Justice should prevail
Jim Martin was born and raised in Adams County and graduated from Gettysburg High School. He and his wife Ginny have resided in Menallen Township for the past 28 years, homeschooling their four children, who are all now married and college graduates.
Jim holds an Associate Degree and Bachelors Degree in Forestry and a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics. Following formal education, Jim was employed by the Farmers Home Administration as a County Supervisor of two counties. This position provided invaluable experience implementing and managing governmental loan programs to assist individuals and farmers and coordinating with local governmental agencies. Jim has been employed by local food manufacturers where he was recognized for his cost effective supervision. During the middle of his career, Jim and his family saw the need to minister to troubled young men. As a result, Jim interrupted his career to serve in that ministry. While in that capacity, Jim implemented an educational program to help the troubled young men earn a high school diploma. For 10 years prior to becoming an Adams County Commissioner, Jim was self-employed as a licensed REALTOR. As a full-time REALTOR, Jim has completed numerous real estate transactions, both residential and commercial throughout Adams County. Finally, Jim’s commitment to serve his community is exhibited by over 30 years of volunteer work with youth programs and prison ministries.
November of 2011 Jim was elected as one of three new Adams County Commissioners. It had been since 1967 that an entirely new board had been elected. To help provide direction without an incumbent Commissioner, the new board met to set goals and objectives prior to being sworn into office. This provided the board a compass to enter a tumultuous situation facing the County Government. Armed with those goals and objectives, the new board came into office being as prepared as they could and willing to work together with the common vision of a better Adams County.
Once in office Jim was involved in a robust agenda that brought about must needed action. The board immediately tackled the languishing emergency radio project followed by implementing the reorganization of county departments for a more unified and efficient county government. These actions brought calm and a breath of fresh air to the court house. Through prudent fiscal management the board built a stronger financial position for the county that resulted in continual bond upgrades. Having established a stronger financial position, the board began upgrading computer technology that was near obsolete and lacking the capabilities we needed. During the course of all these activities Jim built into his position as Commissioner a broader scope to serve the County. Jim joined numerous boards that he felt would provide direct and indirect benefits to the County; they are Chairman of the Adams County Prison Board, County Commissioner Association of PA (CCAP) Workmans Compensation Insurance Board, CCAP Investment Board, CCAP Agricultural Committee, Adams County Conservation District Board, Adams County Office for Aging, Adams County 4-H, Workforce Investment Board, Tourist Promotion Agency Board, and the Tax Incremental Finance Committee.