Jim Robinson, CFE, First Vice-Chair
Jim Robinson, who represents Harris County on the METRO Board of Directors, is senior director of special projects in Harris County's Budget Management Department. He previously served 23 years as chief appraiser of the Harris County Appraisal District, and has also been executive director of the Texas State Property Tax Board, and a member of the director's staff in the Texas Department of Public Safety.
While with the Texas DPS, he also served as an adjunct faculty member in criminal justice at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University).
Robinson began his career as a broadcaster in Houston and Austin, and while still a college student was one of the original owners of what is now Majic 102 FM. He also worked as a correspondent for the Houston Chronicle.
He holds BS and MA degrees from Sam Houston State University, and has done work toward a doctorate in traffic safety education at Texas A&M University. He also graduated from the National Security Management Program of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (National Defense University).
Robinson served 27 years as a citizen-soldier, and retired as commanding general of the Texas State Guard. He holds numerous military awards and decorations including the Lone Star Distinguished Service Medal and the Texas Medal of Merit.
While living in the Austin area, he was elected to the Round Rock Independent School District Board of Trustees and served as board president. His civic and professional activities include assisting the Houston SPCA with equine rescues, membership in the National Guard Association of Texas, service as a reserve captain for Harris County Constable Pct. 1, and prior service as chief of reserve deputies for Harris County Constable Pct. 3. He has been president of the Texas Association of Appraisal Districts, metropolitan jurisdiction chair for the International Association of Assessing Officers, and vice chair of the police public information section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He represents METRO on the board of directors of the Gulf Coast Rail District, is vice president of the board of directors of Harris County Municipal Utility District 457, and represents Harris County as a member of the board of directors of the Harris County Appraisal District.
For his pioneering support of the nation's emergency managers’ weather information network, the National Weather Association presented him its Walter J. Bennett public service award.
In 2010, while serving as chief appraiser of the Harris County Appraisal District, the Houston Press recognized him as Houston’s Best Bureaucrat, citing him for his “remarkable job making the agency as transparent and user-friendly as can be,” and for “always making himself available to the media to explain what’s happened when something goes wrong, and looking further if need be.”
He is a Registered Professional Appraiser in the state of Texas, a Master Peace Officer, and a Certified Fraud Examiner.