Jim Hosfelt, born and raised in Cumberland, Maryland, was assigned to Dover in 1980 while serving in the United States Air Force. His active duty assignments as a Security Policeman included Dover Air Force Base, Delaware; Kunsan Air Base, Korea; and Ellsworth AFB, S. Dakota, between 1980 and 1987. Jim also served with the Air Force Reserve as a member of the 512th Security Police Squadron at Dover AFB prior to being hired by the City of Dover in 1988 as a police officer.
As a policeman, Jim was assigned to the Patrol; Criminal Investigations; Special Enforcement and Drugs, Vice and Organized Crime Units. Additionally, he served as the Criminal Investigations Unit Commander; Operations Division Commander; and Deputy Chief of Police before being promoted to Chief of Police in 2010. Jim retired in 2014 after 26 years of service with the police department and continued to serve the City of Dover after winning a 2015 city election as one of two councilmen for the City’s 1st District. He is employed by Dover International Speedway as Director of Public Safety and Track Operations.
A graduate of Delaware Technical and Community College and the FBI National Academy, he is also a member of the National Rifle Association, the Delaware State Sportsman Association, the Delaware Police Chiefs Foundation, the Fraternal Order of Police, and Masonic Lodge, Union Lodge #7.
Jim Hosfelt and his wife Sherry have been married for 35 years and reside in Fox Hall West. They have lived in the 2nd Levy Court District for 29 years where they have raised two children. Their daughter Jenna is a nurse and their son Jacob is serving in the United States Air Force.