Jim Harmes was first elected to the Board of Trustees in December of 2015 and his current term ends in 2022. He retired from the Grand Blanc Fire Department, located just outside Flint Michigan, after 25 and ½ years of service in June of 2014. He moved to Manistique immediately after retiring. He served 34 and ½ years as a Fire Chief in 3 departments in Michigan. He also taught school for 10 years mainly in the Summerfield School District in Petersburg, Michigan.
During his long fire career, Jim was very active in numerous Fire Chief Organizations. He was elected to President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs in 2006-2007. This organization serves Fire Chiefs all over the world. He traveled extensively representing this organization. He also served as President of the Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs and the Southeastern Michigan Association of Fire Chiefs.
Jim earned both his BA and MA from Siena Heights University. He holds his Executive Fire Officers Certification from the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.