The Avalon Borough Council has selected longtime resident, volunteer, and businessman James Deever to serve on Borough Council. Deever will fill the unexpired term vacated by former councilman William Burns who resigned on December 31st, 2016. Deever will run for re-election to a full, four-year term on the Avalon Borough Council in the May 9, 2017 municipal election. Deever was sworn in to office by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi during the January 11th, 2017 Council meeting.

“I am humbled and honored to be welcomed to the Avalon team that has provided successful, responsible leadership for our community for many years”, Deever said. “I am anxious to get involved in many of our important initiatives and assist Council with a responsible municipal budget that will finance very important initiatives and projects that advances the high standard of living we are accustomed to in Avalon. I pledge to work hard every day, shoulder to shoulder with this Council and our Mayor to continue good government in the Borough”.

Deever is 57 years old and for the past 26 years he has lived in Avalon with his wife Tracy Hause Deever while also owning the Avalon Super Market. The Deevers’ two children attended the Avalon Elementary School for eight years. He is a 1981 graduate of Shippensburg State College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing.

“I want to congratulate the Avalon Borough Council for making an excellent choice to fill this unexpired term”, said Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi. “Jim Deever has been a community leader and actively involved on many projects and Boards to assist Avalon in so many different ways. His leadership and vision will be a tremendous asset for our entire community”.

Deever has a long history of community service with the Borough of Avalon through various organizations. Deever was appointed by Avalon Mayor Martin Pagliughi to serve on the Avalon Recreation Advisory Board which assists the Avalon Department of Recreation on various rules and regulations. Deever initiated the Pee Wee basketball program which has been running continually in Avalon since 1999.

Deever is a past member of the Avalon School Board where he worked on contract negotiations and helped Avalon and Stone Harbor to combine its first through eighth grade programs. He also is an active member with the Avalon Chamber of Commerce and the Avalon Historical Society Board.

He will run for re-election in the May 9th, 2017 municipal election along with Team Avalon running mates Council President Dr. Nancy Hudanich and Council Vice President John McCorristin.