Lieutenant Jim Martin was born in Evansville and raised in Newburgh, Indiana. He graduated from Castle High School in 1988, and served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves from 1988 until 1996. He spent six (6) months in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia with the 3rd Bn 24th Marines from Evansville, Indiana. Lt. Martin was sworn in as a Deputy Sheriff with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in January, 1994. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree of Science in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations in 2001 from the University of Southern Indiana. In 2012, Lt. Martin received a Master’s Degree in Public Service Administration from the University of Evansville. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, Lt. Martin has been a Motor Patrol Deputy, a K9 handler, a supervisor in the jail and the Court Security Unit, and an investigator in the Professional Standards Unit. He is a certified instructor through the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Academy (PELA) and currently serves as the 1st Shift Assistant Jail Commander. He also serves as the lead advisor for the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office Explorer’s Post # 82. He is the President of the Wallis Christmas Foundation (Shop With A Cop), VP of the Board of Education at Christ the King Catholic School, and the Law Enforcement Group Supervisor with the IDHS District 10 Task Force. He served on the board of directors of the ARK Crisis Child Care Center and the Legal Aid Society of Evansville. He is a volunteer with Youth Resources of Southwestern Indiana and with the Boy Scouts of America. He is a graduate of Leadership Evansville. Lt. Martin and his wife, Karen, have two kids. Lt. Martin is most proud of the manner in which members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office interact with the public and how invested they are in our community.