Jim McElroy, a lifelong native of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Blakely with his wife Heather McElroy, and his two adult daughters, Emily and Mackenzie. Jim has thirty years and counting career in the Corrections field. He was employed at SCI Waymart as a Corrections Officer and later became a Counselor. Jim also serves as an adjunct instructor at Keystone College in the Criminal Justice department. After retirement from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Jim went on to serve in various roles in the non-profit setting helping incarcerated individuals return to society. Jim’s current position places him in Lackawanna County’s Veterans Treatment Court.
Jim entered the U.S. Army in 1984 where he was trained as a medic and saw service in the Fulda Gap with the 11th Armored Cavalry. His next duty station placed him at Ft. Bliss, Texas with the 3rd Armored Cavalry regiment. After leaving active duty, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve’s 300th Field Hospital and was deployed to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm. Jim eventually found himself enlisting in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, and retrained as a Cavalry Scout, with service in Bosnia. Jim is a graduate of Keystone College where he earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a M.A. in Criminology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.