Jim served with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office from 1977 to 1995 as a Deputy Sheriff, SWAT Team Member and Team Leader and as the Training Sergeant. He was also Interim Director of the Greenville County Office for Emergency Preparedness from 1992 to 1993 and served with the International Tactics to Combat Terrorism Team in 1995. In addition to his responsibilities with Sharpshooters, Jim also currently serves as chaplain for the TR Fire Department.
Jim’s vast experience also includes time assisting the Secret Service for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle. He is an NRA Appointed Training Counselor, Chief Range Safety Officer, and is NRA certified to instruct Personal Protection in the Home, Home Firearm Safety, shotgun and pistol. He was trained in firearms and explosives though the Department of Treasury / ATF, is certified through the U.S. Coast Guard in national search and rescue, and attended the Pan American Training Institutes “Strategic Reaction Team. Training” levels 1 and 2. and served as an adjunct instructor with Pan Am.
He completed first response training in Terrorism through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and has level 2 certification in firearm instruction through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. He is a PPCT Spontaneous Knife Defense Instructor and a certified armor through the Smith and Wesson Academy. He also completed the GLOCK Armorers Course in firearms and safety and is a Level 3 SLED concealed weapons security officer. Jim is certified to teach Concealed Weapon’s courses in South Carolina and Utah.