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John Kachmar for Mayor of Bethlehem:

About John Kachmar

John Kachmar was born and grew up in Bethlehem. John’s earliest years and memories were spent on Hayes Street on the South Side. Later, his family moved to Washington Avenue on the North Side, where he attended St. Anne’s School. Young John was with Boy Scout Troop 6 where he achieved the level of Eagle Scout. He then attended Notre Dame High School and took a brief hiatus to explore the priesthood at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He returned to Notre Dame to graduate with his class in 1966.

After high school, he joined the Marines where he served with honor and distinction in Vietnam, earning a Purple Heart and numerous other honors. He was honorably discharged and spent 14 years in the Reserves. When he completed his tour of duty in Vietnam, he returned to Bethlehem where he worked at the Bethlehem Steel while attending Moravian College where he earned a degree in history in 1972.

John served as a Scoutmaster, St. Joseph’s Church on 5th Street, as a District Chairperson in Bethlehem and as an Executive Board Member of the Minsi Trails Council. He has two adult children and six grandchildren.

John Kachmar’s Experience

  • ZFounding Executive Director of Lehigh Valley Manpower / Private Industry Council (now the Workforce Development Board)
  • ZChief of Staff of Congressman Don Ritter, 15th Congressional District of Pennsylvania – serving in Washington, DC
  • ZSenior County Administrator for Lehigh County Executive David Bausch, 1986-1993
  • ZManagement Experience as full-service (including City Services) County Administrator in Minnesota, Maryland, and South Carolina
  • ZCity Manager for a newly created City (34 sq mi and 85,000 residents) in the greater Atlanta suburbs. Managed the creation of all departments from hiring of personnel, to direct supervision of a new police department and fire department
  • ZInterim Manager (consultant with responsibility to identify a permanent city manager) for the formation of another new city (38,000 residents) in the Atlanta suburbs
  • ZBi-Partisan Approach: During that time, 1993 to 2014, John worked for Democrat and Republican elected officials, John held no party affiliation, nor did he participate or contribute to political candidates or functions
  • ZPrivate consulting services for companies and corporations involved in public safety, radio communications and government contracting
  • ZRotary International member, Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and founding Board Member of two Public/Private Economic Development Partnerships

John Kachmar’s Values and Ideals

As a Marine, John’s values and ideals are embedded in his character – love of God, country and family. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after high school where he served as a Marine Rifleman, Fireteam Leader and Field Radio Operator during his tour of duty in the Vietnam War. He is a Purple Heart Recipient from combat wounds he incurred in Vietnam. John was decorated with the Navy Achievement Award with the Combat V for Valor.

John has a deep sense of responsibility to his country and his city, and so he wants to leave the world a safer, more sound place. Despite the current social and political turmoil, John believes we are all good citizens who want a brighter future for our children. As mayor of Bethlehem, he will have the opportunity to serve one more time – and vows to lead with honor and distinction.

John believes in a “checks and balances” system of local government – a system that does not lean far left nor far right.