Bachelor of Laws, LaSalle University, 1969.
Watch commander (lieutenant) Police Department, Springfield, 1961—1983. Owner, chief executive LubeMaster 10 minister Oil Change, since 1978, J.& L. Palmer, Inc., Springfield, since 1983. With United States Navy, 1954-1958.
Fellow: American Association Criminology. Member: Illinois Police Association, Policeman's Benevolent and Protective Association Illinois (life), Gemological Institute American Alumni Association, Knights of Columbus Club, Shuto Kan Karate Club, Abe Lincoln Gun Club.
Married Linda Lee Ball, May 16, 1964. Children: Tonya Lee, Shawn Annual.