Jim Skinner – a 24-year law enforcement veteran, trial attorney and prosecutor – was sworn-in as the 39th Sheriff of Collin County by Sheriff (Ret.) Terry Box.
Background: He started his law enforcement career when he was commissioned as a police officer for the City of Harker Heights, Texas. One week later, he found himself standing post as an Honor Guard over the casket of a friend and fellow officer, who was murdered while on-duty by a fugitive child rapist. It was then he swore to pursue a life of service in the law, protecting the innocent and pursuing the predators who would prey upon and harm them.
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 in both a military and civilian capacity.
As Chief Investigator, Jim received extensive training and experience in narcotics enforcement, complex white-collar crime, public corruption, violent crime and homicide investigations. More about him here: http://skinnerforsheriff.com/about-jim/jims-bio/
Outgoing Terry Box is one of the longest serving sheriffs in Texas, holding the office of Collin County Sheriff for over 31 years in a law enforcement career spanning 48 years.
See complete list of past Sheriffs of Collin County: http://www.collincountytx.gov/sheriff/Pages/ccsheriffs.aspx
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