Jim Nolan, Sr., has been a resident of Indian Harbour Beach since 1966. Jim was married for 42 years (his wife, Dorothy, passed away in February of 2000) and raised 5 children in our city (Patricia, Jim Jr, Susan, Linda and Timothy). All of the children attended Ocean Breeze Elementary School where daughter Susan is now a teacher. Jim has 10 grandchildren, and 9 great-grandchildren.
A graduate of the U.S. Army Signal School, Jim attended the RCA Institute of New York, NY, and then spent 47 years in communications and the aerospace industry, retiring from Harris Corporation in May of 1999.
Jim was elected to the City Council in November of 1993, and served as Deputy Mayor in 1994 to 1995, and Mayor from 1995 to 1998. He is also a former member of the City's Planning and Zoning Board, served for 2 years on the City's Civil Service Board, and is Past President of Indian Harbour Beach Football. For many years, he worked with Little League as coach, vice president, manager and chief umpire.
He retired from the Fire Department after 26 years of active service and was Fire Chief from 1994 to 2000. He was also President of the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department Corporation twice, named Indian Harbour Beach Firefighter of the Year for 2 consecutive years, and honored as the Indian Harbour Beach Volunteer Fire Department Corporation Man of the Year in 1988. As a result of his extensive record of commitment to serving our community, Jim Nolan, Sr. was honored in 1996 by the Lions Club with their Citizen of the Year Award.