Colonel James Reyes began his career at the Broward Sheriff’s Office in 2000. As a deputy sheriff, he worked at the Main Jail and at the North Broward Bureau where he was a member of the Crisis Intervention Team in the Mental Health Unit. Colonel Reyes also served as a field training deputy and a mental health program deputy. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant in 2006 and was assigned to the Mental Health Unit at the North Broward Bureau. During his assignment as a sergeant, the Mental Health Unit received the Unit of the Year Award.
In 2011, he was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned as the alpha shift commander at the Main Jail. In 2013, he was promoted to the rank of captain serving as the facility commander of the Joseph V. Conte Facility and, later, as the commander overseeing the Central Intake Bureau. Colonel Reyes was promoted to the rank of major in 2014 and assigned as the assistant director overseeing the department’s south operations. In 2015, he was assigned as the administrative major overseeing the department’s Investigations and Projects Unit, Classification Unit, Facilities Management Unit and the Biometric Identification Unit. Prior to his promotion to colonel overseeing the Department of Administration, he served as lieutenant colonel assigned as the director of the Department of Detention.
Colonel Reyes earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from Barry University and a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati. In 2012, he graduated from Nova Southeastern University’s Executive Leadership Program. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute’s 67th Command Officer’s Course. In addition, Colonel Reyes is a member of Alpha Chi, Pi Gamma Mu and Alpha Phi Sigma honor societies in the social sciences.