Jim was born and raised in Priest River and is a fourth generation Priest River area resident. He attended Priest River Lamanna High School and graduated in 1986. He later attended college and received his BA from Eastern Washington University. After graduating from EWU, Jim attended graduate school at Arizona State University before receiving his Masters Degree from the University of Montana.
Jim was first elected to the City Council in November 1997 and was sworn in to his first term in January 1998. After serving two terms on the City Council, Jim was elected Mayor in 2005 and was sworn in as Mayor in January 2006.
Jim is employed full time managing the Juvenile Detention Center for Bonner County. Jim and his wife Kerri also own a telecommunications business. When he does have a little free time he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his family. His grandfather, mother, brother, sister, and their families all live in the Priest River area. Jim has been married to Kerri for 12 years and has two stepsons and one grandson. He enjoys working with the people in the community and is looking forward to growth and making Priest River the place to live, work, and visit.