Operations Division

Lieutenant Jim HamiltonThe department's Deputy Police Chief is Jim Hamilton. Deputy Chief Hamilton oversees all Police Operations.


Deputy Chief Jim Hamilton began his Public Safety career in 1987 as a firefighter with Valley Fire Service in Josephine County (now Rural Metro Fire Department). In 1991, he became a Reserve Police Officer with the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety. In 1992, he left Valley Fire Service and was hired as a full-time officer.

Jim worked as a Patrol Officer, Police Corporal, and was able to work back in the fire field after being promoted as a Public Safety Sergeant. Jim has worked as a DARE officer, Field Training Officer (FTO), and Bike Team Member. He joined the SWAT team in 1996 when the department implemented a tactical team as an operator and has moved through the team as an Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, and Team Commander.

Jim also supervised the 1st department K9 unit and assisted in resurrecting the current Motor Officer Traffic Team. He is a Master Taser Instructor, Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC) Instructor, Pepperball Instructor, Excited Delirium Instructor, Less-Lethal and Chemical Munitions Instructor, Noise-Sound Diversionary Device Instructor, as well as other Survival Skills areas.

Education & Certifications

In addition to several police and fire certifications, Jim has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Managerial Leadership from Northwest Christian University.


Jim attended local schools and is married with 3 daughters, 2 sons, a grandson and 2 dogs.