After graduating high school, Jim Guffey enlisted in the United States Army. Passing a certain test—he still doesn't know what test—he was recruited by and served in an intelligence capacity. He spent his service time doing two tours of duty in Vietnam, the second as an advisor in the Mekong Delta. He also did one tour along the demilitarized zone of Korea.
After graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Guffey began his Law Enforcement career in 1977 with the Pennsylvania Capitol Police. In 1980 was hired by the Ross Township Police Department. He remained there until January 1, 2002. During that time he worked as a plain-clothes detective, on the traffic division, and was promoted on 1996 to Lieutenant. He remained the Administrative Lieutenant until his retirement. Not satisfied with retirement, he became the Chief of Police in Blairsville Borough in August 2003 and remained there until July 2004.
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