Jim was born and raised in Newmarket, Ontario Canada. He attended Seneca College where he graduated with honours in the Law Enforcement and Crime Detection programme.
Jim commenced his career with the Metropolitan Toronto Police and after riding a motorcycle for two years in all four seasons (using sidecar in the winter) he moved on to the Mississauga Police Department. On January 1, 1974 Mississauga Police and four other municipal police departments, Port Credit, Streetsville, Brampton and Chinguacousy amalgamated into the Peel Regional Police Department. Jim received the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery in a unit citation for his role in the aftermath of the Mississauga train derailment in 1979.
After serving in the uniform branch and working plain clothes and old clothes assignments, Jim was transferred into the Criminal Investigations Branch. He was promoted to the rank of Detective and served in 11, 22 and 21 Division Criminal Investigation Branches.
Having a love for the Muskoka area, he and his wife Donna decided to move north to Gravenhurst, where Donna had spent her summers, and settled in Kilworthy. All three sons Gregory, Curtis and Richard attended K.P. Manson Public School and Gravenhurst High School.
Jim was in his thirtieth year serving as the Chief Municipal Law Enforcement Officer when he retired from the Town of Gravenhurst. Jim’s duties included para legal responsibilities in writing town by-laws, investigating and prosecuting breaches of town by-laws and provincial statutes. Jim obtained his CMMIII Executive designation (Certificate of Municipal Management) while employed with the town.
Jim and Donna have been active members of Pinegrove Fellowship Church in Bracebridge for 36 years. Jim served as a Sunday school teacher, deacon, Chairman of the Board and on other various committees.
Jim has been an avid collector of police militaria and since being retired decided to write this book because little if anything has been written or is documented on the Gravenhurst Police Department. Enjoy reading the book and please email the writer with feedback.