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Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore

Jim Gilmore is a native of Fond du Lac and has been a Sophia board member for six years.  He earned a Degree in Psychology from UW-O and also took courses at UW-FdL and Marian University.  He spent his working years in public service in law enforcement and military.  His full time employment was with the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department where he spent 28 years.  After working through the ranks, he was elected Sheriff in 1986 and served 6 terms becoming the longest serving Sheriff in the county.  He served on numerous professional boards including a 10 year appointment, by then Governor Tommy Thompson, to the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  In 1993 he was chosen the states Outstanding Law Enforcement Officer by the Wisconsin American Legion.  Gilmore was also selected to attend the FBI National Academy at Quantico, VA in 1993 being the only Sheriff from Fond du Lac County to ever attend this institution.

In his spare time, he also served over 20 years in the Army Reserve and National Guard and retired as a Master Sergeant.  In addition to a number of commendations, he was recognized with two prestigious awards for citizen/soldier community involvement, the Chaplin Alan Spears Award and the General Richard Bong Award.

Gilmore served on a number of local non-profit boards during his working life and still belongs to several service and fraternal organizations.  He still participates in service projects when he is in Fond du Lac and time permits.  Jim became interested in philanthropy when he met Ginny and formed the Gilmore Family Fund with the FdL Area Foundation with which he and Ginny fund grants and scholarships. He also established the Jim Gilmore Law Enforcement Scholarship Fund to assist young people with their education in pursuit of a law enforcement career.  However, Jim’s primary focus is working with Ginny on the Sophia Foundation.  Jim is proud that he is the third generation of his family to hold public office and serve Fond du Lac.  He is pleased that he is now able to continue to serve his home town by helping the Sophia Foundation with its goal of creating a caring community.