James Darrell Phelps


Age: 45

Lives: Gettysburg Borough

From: I was born in Gettysburg, but lived in Maryland the majority of my life.

Educated at: University of Maryland, Baltimore County — Criminal Justice

Family: Wife — Siri, Son- Harrison, Daughter -Sullivan

Job: I am a former police officer and currently a private investigator. I am also the owner of Truth Investigation Group LLC (opening early 2020).

Job’s reward: Being able to help clients and their families as needed

Job’s frustrations: Inconsistent case flow at times

Very first job was: Busboy (I only lasted a weekend)

Community Involvement: Lincoln Elementary School parent volunteer, Gettysburg Area Recreation Authority (GARA) board member, Cub Scout Pack 79 Webelos den leader, and Cal Ripken Baseball assistant coach.

Favorite food: Carrot Cake

Pets: Two cats, Statler and Waldorf

Hero: My father — I hope to be half the man and father that he has been and is today.

Hobbies: Fishing, watching my daughter in theatre, dance, and piano, watching my son play soccer, basketball, and baseball. I also enjoy following the Ravens, Orioles (at times), Maryland Terps, and the Celtics.

Pet peeves: People who complain, but do not offer any solutions

Collects: Old bicycles and vinyl records

Best friend: My wife, Siri

Would liked to have witnessed what event in history: Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.”

Event that changed your life: Definitely the birth of our children

Your scariest moment: Also, the birth of our children

Your first memory: Riding an old school big wheel

Trait inherited from parents: Putting family first and never giving up

Piece of advice that you live by: You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.

Who needs a hug? My kids, if they want one or not

Favorite reading/author: Kurt Vonnegut, Chuck Klosterman, and Hunter S. Thompson. I also enjoy true crime books as well.

Favorite spot on earth: Eagles Mere, Pa. and Disney World

Website you visit most: Ugh. Unfortunately, Facebook.

Would like concert tickets to see: Leon Bridges

One bad habit: Repeating stories...my wife and friends can attest to this..

3 items on your bucket list: Visit Ireland, drive across the US with my family (Clark Griswold style), and be an audience member at Saturday Night Live.

Five minutes with: My friend Tim Piper (who passed away in 2014).

What skill or lesson would you like to learn? I would like to learn more home improvement skills.

What would people find surprising about you? I am a former multi-time Maryland state champion BMX rider. I also enjoy listening to classical music.

What would make this world a better place? If everyone was actually being treated equally, no matter their race, gender, ethnicity, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and/or age.

What is the best piece of news you received lately that you would like to share? I am opening my own private investigation firm (Truth Investigation Group) early in 2020.

How would you like to be remembered? As a guy who loved his family, friends, and community and always tried his best.

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