Jim McLaughlin chairs the Town of Atherton Transportation Committee. This committee developed the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP) and recommended it to the Town Council, which adopted the program in 2016. The NTMP seeks to balance public safety interests including traffic mitigations and emergency response.

He served on the 2017-18 San Mateo County Civil Grand Jury, Public Safety Committee. During his tenure the Grand Jury issued several reports, including: Menlo Park Fire Protection District: Ready for Growth?

From 2010 to 2014, Jim served as a Regional Program Manager for the U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Working from the regional office in San Francisco, he administered federal highway safety grants to Arizona, California, Hawaii and the Pacific Territories.

Jim retired at the rank of Chief from the California Highway in 2010. He was responsible for the Enforcement and Planning Division at the time of his retirement, which has oversight of four commands: Research and Planning Section, Commercial Vehicle Section, Special Projects Section, and the Field Support Section. The Division manages more than $50 million in federal grants annually.

The Division is charged with policy development and program management relative to CHP enforcement and investigative programs, transportation of hazardous materials and waste, commercial vehicle inspection program, Department accreditation program, legislation analysis and more. The Division is the primary liaison with other state and federal agencies, such as Caltrans, DMV, Department of Justice, and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

He served as Assistant Chief in the CHP Golden Gate Division which provides emergency services to the nine Bay Area Counties (including San Mateo County). In addition to providing management oversight of 12 CHP commands, he served on the Bay Area Joint Terrorism Task Force Executive Committee and worked with other Bay Area agencies on transportation-related issues including congestion relief. Jim also served as the Training Division commander with responsibility for the Academy, in-service training and professional development programs.

Jim served as commander of CHP field operations in Napa and Imperial Counties. As a Captain he was responsible for the Golden Gate Division Critical Incident Investigation Team, and Company Commander at a number of civil disturbances and natural disasters throughout California.

As a lieutenant, Jim served as operations officer for the CHP Sacramento field office, and was commander of the Sacramento Communications Center. He also served as special assistant to the Governor’s cabinet secretary for CHP, Caltrans, DMV and several other departments. Jim began his CHP career as a patrol officer in the Los Angeles area. He also served on a multi-agency task force planning the law enforcement response to the 1984 Olympics held in Los Angeles. While in college, Jim was a seasonal firefighter with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Calfire).

Jim graduated from the University of California, Davis in 1980 with a degree in economics. He was selected to attend the FBI National Academy, Session 175 in 1993. Jim completed the Northwestern University, Center for Public Safety – Contemporary Public Safety Executive Management program in 2006. He has also completed the Capstone Leadership Program on Extremism and Terrorism sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.

Jim is a (lifetime) member of the California Association of Highway Patrolmen, and the FBI National Academy Associates.

He is married, with two adult children and lives in Atherton.