James (Jimmy) Thomas McDonald is currently the Acting Director for the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency (CQA). He is responsible for leading and guiding the men and women of CQA with their mission and responsibilities in safeguarding the people and territory of Guam from threats entering our island, facilitating commerce, promoting economic activity, and providing overall public service to all users of customs.
Before assuming his current position, Mr. McDonald was the former Deputy Director for the Bureau of Statistics and Plans bringing about 34 years of public service to the Government of Guam. He currently vice chairs the Guam Crime Stoppers Program and has previously served as an Assistant Chief for Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency.
Mr. McDonald has an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration from the Guam Community College. He began his career in public service in the late 70’s working for Senator Edward Ramirez Duenas and the late Senator Edward McDonald Calvo for two years. He was a staff assistant handling concerns about the youth and senior citizens, and at the same time he attended the University of Guam studying Criminal Justice and Public Administration. He later became a police officer completing the Guam Police Academy’s 21st Police Cycle. Mr. McDonald later transferred to the Guam Customs and Quarantine Agency where he worked for 21 years and worked his way up the ranks to his final uniform position as Assistant Chief of Customs. During his time as a uniformed officer at CQA, Jimmy spearheaded the separation of Customs and Quarantine from Department of Commerce with the assistance of the late Senator Ben Pangelinan and Speaker Joe T. San Agustin. In 2001, Mr. McDonald was appointed by then Governor Carl T.C. Gutierrez to serve as Director of Guam Customs and Quarantine and later retired in September 2003.
Mr. McDonald has an extensive knowledge in homeland security. In January 2013, he attended the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security in Hilo Hawaii as well as the United States Department of Defense (DOD) exercises in the Pacific Area Command Headquarters (PACOM) in Honolulu Hawaii. In 2011, he was appointed by Governor Eddie Baza Calvo to serve as the Guam Homeland Security Advisor. He was also appointed to be the Mariana Regional Fusion Center (MRFC) Director. During his tenure at MRFC, he was instrumental in making sure that our All Hazard Warning System (siren) be a priority for all hazards and threats. In late January 2013, the MRFC received recognition from the US Department of Homeland Security as the 78th Fusion Center of the United States. Mr. McDonald also attended New Mexico Tech Executive Managers Training in Socorro New Mexico for Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing and Suicide Bombing.
In addition, Mr. McDonald served as a member of the Maritime Domain Awareness Taskforce, the Area Maritime Executive Committee, Joint Terrorism Task Force, Emergency Medical Services Commission, the Oceania Regional Response Team, Task Force and Mass Care and Emergency Assistance, and Peace Officers Security Training (POST) Commission. He also served as the Vice Chair for the Port Readiness Committee, a member for the Invasive Species council and an active member of Guam’s Catholic Parish.
Mr. McDonald is married to Mrs. Sallie Loraine Toves McDonald and they have two lovely children: Mia-Ashlee Elizabeth Toves McDonald who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio Texas and Michael James Charles Toves McDonald who is a Sophomore attending George Washington High School and is a member of the ROTC armed drill team. Mr. McDonald’s brother is the current mayor of the beautiful village of Agana Heights and is also the President of the Mayor’s Council of Guam.