Jim Malless was born in Indianapolis and attended Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis. He earned his Master’s in Public Affairs. Jim worked for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana before moving to Lakeland to work for Polk County. His work experience has given him an extensive background in public finance, budgeting and planning and zoning.
He owns Wiley & Malless, LLC a real estate firm and Wireless Planning Services, LLC. WPS is a consulting firm that specializes in zoning and permitting of cellular towers
Jim serves as chair for the Mayor's taskforce on Ordinances, Rules and Regulations and the Community Development Committee. He serves on the Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Board, TDC Arts & Culture Committee, Transportation Planning Organization, Finance Committee and Utility Committee. His commitment to the quality of life in Lakeland extends to his private endeavors. He served on a variety of organizations: Kiwanis Club of Lakeland since 1999, Club President, board member of the Lakeland Downtown Development Authority, board member of the Downtown Community Redevelopment Advisory Board, member of the Board of Governors the Polk Museum of Art, and Leadership Lakeland XXIV.