Richard Verga: Mayor
Beginning in 1960, Mr. Verga conducted and managed US Air Force research and development in space power and propulsion, while continuing advanced studies at OSU. In 1983 he joined the Pentagon's Strategic Defense Initiative. As Director of Key Technologies he oversaw advances in space power and propulsion, materials science, launch vehicles and weapons effects/countermeasures. In the late 80's he created a partnership between us scientists and their counterparts in the Soviet Union in developing space nuclear reactors; this was the first cooperation in high tech between the US and Russia during and following the days of the Soviet Union.
Subsequently in the State Department he pursued "Defense Comission", matching up US companies with their equivalents in the former Soviet Republics to assist in "Converting" their industries into commercial production.
After retiring from Federal Service in 1993, Mr Vega worked as a business development consultant representing a number of US and European companies wishing to establish commercial activities in the ex-Soviet Republics.
Mr. Vega returned to Ohio in 2001; he stayed as a technology consultant to the Air Force Research Laboratory, and was appointed to the Harveysburg Village Council in 2002. He was elected to that position in 2003; he was elected mayor in 2007 and reelected to that office in 2011.
Moved to Harveysburg in 1993. Helped as Assistant Zoning Administrator in 1996. On Council 2000 until 2006. Village Administrator 2007 until 2009. Head of Planning Board in 2013. Elected to council in 2014.
Jim has been on Planning and Zoning, Streets and Buildings, Records, Finance, and Police Committee.
I have lived in the village for 20 years, I am married with 3 grown children and Twin girls that will be seniors at Clinton Massie next fall. I have been involved with our local government for about 15 years, including being a member of the Board of Zoning appeals for many years prior to running for Council. I was elected to Village Council in November of 2013, I have been involved in manufacturing my whole work life and am currently working as a Manufacturing Engineer in Dayton.