Deputy Jim Lyman & Sheriff Margaret Mims

On Thursday, May 18th, the Exchange Club of Fresno presented its Top Cop award to Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy James (Jim) Lyman.  The recognition luncheon took place at Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno.

Deputy Sheriff James Lyman was recognized for his outstanding work, his commitment to the residents of Fresno County and the number of arrests he made in 2016.  He has been an extremely valuable and dedicated member of the Fresno County Sheriff - Coroner’s Office for more than 30 years.

As a deputy sheriff, Lyman worked patrol in various patrol areas throughout Fresno County.  On January 8, 2000, he was assigned to the Multi-Agency Gang Enforcement Consortium (MAGEC).  While in MAGEC, he worked many cases that resulted in life convictions of some of the most violent gang members in Fresno County.  During this time he worked hundreds of other gang cases, constantly striving to make Fresno County a safer place.  Jim was also a lead investigator on numerous gang related homicides during his time in MAGEC.  Due to his extensive knowledge of the criminal street gang network, Jim served five years as a board member on the California Gang Task Force (CGTF).

Deputy Lyman remains very proactive and productive while working patrol in Fresno County.  In 2015 and 2016, he made a combined total of 400 arrests.  Jim is continually identifying criminal offenders and has completed more than 560 field interviews during the last two years.  He remains aware of crime trends and dedicates his time and energy in addressing those crime trends as a deputy sheriff.  Deputy Lyman is an active patrol deputy who carries out his duties in a professional and courteous manner.  He is always willing to help out his fellow deputies either by assisting on calls or covering their shifts.  

The Exchange Club of Fresno is made up of local citizens.  The local chapter unselfishly serves its communities and improving the quality of life.  The organization surveys the needs of its community and determines what it can do to more effectively address those needs, either through the program of service or projects developed and implemented exclusively at the local level.  For more information,


Deputy Jim Lyman & Sheriff Margaret Mims


Contact Information

Tony Botti
Public Information Officer
(559) 600-8137