Jim Wilmeth was appointed the Police Chief for Siloam Springs in December 2014. He is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 30 years of service. Previously, he served the residents of Lea County, New Mexico as a commissioned Deputy Sheriff, rising through the ranks from a uniformed deputy to Investigator, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain, before retiring in November 2014 as the department’s Undersheriff. He has served as the Inter-rim Chief of Police in Eunice, New Mexico, a Police Officer with the City of Hobbs, New Mexico, and is a veteran of the US Army and US Air Force, having been a Special Agent with the United States Army Criminal Investigations Command and a US Air Force Security Policeman. Jim served in many assignments including Patrol, Investigations, Courts, Training, Drug Suppression, Policy Development, and Internal Affairs. He was a member on three SWAT teams, supervising one of the teams as the founding Team Leader. Jim is a Certified Senior Chief of Police and certified Police Professional Instructor and Firearms Instructor , and holds a Senior Police Officer certificate from the Arkansas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Training. He taught college courses as adjunct faculty for the University of the Southwest prior to moving to Arkansas.
Education: M.S. Ed. (Administration & Curriculum and Instruction), University of the Southwest, Hobbs NM. Graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session #255, Quantico VA. Memberships: Member - Arkansas Association of Chiefs of Police (presently serving on the Education and Accreditation committees); Member – FBI National Academy Associates; Member – International Association of Chiefs of Police; Legionnaire – American Legion Post #29; Member (PM) – Hobbs Lodge # 63, AF & AM, Hobbs, New Mexico. Former member – New Mexico Sheriff’s Association.
Deputy Chief Geoff Lewis joined the Siloam Springs Police Department in 2007 as the Captain of the Criminal Investigation Detachment before being appointed Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Lewis spent over 20 year on active duty in the United States Marine Corps, retiring in 2002. During his military career Deputy Chief Lewis held a variety of leadership positions including Special Reaction Team Leader, Accident Investigation Chief, Operations Chief, Criminal Investigation Division Chief, Military Special Agent with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and Chief Instructor of the Physical Evidence Branch, U.S. Army Criminal Investigation School. After leaving the service, Deputy Chief Lewis served as contractor for the Department of Justice (DOJ) International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP) in Iraq. Deputy Chief Lewis holds a Baccalaureate of Science in Criminal Justice Administration and is a graduate of the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute’s, Arkansas Leader Course as well as the Rural Executive Management Institute.
Enma Verrette is the Administrative Assistant to the Chief of Police. Ms. Verrette was born in Honduras, Central America and raised in Siloam Springs. Ms. Verrette graduated from the Siloam Springs High School and attended John Brown University pursuing a degree in Business Administration, and is fluent in English and Spanish. Previously she worked at Pipelife Jet Stream, Inc. in the accounting department and later in the Human Resources Department for the City of Siloam Springs. In July of 2015, Ms. Verrette transferred to her new position with the Police Department. She is responsible for coordinating operations between the police department, other city departments and outside entities. Ms. Verrette monitors and maintains records and databases related to department funding and expenditures, budget line items and assists with budget preparation. She also performs secretarial work and coordinates the hiring process of new employees.