Jim McMahon

Deputy Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police

Jim McMahon most recently served as the Deputy Executive Director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 21,000 members in over 89 different countries. Prior to his appointment at IACP, McMahon Served as the 11th Superintendent of the New York State Police and Director of the NY State Office of Homeland Security.

McMahon, a native of Rochester, was instrumental in implementing many initiatives in the state’s war on terrorism including the establishment of the Upstate New York Regional Intelligence Center, a multi-jurisdictional Intelligence and investigative center, which has been recognized nationally; and the creation of the State Preparedness Training Center. Additionally, New York State became a national model for its efforts to maximize the use of federal homeland security anti-terrorism and preparedness funds.

As superintendent of the New York State Police from 1994 until 2003, Jim McMahon commanded a full-service statewide law enforcement agency; the eighth largest in the country, in excess of 5,400 sworn members and civilian support staff. Director McMahon also served as chairman of the New York State Disaster Preparedness Commission, which is comprised of 23 state agencies and one volunteer organization. The commission is the governor’s policy management group for the state’s emergency management program and is responsible for the preparation of state disaster plans; directing state disaster operations and coordinating those with local government operations; and coordinating federal, state and private recovery efforts.

Superintendent McMahon worked tirelessly to maintain the Division of State Police’s reputation as one of the nation’s most dynamic and progressive full-service law enforcement agencies. Under his stewardship, the state police;

  • Opened its state-of-the-art Forensic Investigation Center in Albany.
  • Established the state’s DNA Data Bank for violent felons sentenced to prison in New York State.
  • Implemented a statewide program to combat school violence.
  • Developed and maintained a variety of innovative programs that have helped drive New York’s highway fatality to historic lows.
  • Implemented a highly successful program to equip all state police employees with personal computers and the latest in time and work-saving high-technology programs and services.
  • Established a new Office of Human Resources to provide improved services to both the public and state police employees.
  • Led major state police details in conjunction with a variety large-scale events, ranging from the TWA Flight 800 (1996) and World Trade Center (2001) disasters to the 1994 and 1999 Woodstock concerts.

A native of Rochester, NY, Supt. McMahon and his wife, Joan, reside in Victor, NY. They have three children.

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