Harden honored by peers at holiday fete


By Randa Wagner - rwagner@civitasmedia.com



Commissioner Tom Harden holds a certificate commemorating his years of service to Morrow County as sheriff, commissioner and member of many committees and boards. In the photo also are, from left, County Clerk of Courts Vanessa Mills, Commissioner Tom Whiston, Harden, Treasurer Tom Griffith and Auditor Pat Davies. // Photo by Randa Wagner


It was a time of reflection and well wishes when Morrow County public employees honored Commissioner Tom Harden at their annual holiday dinner in early December.

Harden served the county as sheriff for 24 years and most currently as county comissioner. Morrow County Treasurer Tom Griffith starting the ceremony off with a little humor.

“Morrow County was founded in 1848, and I think it was a week after that, Tom Harden started working here,” he said, describing Harden as dedicated, hard working and loyal.

“He’s been a fixture in the county for forty eight years, and his dedication and service is exemplary,” Griffith said, then presented Harden with a certificate which read, “For commission of 48 years of distinguished public service to Morrow County, as a Marketing Morrow team member, county sheriff and county commissioner. Your dedication to developing and improving Morrow County reflects excellence as a public servant.

Many of Morrow County’s elected officials came forward to offer their congratulations and a few humorous memories. Harden himself was humbled, saying, “You know what? I stand here honored to stand before you – I greatly appreciate this honor and this award. I’m going to miss all of you. I’m not leaving Morrow County, and I greatly appreciate all the support and everything I’ve received from the county for the last 48 years. “

He concluded by making the audience laugh with, “If I come back next year – I always go where there’s good food!”

Harden is retiring December 30 and his uncompleted term as county commissioner will be filled late this month by appointment. Six local candidates are vying for the seat.

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Commissioner Tom Harden holds a certificate commemorating his years of service to Morrow County as sheriff, commissioner and member of many committees and boards. In the photo also are, from left, County Clerk of Courts Vanessa Mills, Commissioner Tom Whiston, Harden, Treasurer Tom Griffith and Auditor Pat Davies. // Photo by Randa Wagner
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/29/2015/12/web1_IMG_3977.jpgCommissioner Tom Harden holds a certificate commemorating his years of service to Morrow County as sheriff, commissioner and member of many committees and boards. In the photo also are, from left, County Clerk of Courts Vanessa Mills, Commissioner Tom Whiston, Harden, Treasurer Tom Griffith and Auditor Pat Davies. // Photo by Randa Wagner

By Randa Wagner

rwagner@civitasmedia.com