About Larry Holmes
Larry Holmes has served as 6th Ward Commissioner in Haverford Township since 2006, and served as Vice-President of the Board in 2019 and 2020. Larry and Priscilla, and their four children, Jack, Kevin, Annie and Ryan have made Haverford Township their home since 1998. Larry is a native of Northeastern Pennsylvania, a graduate of Georgetown University and Villanova University School of Law and is a principal at Offit Kurman, a law firm in Center City Philadelphia. During 26 years of commercial litigation, Larry also spent nine years practicing law in the area of Municipal Finance, including serving as Haverford Township's Bond Counsel in 2001.
As Commissioner, Larry has concentrated his efforts on the Skatium, Finance, Personnel and the Library. Significantly, Larry has chaired the Finance Committee for the past twelve years, and has led the Township out of significant financial difficulties to restore the Township's financial reputation, culminating in 2020 with the first-time granting of an investment-grade Triple "A" Bond Rating to Haverford Township's General Obligation Bonds. Larry has played a pivotal role in all the major decisions of the Board, and can point to several significant accomplishments. In 2015, Larry coordinated a bi-partisan effort to embark on the badly needed reconstruction project for the new combined Municipal Services Building and Police Department, which is slated to open in early 2018. In 2011, Larry was instrumental in drafting and passing the Township's Human Relations Ordinance which bars discrimination in housing, commercial property, employment and public accommodations based on race, color, religious creed, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, handicap or disability, and he spearheaded the Township's efforts to create the Human Relations Commission.
One very important issue for Larry continues to be the relationship between our Police force and the community it serves, and protecting our township from the militarization of suburban Police Departments that contributes to the volatile situation in so many American neighborhoods. Larry has worked closely with our police department leadership to organize meetings with community groups and address issues important to every member of our community, to make Department manuals and statistics available to the public, and to advocate for progressive policing methods to prevent what we are seeing happen in so many cities and inner ring suburbs in America. Larry is particularly keen on the consequences, unintended and otherwise, of practices and symbols that negatively impact communities of color.
Larry has hosted dozens of Town-Hall meetings at the Chestnutwold School, bringing Township representatives directly to the people of the Sixth Ward in their own neighborhood, answering questions, soliciting their input and explaining his positions on Township and Sixth Ward issues.
And, against sage advice, he still plays ice hockey at the Skatium.