Jim Sylvester was appointed as DFPS Associate Commissioner for the Investigations Division in 2017. The Investigations Division oversees Child Protective Investigations, Child Care Licensing Investigations, Special Investigations, and assists with the Governor’s Human Sex Trafficking Prevention Program. Before this appointment, Jim served as Director of Special Investigations with DFPS.

Prior to coming to DFPS, Jim spent 32 years in law enforcement, including his role as Chief Deputy for the Travis County Sherriff’s Office for 11 years. 

Jim received his undergraduate education from Texas State University and is also a distinguished graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Governor’s Executive Development Program, and a graduate of the FBI - Law Enforcement Executive Development Association.