James Roussell recently retired as the Chief of Staff for the Chicago Police Department. Prior to serving as the Chief of Staff, Jim served as the Executive Officer of Area Central with the Chicago Police Department until his retirement from uniformed service last year. Jim has served with the Chicago Police Department for 36 years serving most of his career in gang-tactical units. He previously commanded the Rogers Park, 24th District and the department’s mobile strike force which targeted gang violence citywide. He has supervised all facets of emergency response and joint operations during his career.
Jim is also a retired Chief Warrant Officer 5 in the United States Marine Corps Reserve with 39 years of service in infantry and intelligence assignments including three combat tours in Iraq. He has completed the Command and Staff College, Expeditionary Warfare School and Marine Air Ground Task Force Intelligence Officer Course. Jim has a Doctor of Education from Olivet Nazarene University with emphasis on ethical leadership as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Science degrees in Criminal Justice from Lewis University. Jim serves as an executive leadership advisor for Leadership Under Fire.