Jim Carter here. I didn’t make it to the 50th. I taught an all-day Traffic Violator School class cross the street at St. Isidore’s, and I was just too worn out to make it. Up at 5:00 a.m. and home about 5:30 p.m.
I graduated Yuba College with an AA in Administration of Justice. In June of 1966, I met Patricia Marie Thompson; introduced by a friend at J.C. Penney Co. In December 1966 we married in Reno, Nevada. In Dec. 2014, we will celebrate our 48th anniversary. We have three fantastic daughters; Leslie Konvalinka, a math teacher in Sonoma Co.; Laurel Scarioni, a professional dog trainer (Pawsitive Results Critter Academy), and an instructor at Bergin Canine University in Sonoma Co.; and Lisa Lake, a teacher in Wheatland.
I was hired by the City of Marysville as a police patrol officer in Jan. 1968, reaching the rank of sergeant/watch commander. I had to medically retire at the end of Nov. 1992, with an injured back and other cumulative injuries. Over 25 years of police service, I went from patrol officer, to corporal, to field training officer, and finally to sergeant/watch commander. I loved my job and hated to leave, but my badly damaged back overruled me.
After my medical retirement, at the end of 1992, I was hired by Gladding & Michel Investigations, Inc. in Feb. 1993 to work out of their Sacramento office, which I ended up running after about two years. I traveled all over my territory, which covered from the west coast into Nevada and from the Oregon border to about Modesto. I did products liability private investigations for numerous corporate clients, including all the major car, truck and tire companies. After awhile, the main office told me the car companies had started asking for me by name. Seems my investigations were getting them either completely removed from law suits, or facilitating greatly reduced payouts. I also did some work comp fraud cases for other corporate clients. I worked for them from Feb. 1993 until mid-2000, when their rapid over-expansion created a bankruptcy; that closed all but the original three offices in Burlingame, Reno and Las Vegas.
I worked with a brother-in-law in electrical contracting for three years until his death from military service-related cancer from Agent Orange at age 50. He had been a crew chief on the KC-135 aerial refueling planes during Vietnam out of Beale AFB. One of his fellow crew chiefs had married one of his sisters and we lost him a year later, also at age 50, and also due to Agent Orange.
For the last 10 years, I have been a DMV-licensed Traffic Violator School Instructor for Pacific Seminar Traffic Safety out of Santa Cruz Co,, CA. I teach classes all over No. CA.