Harmon looking to run for probate judge

Published 9:10 am Thursday, May 31, 2018

LAFAYETTE — Susan Harmon has announced her candidacy for Judge of Probate, Chambers County.

“I have been working within the Chambers County Court System for 16 years,” she said. “I have worked in the public sector as a fire medic for over 34 years and continue to work closely within Chambers County alongside the county volunteer fire departments.

“I am currently a member of Union Hill VFD. My family and I have owned and operated businesses within Chambers County as well as other counties throughout Alabama. I have been self-employed as a practicing attorney since 2002. My office is located in LaFayette.

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“I have practiced in probate court not only in Chambers County, but throughout the State of Alabama. I have owned and operated a tax preparation and advocacy office in LaFayette since 1990. I am involved in the Lee-Chambers Emmaus Family, Area Chamber of Commerce and work closely alongside the Department of Human Resources with our local families and children.”

Harmon is a member of Pleasant Grove Church, where she’s the pianist. She has a son, Blake Whitman, who is currently enrolled at Auburn University, He’s a  research analyst and will obtain his doctorate this December.

Susan’s parents, the late Grady Harmon and Mary Harmon, have been active in various business ventures throughout the county and state. “They worked closely with city and county government, the Development Authority, Chamber of Commerce and churches in Chambers County,” she said. “I have two brothers, Woody Harmon and Douglas Harmon, and a sister, Leigh Harmon Richardson. Harmon Engineering and Construction is owned and operated by my siblings. They oversee the daily operations and work closely with Chambers County and its residents on local and state projects.”

Susan has worked with the Probate Office over the past 16 years preparing deeds and wills, as well as being an advocate for mental health clients, working with clients on administration of estates, bonding, guardianships, conservatorships and estate claims.

“My knowledge of the probate office and the day-to-day operations is extensive,” she said. “I am familiar with accounting procedures and the dispersing of funds which will enable me to work closely with the probate office as well as the commission and state tax office,”

Susan has good working relationships with the attorneys who frequent the probate office, along with abstract and title company representatives, surveyors, and bank officials. “I currently have experience in foreclosures and the procedures which adversely effect home owners,” she said. “With the knowledge and experience I have with these duties of the probate office and court, I am able to work closely with the voters and citizens for quick and suitable resolutions. When I am elected your probate judge, the probate office will be user friendly, each employee will be expected to be knowledgeable, respectful, trustworthy, and considerate. The probate office will be helpful and user friendly to everyone.

“My door will be open for complaints, comments, visits, or just a wave as you visit the office. I will be accessible for the voters as well as commissioners and attorneys. I pledge to work closely with the other departments within the county to make the probate office run more efficiently. I will entertain your complaints, compliments, and questions to the best of my ability. As your ‘user friendly’ candidate for Chambers County Probate Judge, I am the candidate who has the knowledge, experience, personality, devotion, as well as being accountable and trustworthy,”

Vote Susan Harmon on June 5.