STINNETT, TX – The police chief for the Stinnett Police Department, who hosts 21 years of law enforcement experience, has reportedly been arrested not long after accusations of him engaging in extramarital affairs started going viral on Facebook.
How did this man have time for a wife and TWO girlfriends? https://t.co/F4hTAk5sQK
— Bonshaquita Harris (@cupcake83) January 28, 2021
Stinnett Chief of Police Jason Collier was initially reported as having been placed on administrative leave, per a press release from city manager Durk Downs.
Not long afterward, he was arrested and then resigned.
While a relatively small police department, this police station has been getting quite the internet traffic after a post accusing Chief Collier of living a “double/triple life” started going viral.
Chief Collier’s newfound troubles stemmed from a post on Facebook by Cecily Steinmetz from January 26th. This woman proclaimed that she and Chief Collier were romantically involved, but she had allegedly found out that the police chief was not only married but was also courting another woman.
The January 26th post reads as follows:
“Chief Jason Collier is living a double/triple life. I was his girlfriend until yesterday. He lied to me and presented me with fake annulment documents when I found out he was married.”
“I also found out about a 2nd girlfriend, Kristi, last night. He has lied to us, our children, and asked us both to marry him. He is a poor representative of your town.”
“He would also visit me in Amarillo when he was on shift. We just returned from vacation in Taos on Sunday – meanwhile, his other GF was told he was on work assignment in Portland, OR.”
As seen in the above shared post, Steinmetz shared photos of herself and someone who appears to be Chief Collier – accompanied by a screenshot post by the police chief from September of 2020 where he was celebrating the anniversary of him and his wife.
Now initially Steinmetz thought it was just her entangled in this alleged sordid affair, but after her post began to pick up momentum, she was reached out to by another woman named Kristi Shaffer who alleged to have also been entangled with Chief Collier around the same time that Steinmetz was involved with the police chief.
What makes this entanglement so controversial is that Chief Collier is reportedly not only married – but married with four children.
During the social media storm and incessant sharing of the viral post, other women have cropped up alleging that they too had been involved in some sort of romantic endeavor with Chief Collier.
Cecily Steinmetz Wiki – Cecily Steinmetz Bio
Cecily Steinmetz is a 39-year-old Amarillo woman who became a trend on Facebook after dating as the mistress of Jason Collier, the 41-year-old chief of the Stinnett Police Department in Texas.https://t.co/FgdcLDR8JQ pic.twitter.com/rAyuVCj56R
— Wikitrusted (@Wikitrusted1) January 28, 2021
The police chief would allegedly romance these purported extramarital counterparts with adorations and promises of eventually getting married to them.
It would only take one day after Steinmetz’s post went viral that the city of Stinnett would take action and place Chief Collier on administrative leave pending an investigation.
According to the press release from city manager Durk Downs, the following was written:
“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.
Chief Jason Collier has been placed on administrative leave while the city investigates possible violations of city employment policy. As per city policy, we will refrain from commenting on any personal issues of personnel in a public form.”
— 𝑴𝒔. 𝑭𝒍𝒊𝒔𝒔 𝑷𝒂𝒓𝒌𝒆𝒓-𝑯𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒚 (@BlackCatPI) January 28, 2021
It’s unclear whether an allegation of adultery would fall under any violation of a code of conduct or ethics within Stinnett (or any police station, at that) – and while immoral, adultery isn’t illegal in the state of Texas.
There was allegedly a marriage annulment certificate that Steinmetz claimed was shared by Chief Collier with her when she initially found out about his wife, which Steinmetz further alleged was verified as being a false/doctored certificate.
The City of Stinnett has placed the Chief of Police on administrative leave pending an investigation.
— KCBD NewsChannel11 (@KCBD11) January 27, 2021
If said accusation turns out to be true regarding the phony document, then there most certainly would be something within the code of conduct/ethics within the police department that could have lead to termination of Chief Collier – and even possible legal ramifications down the road under Texas’ forgery laws as well.
And that seems to be the case with Collier’s recent arrest. On January 28th, Texas Rangers arrested Collier under charges of tampering with a government record with the intent to defraud or harm.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Cindy Barkley just so happened to point to the marriage annulment aspect of the recent scandal:
“The document was a fraudulent marriage annulment.”
Bail was set for Collier at $100,000.
Whatever the outcome of this debacle may result in, at the very least it should serve as a warning to would-be Casanovas donning the uniform while having the spouse and kids at home.
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In an update to a previous report we brought to you at Law Enforcement Today, three additional Seattle Police Department officers are under investigation for having self admittedly been present in Washington, DC on January 6th.
While these three officers haven’t been suspended like the two other Seattle Police officers, these three unnamed officers reportedly came forward after Office of Police Accountability Director Andrew Myerberg notified all SPD personnel to come forward if they merely attended the January 6th rally where a riotous group broke off from and stormed the Capitol Building.
Here’s our previous report detailing the two officers that were suspended for their alleged attendance in Washington, DC from January 6th.
SEATTLE, WA – According to Seattle Police Department officials, two officers within the SPD have been placed on leave after the two allegedly attended the D.C. protest/riot.
2 SPD officers in D.C. during riot at Capitol placed on leave
— krudler (@cromulentkrud) January 9, 2021
From what department officials say, investigators are trying to determine if:
A) If the officers were even at the D.C. during the incident
B) If they attended, did they participate in any of the illegal activities that occurred
C) If any of their alleged activities, legal or not, were in violation of SPD policies
Chief Adrian Diaz announced on January 8th that two of the department’s officers – who have not been identified by name – may have been present in D.C. on January 6th when the Capitol Building was breached.
It’s unclear as to what led SPD officials to suspect that two officers were present during the protest/riot in the nation’s capitol, as it wasn’t clarified whether said suspicion was ascertained through possible video, photographic, or mere testimonial evidence.
However, Seattle-based editor-at-large for Newsweek, Naveed Jamali, claimed that the two officers were a husband and wife and that one or both of them posted pictures to their personal social media accounts showcasing that they were present at the nation’s capitol.
The two officers are a husband and wife who posted social media pictures of themselves, along side a third former SPD officer in the nations capital on Jan 6. While there is no evidence they participated in any criminal activity, it is unclear they reported it to their CoC.
— Naveed Jamali (@NaveedAJamali) January 9, 2021
When speaking on the matter and internal investigation, Chief Diaz stated the following:
“The Department fully supports all lawful expressions of First Amendment freedom of speech, but the violent mob and events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol were unlawful and resulted in the death of another police officer.”
Andrew Myerberg, who serves as the director of the Office of Police Accountability, also commented on the matter, simply noting that there’s reason to believe two SPD officers were present in D.C. on January 6th and that the allegations are being looked into:
“At this point, we are aware of two current SPD officers who are believed to have attended the protests in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday.”
“We do not yet know the extent of their participation and will be determining this as we proceed through the case. We will also be investigating whether there were any other SPD employees who may have been involved.”
Myerberg continued from there, noting that at this time there’s general ambiguity as to whether merely being present at the protest alone, and not involved in any sort of criminal activity that transpired at the Capitol Building, could fall under violating SPD policy:
“The fundamental question will be, ‘Is being present at the rally in and of itself a violation of department policy?’ And I just don’t know that yet. I think it really depends on what they did and what their role was in those events.”
This is an ongoing investigation.
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