James W. Baker served with the Vermont State Police for over 30 years, rising to the rank of Colonel. He served as the Director from 2006-2009. He received a B.S. in Criminal Justice Management from Southern Vermont College and is a graduate of the 188th Session of the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He has been an Adjunct Professor at the Vermont Police Academy, Southern Vermont College and St. Petersburg College in Florida.
Baker during his career with Vermont State Police he was the recipient of multiple Commissioner’s and Division Commander’s Awards. In 2001 he was recognized by Southern Vermont College as the Distinguished Alumnus.
Baker served as the Chair of North Atlantic Division of the IACP State and Provincial Division, as the Chair of New England HIDTA and a member of the Board of Directors of New England State Police Information Network. He also served on the IACP Executive Committee and Financial Review Committee.
In the fall of 2009 he started a consulting business entitled JW Consulting. Through his consulting he has served as the Interim Director of the Vermont Police Academy, Acting Police Chief in the Town of Manchester, Vt., Interim Chief of Police for City of Rutland, Vt. and project consultant for the IACP to the FBI National Law Enforcement Data Exchange (N-DEx) program. Baker also served as Executive Support Specialist for the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Initiative within the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance.
Baker was appointed the Chief of Police for the City of Rutland in August 2012. Baker received a Gubernatorial Appointment to the Vermont Criminal Justice and Substance Abuse Cabinet in October 2014. He left the position as Chief of Police in January 2015 to accept a position with the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the Director of Law Enforcement Operation and Support.