James Overton held several positions in public safety and education. He was Co-Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA (July 2013-August 2018), Chief of Police (Director of Public Safety), University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA, (State Accredited) (February 2011-July 2013.); Chief of Police (Associate Vice President for Public Safety), Delaware State University, Department of Public Safety, Dover, DE (January 2005-February 2011) ; Deputy Police Chief, (Major) Delaware State University Police, Dover, DE (May 2000 – January 2005), Police Officer, Hampton Police Division, Hampton, VA (Nationally Accredited) (April 1984-May 2000) ; Delaware Air National Guard (retired), Human Resource Advisor (E-8), 166th Airlift Wing, New Castle, DE (May 1990-November 2014), and Adjunct Instructor, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston, MA.
James instructs classes for the Criminal Justice and Sociology departments to include introduction to criminal justice and social deviance. (January 2012-present).