James “Jim” McCracken was born and raised in San Francisco. At the age of twelve, he moved to San Jose, where he attended parochial elementary school. He then entered the seminary and studied to be a Catholic priest for three and a half years during his high school years. In 1964 he joined the US Army and served four years in the Army Security Agency. During this time, he was stationed overseas in Korea, before being honorably discharged at Ft. Wolters, TX. Upon discharge, he returned home to California and continued his education and graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology and a minor in Child Psychology in 1973. While at school, he met his wife Sue, and they were married in 1969. In 1969, he began working as a Juvenile Probation Officer in Santa Clara County, but changed careers in 1975, and retired in 2003 from over 30 years of service in the Transportation Industry. With his extensive experience in Transportation management, he worked in all facets of the industry, including manager, line-haul manager, customer services, and sales. His last five years were spent in the Import/Export field of Convention Exhibit Materials throughout the world, for companies like Apple, HP, IBM, and other Silicon Valley fortune 500 Companies.
Jim has been active in the Rio Vista Community since moving and retiring there in June of 2003. His first experience was volunteering with the Rio Vista Police Department in 2004. In 2005, he became the City’s Community Services Officer. It was at this time that he started the VIPs (Volunteers in Police Services) program. He served from 2005-2010 with the RVPD, where he accrued many hours of service for the City. He was instrumental in providing numerous programs such as National Night Out, YANA (You Are Not Alone for seniors), Kids Safety Faire, Finger Print Day, and Every Fifteen Minutes. In 2011, he was appointed to the Rio Vista Public Safety Commission and became chairman shortly afterwards. Also, in 2011, he was also chosen by the Solano County Superior Court to serve on the Grand Jury, representing Rio Vista. In 2012, he was elected to a seat on the Rio Vista City Council where he served till end of 2016. He was a member of Rio Vista Rotary, and is, a member Delta Council #13445 of the Knights of Columbus. He currently is Adjutant for Post 178 of the American Legion. While with the City from 2012-2016, he served on the TRAFC Board (Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee) and was also seated on the Rio Vista Alliance, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management Board as an alternate, and a member of the Solano EDC (Economic Development) Board. He ended his public service as Vice-Mayor of Rio Vista in 2016. He was appointed to the Rio Vista City Council for a second term in November 2018 where he currently serves.