Meet Sheriff Jim Kaelin


Law Enforcement Service
  • Department of Public Safety, Service Commander (Lieutenant) Safety Education Service. 1972-2001 Retired in 2001 with 29 years of DPS Service
  • Former Deputy Constable Nueces County 1970-1972
  • Former Deputy Sheriff Nueces County 1968-1969
  • Master Peace Officers Certification 1997
  • TCLEOSE Certified Firearms Instructor 1999
  • Advanced Safety Certification National Safety Council
  • Certified Defensive Driving Instructor
  • Over 2000 hours of additional Law Enforecment Classroom Training
  • Commissioned as a Special Ranger 2001
Education
  • Graduated Del Mar college AAS Degree Police Science 1971
  • Graduated Department of Public Safety Training Academy 1972
  • Graduated NW University School of Police Staff and Command 1989
  • Adjunct Instructor Del Mar College Regional Police Academy
  • Certified Firearms Instructor
  • Certified Law Enforcement Instructor
Proven Leadership
  • Boy Scouts of America - Eagle Scout
  • Member Board of Governors, Shriners Hospital for Children Houston
  • Past President Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association
  • Past President Uniformed Safety Education Officers Association
  • Past Chairman, Board of Directors, OxyChem Citizen Advisory Review Board
  • Past President Southside Rotary Club 1999-2000
  • President Elect West Rotary club 2006-2007
  • Past Elder, Bethany Christian Church
  • Past Chairman of the board, Bethany Christian Church
  • Past Potentate Al Amin Shriners 2003
  • Life Member Shrine Clown Unit
  • Life Member Texas PTA
Community Involvement
  • Past President Coastal Bend Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Emeritus Board Member Goodwill Industries of South Texas
  • Past Board Member American Diabetes Association
  • Past Member Child Fatality Review Team Driscoll Children's Hospital
  • Boy Scouts of America, Past Advisory Board Chairman - Explorer Post 51
Awards
  • Liberty Bell Award Young Lawyers Association 1991
  • AAMVA Award of Merit for the Development of a Safety Program titled "The Magic Knot Club"
  • W E Hale Award, Branson, Mo. Child Safety Program Development 1988
Military
  • US Army, Staff Sergeant (E-6) 1959-1968
  • Vietnam Veteran - 6th Battalion 31st Infantry, 9th Infantry Division
  • Honorable Discharge 1968
Family
  • Married for 30 years to Sharon (Bryzelak) Kaelin
  • Five children (Two sons serving Texas as Sergeant Investigators for the DPS)
  • Seven grand children