Collin County Sheriff
“It has been my lifelong ambition to become a Texas Sheriff and I feel compelled by a sense of duty to serve my fellow citizens. I have spent my entire professional career in the service of the law, striving to make a difference in the lives of those whom I served. As your Sheriff, you have my commitment that I will stand to achieve order and respect for our constitutional rights and to do what is necessary to protect these rights for everyone.”
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner is a 25-year law enforcement veteran, trial attorney and former prosecutor. In June 1998, in order to pursue his law degree, Jim resigned as Chief Investigator for New Mexico’s Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, after serving for 18 years as a police officer. As Chief Investigator, Jim received extensive training and experience in narcotics enforcement, complex white-collar crime, public corruption, violent crime and homicide investigations.
After receiving his Juris Doctorate from the University of Houston Law Center in 2001, Jim worked as a civil lawyer in Dallas, representing numerous child victims of sexual abuse from across the United States against a variety of institutions. In 2007, Jim became an Assistant District Attorney and Special Prosecutor for the Collin County Criminal District Attorney’s Office. In 2008, Sheriff Skinner prosecuted a District Attorney from the DFW Metroplex for public corruption crimes that resulted in a fifteen-year prison sentence. Afterward, he re-entered the private sector where he consulted for complex civil litigators and corporate entities on the discovery and investigation of financially motivated criminal activity. In 2011, Sheriff Skinner again returned to the public sector and served as Collin County’s Second Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Prosecution Division.
Jim Skinner graduated from the FBI’s Narcotics Related Financial Investigative Techniques Training Program and the DEA’s Basic Narcotics/Dangerous Drug Enforcement School and worked as the Eastern New Mexico Narcotics Task Force Coordinator, conducting undercover and counter-drug intelligence operations throughout New Mexico with local, state, and federal law enforcement partners. Jim is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Fraud and Financial Investigations Training Program, the Advanced White Collar Crime Training Program, the Telecommunications Fraud Training Program, MCTFT’s International Money Laundering Training, and numerous other programs related to the discovery and investigation of complex financial crime and organized criminal activity. Jim is also a former vice-president of the New Mexico Chapter of the High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA), a nationwide organization of high tech crime investigators. Certified as a Master Peace Officer in the State of Texas. Sheriff Skinner is a former member of the Board of Directors for the North Texas Crime Commission and serves on the Commissions Law Enforcement Training Committee and its Legislative Committee. Jim is active as an honorary member of the North Texas Police Chiefs Association and he is a member of both the National Sheriff’s Association and the Sheriff’s Association of Texas, where he serves on their Legislative Affairs Committee. Sheriff Skinner serves as a Vice-President in the Collin County Republican Men’s Club, as the Judge Advocate for the Bill Bryant Post 110 of the American Legion located in McKinney and as a Trustee for Collin County Meals on Wheels.
Jim Skinner was featured in August 1996 Reader’s Digest, article “To Catch Three Thieves.” This article explains Jim’s actions in bringing to justice three men who stole over $58 million from senior citizens throughout the United States and Canada by illegal telemarketing scams. Jim was also featured in the October 2008 edition of The Prosecutor Magazine, in an article titled “Violating the Public’s Trust.” This article detailed the 18- month grand jury investigation and two months of trial in the complex corruption prosecution of longtime North Texas Criminal District Attorney.
Sheriff Skinner is an armed forces veteran, having served almost eight (8) years as a US Air Force Security Police Dog Handler, Investigator and EST (SWAT) Team Leader/Operator. The Sheriff and his wife Ellen live in Melissa and worship at St. Jude’s Catholic Church in Allen. Their son Eganisa 2003 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, who now lives and works in Austin with his wife and daughter. Jim also volunteers time as the crew chief on a privately owned Vietnam era US Army UH-1H “Huey” helicopter that is used to fly missions in support of our Wounded Warriors and other veteran related activities across North Texas.