December 13, 1999
Duvall City Director Jim Bourasa.
Photo by Becky Nixon.
by Becky Nixon & Lisa Allen
DUVALL--For the first time ever, a city employee has been named Citizen of the Year by the Duvall Chamber of Commerce. Last week, the Chamber announced that City Director Jim Bourasa will receive the honor at the annual banquet to be held at the Duvall United Methodist Church.
Bourasa got four nominations for the volunteer time he has given the city and community, according to Chamber of Commerce member Margie Coy. The date for the banquet, which will include a roast for the honored guest, has not yet been announced. Bourasa will also receive a plaque from the Chamber.
"I'm very happy to be selected," he said. "I don't deserve all the credit ... people made suggestions, 'you are going to do that,' and I couldn't let them down. It's been a fun year. A lot of other people deserve credit, mainly Margie Coy."
Bourasa has co-chaired Duvall Days and will do it again for May 2000. He has co-chaired the Duvall holiday lighting for two years and Coy said he always helped in previous years. He has served on the Chamber for four years and served as the city liaison for three years.
Bourasa, 62, planned to retire at the end of this year, but Mayor Glen Kuntz talked him into staying a while longer--if not full-time, at least on a part-time basis. He was hired as Duvall's police chief in 1987. After seven years in that position he became city director. He has become well-known as the Frog Man at Duvall Days, wearing a full-body frog suit at this year's festival, and has co-chaired the frog jumping contest.
City Clerk Gloria Judd said she will miss Bourasa when he leaves. "He always got along so well with everybody," she said. "The mayor was always so busy that Jim made a good go-between between us and the mayor."
Bourasa and his wife, Fran, plan to vacation for two weeks in Hawaii in February.