June is National Law Enforcement Month – join GCRW as we hear from Sheriff Jim Skinner.
Sheriff Jim Skinner is responsible for the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, comprised of 557 personnel, and a Detention Center which houses over 1,100 people. The office of the Sheriff provides law enforcement services across Collin County.
Jim is a 27-year law-enforcement veteran and former prosecutor. He is an armed forces veteran who proudly served over seven years as a U.S. Air Force Security Police Dog Handler, Investigator, and EST (SWAT) team operator in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and New Mexico.
Jim is a former member of the Board of Directors for the North Texas Crime Commission and serves on the Commission’s Legislative Committee. He is a member of the National Sheriffs’ Association, and is also a former board member for the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas.
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, Jim prosecuted a District Attorney from the DFW metroplex for public corruption crimes that resulted in a fifteen-year prison sentence.
Jim 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, and numerous other programs related to the discovery and investigation of complex financial crime. 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.
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 across the United States and Canada by illegal telemarketing scams.
Jim and his wife Ellen, also an attorney and a past President of the Golden Corridor Republican Women, reside in Farmersville.
Doors open at 6:00pm, presentation is at 6:30pm
Cottonwood Creek Church in Allen
1015 Sam Rayburn Tollway