About Jim

Jim Adams was elected Mayor of Crystal in 2012, and is seeking re-election for a second term in 2016.


Crystal Mayor Jim Adams has been a resident for nineteen years, and raised three children in Crystal. His college-aged kids can still be found around the house during the summer months. Jim has been married to Liz for 28 wonderful years and counting.


Jim and Liz run RAE Enterprises LLC, a remodeling construction company. They also also run two housing companies. BSM Sober Houses has two locations, James House and Steven’s House, serving 17 men of various ages and stages of recovery. BSM Transitional Houses serves 13 more men who come mostly from Simpson House Homeless Shelter. These houses are designed to provide safe, affordable, and stable transitional housing for its occupants. Jim’s background is in Financial Accounting, Business Administration and Construction. His first career was in accounting.


Jim-Adams-FireFighter-245wJim Adams ended his West Metro Fire Rescue District Firefighting career September 17, 2015 after 16 years with the department, and having achieved the rank of Lieutenant. One of Jim’s specialties while with the fire department was Rope Rescue. He continues to use these skills while working with Rescue Resources Inc where he works as a Rescue Technician, and Rescue Technician Trainer.

Prior to being elected mayor, Adams served as President and Charitable Gambling CEO of West Metro Fire Relief Association. In that role he worked with two of Minnesota’s State Auditors to help reform Fire pension law. He served on the task force to re-codify Defined Contribution Pension Law. Other achievements were changing the pension to 10 year vesting, changing State laws to allow surviving spouses to roll over pensions to IRA’s, and changing State law to provide a vehicle for partners outside of marriage to have the ability to become a beneficiary.