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Andy James reflects on a career of public service

Andy James is always on to go, eager to get something done.

The former Gloucester County supervisor, who retired from the board at the end of the year after serving two terms representing Ware District, hasn’t slowed down. Being confined to a wheelchair doesn’t stop him; he just relies on his wife Roberta and a slew of friends to get him where he needs to go.

The fire chief of Gloucester County for nearly three decades, Andy said he’s very proud of his time with the department and still attends meetings every month, driven there by whatever department member can stop by and give him a ride in his specially equipped van.

“They don’t have a whole lot of use for a guy in a wheelchair,” said James wryly, “but as long as I can, I’m going to be a member and go to the meetings.”

“They all still call him Chief 1,” said Roberta.

Andy has been a member of Singleton United Methodist Church in Ware Neck since the day he was born, and he said he continues to be active there. It’s the church wh...

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