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.