Joan Bannan Harris has served on the township committee since January 2019. She has been a fierce advocate of the Stigma Free Initiative, which seeks to eradicate the stigma associated with mental health illnesses and substance-abuse disorders. She continues to serve on the township’s Board of Health and the Municipal Alliance Against Drug and Alcohol Abuse. Bannan Harris also currently serves on the following committees:Community Service Liaison, DPW & Engineering Subcommittee, Environmental Commission, Friends of the Kennedy-Martin-Stelle Farmstead, Golf Advisory Committee, Green Team, Insurance Fund Committee, Parks, Pathways & Recreation, Planning Board, and Sewerage Authority.
Bannan Harris is a member of the New Jersey Bar. Most of her career has been spent in the courtroom as a civil trial attorney where she defended healthcare professionals in malpractice suits. She was also an Assistant Prosecutor for Morris County. More recently, she worked as an insurance professional for a national medical professional liability carrier managing high exposure claims and suits.
She has raised her four children in Bernards Township and will see her youngest son graduate from Ridge High School this year, ending a 17-year tenure in the Bernards Township School District.
Joan Bannan Harris is the first Democrat to serve on the township committee in 20 years. She is also proud to be the first democratic woman and grandmother to serve on the township committee!
You may email Joan Bannan Harris at [email protected].