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Chief of Police

City of San Luis, AZ

James Lee “Jim” Neujahr was born to a farming family near Lincoln, Nebraska. Jim’s family later moved to Highland, outside of San Bernardino, CA, where he attended the San Bernardino area schools. Growing up in the TV era of Dragnet and Adam-12, Jim knew he wanted to be a Police Officer. Jim worked towards his goal by becoming a Police Explorer, Police Cadet, and Reserve Police Officer. Jim became a Deputy Sheriff with the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office and attended the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Academy in San Bernardino, CA. Jim was awarded the Department’s Medal of Valor and the California Attorney General’s Award of Valor for his actions in a 1984 attack against fellow Deputies.

Jim transferred to the Bishop Police Department in 1986, where he worked various assignments with the department. In 1994, Jim transferred to the Calexico Police Department. During his time with Calexico, Jim worked as a Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Division Commander, and Chief of Police. Jim represented the City of Calexico and the Police Department on various community committees and boards. Jim represented the Imperial County Police Chiefs on the Community Corrections Partnership Board. As a member of the California Police Chief’s Association, Jim represented the Southern California Police Chiefs on the California Peace Officer’s Memorial Foundation Board of Directors. As Calexico Police Chief, Jim received the Calexico Chamber of Commerce Spirit Award and the coveted Lava Lamp Award for Community Leadership. Jim retired from the Calexico Police Department in 2013 and started an investigations business, IMN Investigations. (IMN are the initials of Jim’s daughter.) In the Spring of 2014, Jim accepted a position with the Desert Hot Springs Police Department as their Interim Police Chief.

During his career, Jim has worked in every aspect of the Police Profession, including Dispatcher, Animal Control Officer, Parking Enforcement Officer, and Patrol Officer, Undercover Narcotics Investigator, Division Commander, and Chief of Police. Jim possesses all certifications awarded by the California Commission on Peace Officers’ Standards and Training (POST), including Executive Certification. Jim is a graduate of the Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute, as well as several other leadership and executive programs. Jim is completing his BS degree in Criminal Justice Administration at Bellevue University. Jim is married and has one daughter.

Jim is proud to be serving the citizens and visitors of San Luis, AZ. As the Chief of Police for the City of San Luis, Jim intends to work with the men and women of the department to develop them to their greatest potential, developing the employees to move into future leadership positions, and improve the training and services provided by the department to the community. Jim Neujahr can be contacted by email at jneujahr@cityofsanluis.org.


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