Jim is a senior fire investigator for the fire investigation division of Rehmann Corporate Investigative Services (CIS). He is based in Niles, Michigan.
When Jim joined Rehmann in 2003, he brought with him an extensive record in fire, explosion and fraud investigation to the team. His expertise in complex investigations — as well as his involvement in monitoring and strengthening National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) processes regarding fire investigations — is respected throughout the industry.
Prior to joining Rehmann, Jim served 25 years with the Michigan State Police. He headed the Investigative Resources Unit of the Fire Marshal Division and was responsible for development and delivery of statewide fire and fraud investigation training programs, investigator certifications and major case investigations.
Jim has investigated more than 2,000 fires in his career. In addition, he has taught classes for several International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) chapters and community college courses in both law enforcement and fire science. He has also testified as an expert in fire origin and cause determination in both criminal and civil courts, as well as provided testimony at depositions and before a federal grand jury.
Jim graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting and is certified as a fire investigator by both the IAAI (IAAI-CFI) and National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) (NAFI-CFEI). Jim meets the current training requirements through continuing education courses current in the fire investigation industry.
Jim’s mission is to provide quality investigations based on honesty, integrity, knowledge and experience. He strives to uphold Item 10 in the IAAI’s Code of Ethics: to be a “truth seeker, not a case maker.”