Jim first served as Mayor of the City of Glen Eira from 2014 to 2015 and has again served as Mayor since 2021. He served as Deputy Mayor from 2015 to 2016, and again from 2020 to 2021. As Mayor, Jim has been a passionate advocate for Glen Eira and the local government sector.
With cost shifting from other levels of government costing Glen Eira $19 million a year, Jim has worked tirelessly to highlight the impact this has on local services and facilities. He been a leading voice calls for local government sector reform.
Jim’s leadership has led to the establishment of a Victorian parliamentary committee inquiry into local government funding and services, due to take place in 2023—2024. The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office also announced it would investigate the long-term sustainability of local government in 2023—2024.
Jim was appointed as a member for the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel in 2023, tasked with advising the Minister for Local Government on the major challenges facing the sector.
Locally, Jim is passionate about securing funding for community infrastructure projects, delivering more open space, acting on the climate emergency, supporting the transition to the circular economy, delivering more social and affordable housing, and encouraging integrated transport.
Jim’s family emigrated from Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1970 and he has lived in Bentleigh East since 1988. He is married with two sons.