“I look forward to working with him,” Conney said shortly after Fulton took his oath of office Friday morning.
It’s been a lot of changes in a short amount of time for Fulton. A couple weeks ago, he earned a promotion to captain, having been a sergeant in the detective bureau since 1998. His newest position essentially puts him in second-of-command in the police department.
While Fulton said there certainly will be a learning curve for his new responsibilities, he said the overall goal is to “have things go smoothly” and continue to “be a top-notch agency.”
“I’m happy to be working closely with Mike,” he added.
Fulton started as an auxiliary officer in April 1988. He become a paid reserve in September 1990, having graduated from the Sandusky Police Academy in January 1989. The city hired Fulton as a full-time cop in 1992. He was in charge of the detective bureau for many years.
His wife of 29 years, Jennifer, said her husband’s commitment will serve him well in his new position.
“He just goes above and beyond all the time,” she said.
Norwalk Mayor Rob Duncan said he consistently hears positive feedback from the public about Fulton.
“Jim is just a hard worker. He’s proven himself,” Duncan said. “It’s a great day and he’ll do a great job.”
Fulton’s son, Justin, has been a full-time officer since July 2017. He also gave a vote of confidence to his detail-oriented father. Fulton’s daughter Jordan, 14, and his dad, James Sr., also were at city hall for the big day.
“He has worked hard his entire career. I think he’ll be absolutely up to the challenge,” Justin said.