Lieutenant James Mundel joined the St. Louis County Police Department in September 1989 and served as a Security Officer in the Bureau of Security Services until attending the St. Louis County and Municipal Police Academy in January 1990. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the North County Precinct. While in the Precinct he served as a Field Training Officer, the Advisor to the precinct Law Enforcement Explorer Program, and as an accident reconstruction investigator for the Department. In December 1997, he was assigned to the Division of Patrol as the aide to the Bureau of Special Operations. He returned to the North County Precinct in April 1998 and resumed his previous duties. He was promoted to sergeant in October 1999. He remained in the North County Precinct as a watch supervisor and acting watch commander. He worked briefly as a watch supervisor in the West County Precinct. In March 2002, he was assigned to establish the Department's Highway Safety Team in the Bureau of Special Operations. The Team was made possible from a grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety. In June 2008, he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as a watch commander in the North County Precinct. He was transferred to his current assignment as watch commander in the West County Precinct in May of 2010.
Lieutenant Mundel supervises the Department's Crash Reconstruction Team which consists of ten police officers assigned to the Division of Patrol and Division of Criminal Investigation. He ensures that they maintain their training, coordinates response and use of the resource equipment utilized by the officers in their investigations. Additionally, Lieutenant Mundel serves as Commander of the Criminal Traffic Investigation Unit (CTIU) of St. Louis County. CTIU is a cooperative effort of traffic crash investigators from the various police agencies in St. Louis County. It provides a pool of investigators and resources for the purpose of investigating fatal or serious traffic crashes to agencies throughout St. Louis County to identify causation and assist in necessary criminal prosecutions.
From 1999 to 2001, Lieutenant Mundel served as the Advisor to the St. Louis Area Law Enforcement Explorer Association and was the Director of the Law Enforcement Explorer Academy in 1999 and 2001. Currently, Lieutenant Mundel serves as the Department's Explorer Program Coordinator and oversees the administration of the four Law Enforcement Explorer posts sponsored by the St. Louis County Police Department.
Lieutenant Mundel resides in St. Louis County. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis in Administration of Justice and a Master of Science degree from Mountain State University in Strategic Leadership.