Chief of Police
James L Hunter
James Hunter, a veteran of law enforcement since January 1971, was sworn in as Chief of Police for the City of Klamath Falls in February 2003. In his capacity as Chief, he is responsible for the overall operations of the Klamath Falls Police Department; including the formulation and oversight of the department budget, development and dissemination of department policies and procedures and maintaining positive working relationships with city officials and the citizens that the department serves.
Prior to being appointed Chief, he had served with the Klamath Falls Police Department since 1988 beginning as a patrol officer and working his way through the ranks of Sergeant and Captain. Chief Hunter has also worked as a police officer for the City of El Cajon, California, and was deputy sheriff for Douglas County and Klamath County, Oregon. During his career, Chief Hunter has served as a patrol officer, field training officer, criminal detective, narcotics detective, K-9 officer, SWAT Team Commander, patrol sergeant and police captain.
Chief Hunter is married to his wife of 23 years, Victoria, and they have five children and seven grandchildren. Prior to civilian police service, Chief Hunter served as a military police officer with the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971 and is a Viet Nam veteran.