Jim Golden

JIM GOLDEN – Ballot #2

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Jim Golden, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has worked in law enforcement for more than 40 years beginning his career in the Philadelphia Police Department and working his way to Executive Officer to the police commissioner in 1992 where he remained until his retirement in 1996. In 2000, he was chosen as the first Civilian Director of the Trenton Police Department. He set a new strategic direction for community-based policing, which led to significant crime reduction throughout the city of Trenton. In 2002, he was also appointed by the United States Department of Homeland Security as the first Federal Security Director at Philadelphia International Airport.

He was then appointed Chief of Police for the Saginaw, Michigan Police Department, leading 200 sworn and civilian employees. He was appointed to the School District of Philadelphia as Chief Safety Executive in 2005 and was responsible for leading a staff of over 700 employees. He retired in 2010.

Golden holds a Bachelor of Science in management from Philadelphia University, and has completed graduate courses at the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at the Police Executive Research Forum, Harvard University, and the Temple University Public Service Management Institute. He and his wife have lived in Trenton for the past 13 years and have three daughters.


  • Has lived in Trenton for the past 13 years
  • Education: BS in Management from Philadelphia University


  • Revise the tax structure to attract high income citizens; generate higher revenue in order to lower taxes.
  • Develop a highly trained special operations force for tactical deployment in high crime areas.
  • Create partnerships with organizations like Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Club to connect youths with mentors.
  • Lobby School Development Authority, the Governor’s Office, and the NJ Department of Education to receive funding to repair, renovate or rebuild Trenton’s 22 schools.
  • To “rehab” abandoned buildings in Trenton to help population growth.
  • To attract young professionals by creating jobs.