James received a B.A. in Political Science with honors from the University of Delaware in 2007 and a Master’s of Business Administration from Wilmington University in 2014. James studied Arabic overseas at the Yemen Language Center in June 2006 and in the United Arab Emirates through the Gulf Arabic Programme in July 2005. Most recently, he attended a week-long economic seminar, Mises University, at the Mises Institute in July 2015.
Two months after 9/11, James enlisted in the Army Reserve during his freshmen year at the University of Delaware. After postponing his sophomore year to finish training, he returned for winter session in January 2003. Two weeks into his sophomore year, James’s unit (the 744th Military Police Battalion) was mobilized. In March 2003, the 744th deployed to Kuwait and crossed the border into Iraq shortly thereafter. During his year-long tour in Iraq, James started as a prison guard in Naseriyah, Iraq. After his unit was relocated to Baghdad, he became his battalion commander’s gunner and then driver. On a mission in Baghdad, James’s convoy was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) and he received the Combat Action Badge.
James began working in the financial industry after graduating from college. Shortly after getting hired as an underwriter for Merchant Cash and Capital in early 2007, he quickly worked his way up into a management role at the fledgling company before leaving to join a municipal police department in Delaware in October 2008. While employed as a police officer, James has created several community outreach initiatives, most notably the #HugACop campaign which won Technically Delaware’s Best Social Media Venture for 2015.
James is also a very active musician and plays the guitar throughout Delaware in an acoustic duo – Hall & Spadola Acoustic (facebook.com/jamesandmatt). Please say, “Hello” if you ever see him at gig!
James was born in New Jersey in 1983 and is the youngest of two children. His sister recently graduated from Florida International University with a PhD, his father owned a tire store and his mother was an administrative aide at the local elementary school. After getting hired as a police officer, James moved into Trolley Square in Wilmington and has lived in the area ever since.
Board member of 1504 North Broom Street Condo Association
Treasurer of Fraternal Order of Police of Lodge 4
Treasurer/Public Safety chair of Delaware Avenue Community Association
Red Shoe Society