Mr. James has 25 years in Law Enforcement along with over 20 years in the labor field. Steve was one of the longest serving union presidents, leading the Long Beach Police Officers Association for 17 years. During that tenure, Steve developed an expertise in the fields of public safety equipment, contract negotiations, medical insurance, retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, government affairs, political campaigns, police management, and labor relations.
During his tenure, Steve ran dozens of successful independent expenditure campaigns for local, county, and statewide candidates and issues. He also served an unprecedented 20 years on the City of Long Beach’s Health Insurance Advisory Committee where he honed his skills on insurance benefits, prescription drugs, vision, dental, bid processes, trends, educating end users, and the importance of positively affecting utilization to lower costs.
Steve has held numerous positions locally, statewide, and nationally including, president of the Southern California Alliance of Law Enforcement, the California Coalition of Law Enforcement, the Legal Defense Fund for the National Fraternal Order of Police, and the Long Beach Police Officers Association. Steve is currently on the board of directors for both the California and National Fraternal Order of Police.