Who is James Marshall?

Almost a Lifelong Resident of Koscuisko County

I am an “almost” lifelong resident of Kosciusko County. My family lived just over the county line and when I was 8 we moved a few miles down the road into Kosciusko County.

I graduated from Warsaw Community High School in 1994 and volunteered for the Army Reserves upon graduation and I began Basic Training in September of 1994 at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Army Life

I spent 13 years in the United States Army Reserves and Indiana Army National Guard (1/293 Infantry Battalion) Reconnaissance Platoon. I was deployed as part of the invasion of Iraq in 2003. As a sergeant, I led soldiers on combat missions as a team leader and assistant team leader and received a Combat Infantry Badge. I then served as part of an Indiana counterterrorism quick response task force. After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, I was activated and sent to assist with stabilization and relief efforts. I was honorably discharged in 2007.

I received the Combat Infantry Badge as a result of my time in the Middle East.

Law Enforcement

I had started a career in law enforcement career in 2002 as a reserve with the Milford Police Department. When I returned from Iraq I resumed as a reserve officer, and was hired full-time in 2005. I attended the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2006, graduating 5th in my class.

  • In 2007 I was hired by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office as a merit deputy. I was selected for the SWAT team the following year.
  • I was promoted to the rank of corporal in the Patrol Division in 2018; became a detective in early 2019; and by end of that year attained my current rank of Detective Sergeant in the Investigations Division, where my primary case load is child abuse and child sex crimes. I am a certified forensic interviewer with Child First of Indiana.
  • I was selected as a team leader with the SWAT Team in 2017. Two years later I was given the responsibility of Assistant Commander.
  • I am the team leader of what is now called the Kosciusko County Special Operations Group (a joint team of the sheriff’s office and the Nappanee Police Department). Our team has conducted dozens of operations in support of the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office; other law enforcement agencies in Kosciusko, Wabash, Fulton, and Whitley counties; and the Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and U.S. Marshals Service Fugitive Task Force. My responsibilities include scheduling, planning, and conducting training; and purchasing equipment and uniforms. I also conduct reconnaissance, planning, briefing, and leading one of our two teams during missions.
  • I am the Senior Firearms Instructor for the sheriff’s office, responsible for firearms training both in-house and with outside agencies that request our assistance.
  • I am responsible for purchasing new equipment, firearms, and ammunition, and I have conducted active shooter training at county businesses and churches.
  • Since 2019 I also have been part of the hiring board that interviews candidates who seek employment as sheriff deputies.