Skylor Hearn is a government affairs advisor in the firm’s Austin office. He is a member of the public policy and law practice group. His experience includes extensive work with the Office of the Governor, the Texas Legislature, and state agencies on appropriations and regulatory programs as well as government contracting, criminal justice, and public safety. From his years of government service and participation in national organizations and committees, Skylor has established relationships at all levels of government with elected leaders and agency executives both in Texas and nationally.
Prior to joining the firm, Skylor served more than 27 years in law enforcement before retiring in 2020 as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). As deputy director of an organization of more than 10,000 employees spread across more than 250 statewide offices, Skylor directed the law enforcement support, administration, finance, technology, and regulatory areas of the agency.
These areas included highly specialized programs including cyber security and information technology; state medical cannabis operations; budget and appropriations; government contracting and procurement; criminal justice and biometric data systems; forensic laboratories, as well as licensing and identity credentialing. Skylor also provided expert testimony and presentations to state and federal legislative bodies on a variety of related topics.
As a collateral role, Skylor served more than five years as the state's coordinator of the DoD-DLA Federal Military Excess Property Program or "1033" Program. He helped create the program's state advisory council to better represent the interests of the 54 states and territories who participated in the program and to provide DLA guidance on program policies and administration. Skylor served as the first chair of the council.
As a law enforcement officer for the agency, Skylor spent much of his career as a criminal investigator in the agency's narcotics service and the Texas Ranger Division conducting and supervising complex and high profile criminal investigations at the state and federal level, including capital crimes and public corruption as well as sensitive administrative misconduct cases. Skylor also spent several years with oversight responsibilities for the state’s Texas-Mexico border security efforts.
Additionally, Skylor served as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice with Austin Community College.
- Member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
- Served on IACP Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee
- Served on IACP Forensic Science Committee