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Jim, like Chief Pyznarski, was raised in Chicago Ridge where many of his family still reside. He attended Ridge Central, Finley Junior High and graduated from H. L. Richards High School in 1987. In 1989, Jim received an associate degree in criminal justice from Moraine Valley Community College.
Jim was hired by the Village of Richton Park as a full-time police officer in September of 1993. He was assigned to investigations as a detective in January of 1996, where he worked until he left in 1998 to work for the town he grew up in, Chicago Ridge. Jim has held the ranks of patrol officer, corporal, detective, sergeant detective, and commander of investigations. In August of 2017, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief of Investigations.
Jim has also been an evidence technician, field training officer, member of the bike patrol unit and on the rapid response team. In addition to being an investigator for Chicago Ridge, Jim was assigned to the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force. He was a member of the task force from January 2004 until January 2016. During those twelve years, Jim was involved in over sixty homicide investigations for one of the most highly regarded task forces in the country. In 2016, Jim became a member of the newly formed Southwest Major Crimes Task Force.