Jim is a graduate of Lanier High School in Macon and a graduate of Georgia Southern College with a degree in Mathematics. He served as Naval Officer (Lieutenant) on the Aircraft Carrier USS America (CVA-66) during the Vietnam Conflict. He began his career in the Ad Valorem Appraisal field in 1972 with the Bibb County Tax Assessors Office and ultimately was named Chairman of The Board of Tax Assessors.
Jim served as the Director of Financial Affairs at Mercer University.
Jim was elected Bibb County Tax Commissioner in 1999 and subsequently was appointed Commissioner of The Georgia Department of Motor Vehicle Safety.
Jim has served as Chief Appraiser in Bibb, Upson, Colquitt and Monroe counties.
He is the past President of the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials and was formally an instructor for the Georgia Department of Revenue and UGA in the Assessor/Appraiser Training Program.
Jim is currently an Instructor for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at UGA for the County Commissioner Training Program.
Jim is a Graduate of Leadership Macon and is on the Advisory Board of Leadership Macon.
Jim has served on the Board of The American Red Cross and Rivers Edge Foundation.
Jim is married with four daughters and 10 Grandchildren.
His passions are Family and Golf.