A Texas police chief allegedly resigned after being arrested and then on administrative leave amid social media allegations about duplicate personal lives.
City Manager, Durk Downs, posted on the city’s Facebook page, effectively resigned his position with Chief of Police Jason Collier on Thursday night. “The city has accepted his resignation. As per city policy we will not comment on his personal matters.”
SGT on Tuesday Cindy Barclay with the Texas Department of Public Safety addressed the matter in a statement to local media.
“Collier allegedly sent a text message to the victim with a fraud along with a government record. The document was a declaration of a fraudulent marriage,” Berkeley said according to KAMR-TV of Amarillo, Texas.
After Collier’s arrest on Thursday, he was charged with intent to tamper with a government document, a state prison felony, Barclay told the station. He was being held on a $ 10,000 bond.
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The Sergeant’s statement aligns with a recently posted Facebook account by a woman who claimed she was the former police chief’s girlfriend.
In the now-viral post, Amarillo resident Cecily Steinmet alleged that Collier was living a “double / triple life” with a wife and several fiancees – tagging the City of Stint Facebook page.
He said, “I was his girlfriend until yesterday. He lied to me and presented me with a fake declaration, when I found out that he was married. I also came to know about a second girlfriend, Christie, last night.” Wrote “He has lied to us, our children, and asked both of us to marry him. He is a poor representative of your city.”
Steinmetz’s post contained a photo he claimed was a fake marriage document.
On Thursday, KAMR reported that 108th District Court Judge Doug Woodburn confirmed the declaration was fake.
Steinmet told the station that she posted her account on Facebook, “that doesn’t happen to any other woman in the future.”
“I would just hope that he has learned his lesson, not to cheat people like that,” he told KAMR.
Steinmetz’s posts have received thousands of likes, comments and shares.
In addition, a Facebook group called “Jason Collier’s Victims” was created and gathered more than 4,000 followers.
The 42-second video posted to the group appears to show Collier apologizing, though it is unclear who and to whom he was apologizing.
The 41-year-old collier was appointed as the chief of the police service in February 2020, according to KFDA-TV of Amarillo with the Boril Police Department.
The outlet also reported that Collier received the State of Texas Medal of Valor after 21 years of law enforcement experience and was married with four children, as well as an ordained minister.
Neither the Stinnett Police Department nor the City of Steinnet accepted the claims against Collier, citing confidentiality about personnel matters.
On Wednesday, Downs said that city officials were “aware of the current situation surrounding Police Chief Jason Collier.”
“The city is taking it seriously and will see any violation of city policy,” he wrote. “Chief Jason Collier is placed on administrative leave while the city investigates potential violations of the city’s employment policy.”
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While city officials did not specify what “violations” they were seeing regarding Collier, Stinnett Mayor Colin Locke confirmed that according to MyHighPlains.com there was a “possible violation of city policy”.
ABC7 Amarillo reported on Wednesday that the Facebook page of the Stinnett Police Department was either deactivated or deleted.
Fox News has reached out to the Stinnett Police Department, Collier and Downs for comment, but received no response.