Chief Security Officer
James Smith is a former U.S. Marshal whose law enforcement career followed a path from a Corrections Officer at Chicago’s Cook County jail to providing security for Justices of the United States Supreme Court and officials at the Department of Justice. Mr. Smith now brings those years of risk assessment to Blue Line Illinois as the managing member.
Mr. Smith was employed with the United States Marshals Service since 1988. During his 26-year career with the U.S. Marshals Service, Jim has served in many areas of increasing responsibility for the Marshals Service. Over the past ten years, he has held the position of Senior Inspector with Judicial Security Division where his primary responsibilities include the protection of the Federal Judiciary, including members of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Deputy Attorney General, members of the U.S. Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judges.
Jim is a subject matter expert in the field of security assessments for Federal and State Court Judiciaries. In 2007, Jim traveled to the Republic of Pakistan to conduct an assessment of the security needs of Pakistan’s court and correctional system. He was a member of the Marshals Service Special Operations Group, a highly trained tactical team that responds to national emergencies. During his career Mr. Smith coordinated and supervised over two-hundred protection missions, ranging from protection of every living U.S. Supreme Court Justice to providing protective operations for several members of the Department of Justice and Federal Judiciary. During all of these operations, including the apprehension of hundreds of fugitives, Mr. Smith never fired his weapon, which is testimony to the thoroughness and accuracy of his assessments and protection protocols. These skills directly relate to Blue Line Illinois and his duties of protecting high value assets in transit.
In his career Mr. Smith has traveled to New York, where he aided in the protection of judicial officials following the September 11 attacks, and Florida, where he thwarted the escape of a dangerous escaped inmate, he also helped form the North Florida Violent Fugitive Task Force while working in Florida as a Deputy U.S. Marshal.
In 2004, Smith was promoted to the position of Senior Inspector for the 7th. Circuit Court of Appeals. In this position, Smith applied his deep knowledge of security in carrying out protective details of various individuals, and in creating security assessments.
Smith accolades include receiving the Director’s Award for action taken while assigned to the U.S. Marshals Service Training Academy, as well as recognition for apprehending a suspect in an armed robbery. James played a vital role in developing a new policy addressing the manner in which prisoners were transferred. All of these activities directly relate to his responsibilities to protect to the assets of Blue Line Illinois.
In his spare time, James volunteers with organizations including Misericordia Heart of Mercy, and Beverly Area Planning Association, which he chairs the neighborhood safety committee.
Blue Line Illinois
10001 S. Seeley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643
Private Security Contractor Agency Number: 122.001335
Private Detective Agency Number: 117.001714
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Dan brings an extensive knowledge of the financial services and banking industry. Prior to Blue Line Illinois, Dan was a Managing Director at a Multi Strategy Hedge Fund responsible for the coordination of all marketing efforts, including business development, investor relations, and external communications for the firm. He also worked in the mortgage industry at Decision One Mortgage, a division of HSBC, as well as a strategic account executive at Experian Information Solutions where he consulted with top tier banking relationships. Dan began his career as a program manager of a diagnostic home for abused and neglected children at Maryville Academy, the largest child/adolescent care organization in Illinois.
Dan received a BA in Psychology from Loras College, Iowa in 1993