G.M. 'Jim' Haney Retires After 44 Years

The City of Fredericksburg treasurer now plans to bring a botanical garden to Fredericksburg.

Jim Haney with his daughter Bev Haney and son Matt Haney. Photo by Brenda Wood.
Jim Haney with his daughter Bev Haney and son Matt Haney. Photo by Brenda Wood.

Fredericksburg City Treasurer G.M. (Jim) Haney has retired after 44 years of service.  He was honored recently with an afternoon reception at City Hall.

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Haney was elected treasurer in November 1969 and took office on Jan. 1, 1970.  "He has been re-elected every term since, while having opposition only once in his career," said Brenda Wood, chief deputy treasurer and treasurer-elect.  His entire 44 years of public service has been as the treasurer. 

Haney graduated from James Monroe High School in 1950 then attended the University of Richmond.  From 1954 - 56, he served in the Marine Corps as a disbursing officer.

"Although Mr. Haney is 'retiring', he is a man that will probably never really retire," Wood said.  "I consider him a 'one-man think tank' whose mind is constantly in motion thinking of his next project.   His immediate plans are to bring a botanical garden to the city, working with several advocates to make it a reality.  Recently he was a finalist in the Made in FredVA business plan competition for this project." 

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