GS Police Chief Collins resigns after indictment, arrest

After being indicted and arrested, Grand Saline Police Chief Justin Collins submitted his resignation in writing to the City of Grand Saline Oct. 4.

Collins, who had been on paid administrative leave by the city since July 10, was booked into the Van Zandt County Jail Oct. 3 and charged with theft by a public servant and abuse of official capacity after turning himself in to the VZC Jail on warrants returned by a VZC Grand Jury indictment.

The former Grand Saline police chief allegedly paid for meals for his spouse and the spouse of another police officer while attending training and then allegedly led the city of Grand Saline to believe the meals were for official business. The transactions allegedly occurred during the time period of Sept. 27-30, 2015.

Collins was indicted by the VZC Grand Jury for theft greater than $100 but less than $750. He was released Oct. 3 from the VZC Jail on a $1,000 bond.

Grand Saline City Administrator Tully Davidson and GS City Attorney Joel Elliott of the Elliott Law Firm in Canton confirmed to the News that Collins turned in his written resignation to the city Oct. 4.

“It is my understanding that when he turned in his written resignation, he also turned in his car, gun and badge to the city,” said Elliott. “He was not using the car while he was on paid administrative leave.”

Davidson said that the subject of Collins’ written resignation will be brought up as part of a closed executive session Oct. 10 to the Grand Saline City Council during their regular monthly meeting.

“Mr. Collins informed me verbally Tuesday (Oct. 3) of his intention to resign and he came in this morning (Oct. 4) to submit a written resignation,” said Davidson. “The city council will discuss how we need to move forward so far as selecting a new police chief during their closed session Oct. 10.”

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