Chief of Police



Chief James C. Hildmann has 20 years of law enforcement experience and began his career with the Village of Liverpool in 1995 as a Police Officer.  In 1996, he became a Syracuse Police Officer as a result of a merger between Syracuse Police Department and Liverpool Police Department.  In 1998 he joined the Town of Dewitt Police Department serving as a Police Officer with special interest in crime scene investigation, performing evidence technician duties on all three patrol shifts.  In 2002, he transferred from the Patrol Division to the Criminal Investigations Division and was appointed as the Department’s Youth Investigator.  He was responsible for health awareness programs in area schools and acted as a police liaison with parents and school officials.  In addition, he conducted juvenile investigations, conducted applicant background investigations, and worked with fellow investigators on intricate adult felony investigations.   In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Sergeant and returned to patrol on both the overnight and day shifts where he supervised assigned officers, managed the community policing program and the underage buyer program.   In 2007, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  As the Road Patrol Commander, he was responsible for six patrol supervisors and their assigned officers.  He also managed the Field Training Program, Patrol Fleet, and the Crisis Negotiation Team.  In 2009, he was promoted to the rank of Captain. He served as the second in command from 2009 - 2015 as the administrator responsible for overall police operations, the supervision of division commanders, human resource management, training, policy development, and grants.   In 2015, he accepted an offer to become the Chief of Police and Public Safety for the Town of DeWitt Police Department.

Chief Hildmann holds a Professional Certification in Human Resource Management from Lemoyne College, a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego, and an Associate in Science Degree from Onondaga Community College.  He also has completed management and leadership training with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Northwestern University. 

Chief Hildmann is a member of numerous professional organizations to include the Onondaga County Chapter of Chiefs of Police where he served on the Board, the Society of Human Resource Managers, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

A lifelong resident of Onondaga County, he is married and has three children.

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