About the Secretary
Although born in Orange, NJ, in 1951, Jim moved to Burlington with his family when he was four years old. He later moved to South Burlington and graduated from South Burlington high school and then the University of Vermont.
With over 30 years of business experience gained working in a variety of diverse companies—from a global Fortune 100, to a Vermont-based, family-owned, grocery distribution company, to a Vermont regulated utility—Jim understands Vermont business needs.
“In government, as in business, I focus on the customer experience. If there is anything that I learned in my thirty plus years working in the business sector, it is that information and accessibility are key.”
Initially, getting involved in local government to help solve a local zoning issue, Jim began reading up on statute and involving himself in municipal government and has been an avid advocate for the people’s right to know ever since.
Jim served for 18 years (1989 to 2007) on the South Burlington City Council, the last eight years of which he served as chair.
In 2001, Jim was elected as a Senator for Chittenden County. He served four terms and chaired three integral committees: Education (2003–2004); Government Operations (2005–2006); Joint Legislative IT (2008).
During each non-election year, Jim tours the state on his “Transparency Tour” discussing open meeting and public records laws with local officials and the public. While the official tour is biennial, he will gladly bring his presentation to any town that requests it, at all times of the year. View more information about (or request a presentation of) the Transparency Tour.