Chief Jim Harris is a 35-year veteran of law enforcement in Texas. His career began with the Houston Police Department in 1978. He later served with the Bellaire Police Department before joining the Comptroller's Office in 2003.
Chief Harris began his tenure with the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in Houston. He served as CID's deputy chief before being appointed chief in January 2017. He has investigated many types of tax fraud cases involving motor fuels taxes, cigarette and tobacco taxes, motor vehicle tax and sales and use tax.
"It is an honor and privilege to serve as chief of the Comptroller's Criminal Investigation Division, the law enforcement unit having primary responsibility for investigating tax-related crimes committed against the State of Texas," says Harris. "The CID is a specialized unit with a diverse group of investigators who take their jobs seriously in making the playing field level for every person and business in the state.
"If your intent is to cheat Texas taxpayers," he adds, "then we hope to meet you soon."
Chief Harris holds a bachelor's degree in psychology and Christianity from Houston Baptist University and a master's in criminal justice management from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville. He is a Master Peace Officer and Instructor certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Va. and an Army veteran.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.