Retired in 1996 as President of Nations Bank/Bank of America and its predecessor banks.
Jim Swafford is a graduate of Arlington High, the University of Texas at Arlington and the Southwestern Graduate School of Banking at Southern Methodist University.
Selected to represent City Council District 2 in 1998 and re-elected in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013. Named Mayor Pro Tem in 2000, 2004, 2011 and 2015. Also, previously served as a Council Member and Mayor Pro Tem from 1977-1979.
Currently serves as Finance Chairman of the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation as well as Chairman of the Council’s Finance and Government Committee. Previously served on the city’s Housing Finance Corporation. Member of TIF Districts 1 (Chairman), 2 and 3.
Board of Directors Methodist Health System in Dallas since 1985; a member of Methodist Mansfield Hospital Advisory Board; Grand Prairie Independent School District Board of Education member 1984-1993 and served as its President 1985-1986; an Honorary Life Member of South Grand Prairie Quarterback Club and the “Voice of the Warriors” for 34 years. Presently Corporate Secretary/Asset Manager (formerly President) of the Grand Prairie Quality of Life Foundation, Inc.; Chamber of Commerce Zeus Award 1998; Vice-President and Life Member of Chamber of Commerce (Member of the Year 1970 and 1976; Citizen of the Year 1996); Former Vice-President of Grand Prairie Crime Commission; Past-President Lions Club; Rotary Club Director; Past Master of Arlington Masonic Lodge; DeMolay Legion of Honor; Former Board Member and Treasurer of YMCA.
Married to wife, Judy, for 51 years. Two children, Robert and Renea, two grandchildren, Jane Anne and Johnson, and one great grandson, Graham Nolen.