Former Stinnett police chief Jason Collier arrested

STINNETT, Texas — Jason Collier, the embattled former police chief here, was arrested Thursday on a charge of tampering with a government document, according to the Borger News-Herald.

Texas Rangers arrested Collier after claims he falsified annulment papers. According to a woman claiming to be his girlfriend, Collier, 41, allegedly provided these false government documents to prove he was no longer married.

Court records show he’s married.

Collier was booked into the Hutchinson County Jail on Thursday evening and his bond was set at $10,000, according to Jail Capt. Monica Sepulveda.

The Texas Rangers have not commented on Collier’s arrest.

Collier was hired in February as Chief of Police in Stinnett, about an hour northeast of Amarillo. He previously worked for the nearby Borger Police Department.

The City of Stinnett accepted his resignation Thursday, according to a statement released on the city’s Facebook page shortly after he was arrested. On Wednesday, the city said Collier was on administrative leave after receiving reports of “possible violations of city employment policy.”

Rick Treon is an award-winning novelist and former editor of the Amarillo Globe-News.

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