Harlan dies after heart surgery | ParkRecord.com

Harlan dies after heart surgery

by Jay Hamburger, of The Record staff
Roger Harlan

Retiring Park City Councilman Roger Harlan, one of City Hall’s stalwarts since the 1990s, died early Wednesday morning, apparently from complications stemming from heart surgery, Mayor Dana Williams said on Wednesday.

He was 74 years old.

Williams called Harlan a "great guy" as he spoke briefly about him. Harlan did not seek re-election last year. His replacement on the City Council will be sworn into office on Thursday.

Harlan served on the City Council in the 1990s before retiring in early 2002. He reappeared on the political scene in 2005, winning another four-year term on the City Council.

In a recent interview centered on his last term in office, Harlan spoke about City Hall successes in its environmental programs. He touted running the bus system on cleaner-burning fuel and the green elements of a work force housing development under construction at Snow Creek as some of his points of pride.

Harlan had not publicized any health concerns. When he announced his retirement in mid-2009, though, Harlan said his age was a key consideration in his decision not to seek re-election.

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