Former Stinnett Police Chief Jason Collier arrested by Texas Rangers; Collier resigns

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STINNETT, Texas, (KAMR/KCIT) — Former Stinnett Police Chief Jason Collier was arrested Thursday after being placed on administrative leave Wednesday. The City of Stinnett Facebook page confirms that Collier has resigned.

Hutchinson County Sheriff Blaik Kemp said Collier was arrested by the Texas Rangers and taken to the Hutchinson County Jail. Hutchinson’s County Sheriff’s officials said Collier is charged with tampering with a government record with the intent to defraud or harm.

Collier was placed on administrative leave Wednesday while the City of Stinnett investigates possible violations of city employment policy.

Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley told MyHighPlains.com Thursday the Texas Rangers were called Wednesday night to investigate. Stinnett Police Chief placed on administrative leave

In a statement Wednesday, Stinnett City manager said, “The City of Stinnett is aware of the current situation surrounding the Chief of Police Jason Collier. The city is taking this seriously and will be looking into any violations of city policy. As per city policy, we will refrain from commenting on any personal issues of personnel in a public forum.

Stinnett Mayor Colin Locke said Wednesday night, “There’s possible violation of city policy,” though he did not want to further expand on the city’s statement.

Texas DPS Sgt. Cindy Barkley says the Texas Rangers are investigating. 

“Collier allegedly sent a text message to the victim with a fraudulent government record attached. The document was a fraudulent marriage annulment,” Barkley says.

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