About James

James A. Gulley, Jr. is a native Vermonter who grew up in Bennington, and is a graduate of Mount Anthony Union High School, Castleton State College, and Norwich University. In 2003, Chief Richard Gauthier hired James as a patrolman for the Town of Bennington. For approximately fourteen years, James served the Town of Bennington with admiration in his heart. Being a public servant is a dream come true for James. In 2007, James was appointed to serve as the Constable for the Town of Bennington, where the Selectboard required certain civil ordinances be enforced. In 2010, James was elected to serve two terms as the High Bailiff for Bennington County. James served this position well and functioned as a safeguard for the Sheriff of Bennington County, completing state of affairs that the Sheriff was unable to accomplish.

Throughout his fifteen years of public service, James has taken his position as a law enforcement officer seriously. In addition, as a Detective for the Vermont State Police – Drug Task Force and for Manchester Police Department, James has listened to, and learned from many citizens in Bennington County, and understands what people want. In doing so, James has always been willing to establish connections with people to make a difference in their lives.

James is also active in community service events. James and his family partake in delivering meals for their church, All Saints Episcopal Church in North Adams, Massachusetts. Additionally, James gets involved in Special Olympics where he has donated money and partaken in the yearly law enforcement torch run. Knowing how important Special Olympics were to James’ late Uncle, Jeffrey Palmer, it is still an honor to promote respect, acceptance, inclusion, and human dignity for all people. Furthermore, James is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons – Mount Anthony Lodge #13, where the emphasis is placed on the individual man by strengthening character, improving moral and spiritual outlook, and broadening mental horizons.

In June of 2018, James announced his intention to run for Sheriff, noting:

“As you know, our Vermont towns and villages are facing a lethal threat... The lethal threat comes from opioids, universally identified as the heroin epidemic... As your Sheriff, I will not interfere with the current operations of the Sheriff’s Department - such as civil process, community patrols, or courtroom security... However, I will be adding a new service; unique trainings and investigations that mirror what people of Bennington County want and with me at the helm providing balanced leadership that values listening, will create an environment that has respect for all.”

James also has the distinct honor of working as a law enforcement Instructor for the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center. Working with secondary students, James has attended Vermont SkillsUSA in 2017 and 2018 where his students have won numerous state competitions in both criminal justice and crime scene investigations.

James lives in Bennington with his wife Katie Tatro Gulley and their two sons, Colin and Logan James. In addition to their two spoiled great danes.

Family

  • Married to Katie since 2008
  • Two sons, Colin and Logan James
  • Two great danes, two horses, and our cat named Meatball

Education

Castleton State College

  • Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice

Norwich University

  • Masters of Public Administration

Law Enforcement Experience

Bennington Police Department

  • Patrol Officer
  • Mid-level Management
  • Narcotic Investigator

Manchester Police Department

  • Patrol Officer
  • Narcotic Investigator

Vermont State Police – Drug Task Force

  • Narcotic Investigator

Recovery Involvement

Manchester Fed-Up

  • Recovery group

The Collaborative

  • Treatment Center

One Heartbeat

  • Recovery group

United Counseling Service

  • Mental health service

Thank you for your time, in addition to your support

on Tuesday, November 06, 2018.

Family

  • Married to Katie since 2008
  • Two sons, Colin and Logan James
  • Two great danes, two horses, and our cat named Meatball

Education

Castleton State College

  • Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice

Norwich University

  • Masters of Public Administration

Law Enforcement Experience

Bennington Police Department

  • Patrol Officer
  • Mid-level Management
  • Narcotic Investigator

Manchester Police Department

  • Patrol Officer
  • Narcotic Investigator

Vermont State Police – Drug Task Force

  • Narcotic Investigator

Recovery Involvement

Manchester Fed-Up

  • Recovery group

The Collaborative

  • Treatment Center

One Heartbeat

  • Recovery group

United Counseling Service

  • Mental health service