Scorned girlfriend who exposed married Texas police chief of living a ‘triple life’ speaks out
Former Stinnett Police Chief Jason Collier was not only a married man with a girlfriend and fiancee, but was dating at least eight women at the same time, DailyMail.com can reveal.
Cecily Steinmetz, 39, a divorced mother of two young children was one of the eight women and when she discovered Collier’s triple life, she exposed the cheating police chief to the world on Facebook.
Her post went viral with more than a hundred thousand views, he was put on administrative leave by the Stinnett city manager, and then resigned days later after he was arrested for falsifying a government document.
And on Monday Collier’s wife Opal Collier filed for divorce in light of the public cheating scandal.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Steinmetz tells about their whirlwind two week romance and how she caught the cheat in several lies before exposing him to the world.
In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, Steinmetz tells about her whirlwind romance with Collier and how she caught the cheat in several lies
Stinnett Police Department chief Jason Collier, 39, resigned after the married father-of-four was discovered to be living a ‘triple life’. In a Facebook post, Cecily Steinmetz claimed they’d been in a relationship until she learned he was married and also engaged to another woman
Steinmetz shared text messages with DailyMail.com showing the depth of their whirlwind romance
Steinmetz tells DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview, ‘I met Jason on a dating app in mid- December, our profiles matched each other and one day I received a ”like” from him. I responded back and we chatted via the web a few times. He told me he worked in law enforcement but wasn’t really specific about it.’
But Steinmetz said she deleted her dating profile after deciding she really wasn’t ready to date and just wanted to get through the holidays before starting a relationship.
But the first week in January she got back into the dating game and created a new profile. Within a few days she said she got a message from Collier and within hours they had exchanged phone numbers and ‘were talking on the phone, texting and everything.’
Collier was arrested for faking a marriage annulment document after his girlfriend accused him of living a ‘triple life’ with her, his wife, and a fiancee
‘There was an immediate connection, it was just comfortable talking to him, and he’s charming and disarming at the same time as well as calming. He made a really big deal to tell me that he had been divorced since 2016 and spent the past four years working on himself, personal insight type of work and he was finally ready to get out and have a relationship,’ she said.
‘I felt really good on the phone, he seemed very polite, respectful, and I thought with his job that he would definitely be trustworthy. That put me at ease that he was a police officer and not just a police officer, but a chief of police, and I thought they definitely were held to a higher standard. So I thought I should be able to believe him – at the time I had no reason not to believe him.’
During that first conversation Collier asked her to download the Marco Polo App a video based instant messaging system.
She said it was because he had an Android and she had an iPhone and they couldn’t FaceTime unless they used this App.
Steinmetz said Collier told her during their first conversation he was the Chief of Police in Stinnett, Texas, a small city in the panhandle of northern Texas about 60 miles north of Amarillo. The rural town has a population of almost 1,900 people and a police force of four officers and three reserves.
He told her that if she came across an article where it mentioned he was married and had four kids, to ‘ignore it, that it was incorrect and he’s contacted the news organization who wrote the article to change it but haven’t as of yet.’
She said he told her check to out the Facebook page for the Stinnett Police Department and that’s where she’ll find the corrected version – showing that he wasn’t married.
Steinmetz said things were moving quickly in their relationship. He was suddenly bombarding her with compliments, telling her how beautiful she was and how lucky he was to have met her.
Opal Collier’s lawyers put out a statement Monday announcing the divorce filing and said, ‘Mrs. Collier has discontinued the use of all social media accounts in her name for the foreseeable future. She respectfully requests that members of the media and community respect her privacy and the privacy of her family at this time.’
This is Collier’s dating profile which says he’s ‘look for friendship and then more from there!’ and ‘Not looking for a hook up’
Steinmetz says Collier told her his marriage to wife Opal (pictured together) had been annulled, despite him celebrating his anniversary in a touching Facebook post in September. His wife filed for divorce on Monday
After Steinmetz discovered that Collier had been lying to her, she was contacted by Kristi Shaffer, who said she had actually been engaged to the police chief since December
Steinmetz revealed on Facebook last week that she’d been in a long-term relationship with Collier and has since found out that he is dating other women, too
The first time they saw each other was on Sunday, January 17. He told her that he was going to be in Lubbock, Texas that weekend for work and he would drive to meet her after he was finished.
‘Jason told me he was going to meeting with the Secret Service in Lubbock. He had a side job being dispatched to national emergencies, like the Nashville bombing on Christmas and the Portland and Minneapolis riots. He said he was a tactical consult for these type of national emergencies and he was going to school to get his master’s degree in emergency management. Jason said he contracted with the government to do emergency management planning with other law enforcement agencies.’
Steinmetz said, ‘Jason told me he flew to Nashville to work the Christmas day bombing and worked on riots in Minneapolis after George Floyd.
Steinmetz met Collier at a local restaurant in Amarillo and she said the night was great.
Texas Rangers took Collier into custody on Thursday after he resigned, and he is now facing a charge of tampering with a government record with the intent to defraud or harm
‘He was everything I could have hoped for, he was nice, polite,’ she said.
‘At dinner Jason told me he had been previously married, one time, for 16 years and has two kids and got divorced in 2016. He also told me that I was the first women he has met since then.
‘It made me feel great to hear this guy say this stuff to me,’ added Steinmetz.
Steinmetz said they both had salads and a soft drink, but when the bill came, Collier took the check and asked her to sign both her married last name and maiden name.
She thought this was odd, but did it anyway.
‘Jason explained to me that he was trained by the FBI to do handwriting analysis and told me that he could tell a lot about a person by their handwriting, which I had never heard of before. But I had no reason to doubt him. I remember it said something on his profile about having some type of FBI certification. Jason said he was trained by the same person in the FBI who analyzed the Jon Benet Ramsey ransom letter.’
After she signed both of her names on the dinner ticket, she gave it back to him.
‘Jason was acting like he was analyzing both signatures, drawing lines at the top and at the bottom, scribbling on it, etc. Now I know he was just pretending, but at the time I thought he was legit.’
Then came his handwriting analysis, ‘He told me that I was completely detached from last name by the slanting of my writing and I was much more connected to my maiden name. I didn’t understand what he was saying and it didn’t really make any sense to me.
‘The point he was trying to get across was he said he was worried that my ex-husband was going to see how happy I was in my current relationship that he would want to get back with me.
‘But I assured Jason that relationship had sailed and we have a good working relationship because of our children and we were never going to get back together.
‘It was a constant theme of our short lived relationship that he needed constant reassurance.’
Collier would give Steinmetz excuses as to why he couldn’t talk on the phone when she would question him about his marriage
Steinmetz has changed Colliar’s name in her phone from ‘Jason’ followed by a heart emoji, to ‘Jason LIAR’
Collier sent Steinmetz several mirror selfies during their relationship, which she shared with DailyMail.com. In one photo, his police badge is clearly visible
Steinmetz said the next night he picked her up at her house and they went to dinner.
‘When we went to sit down in a booth and he wanted us to sit together instead of across from each other. He said he wanted everyone to know that we were a couple.’
‘Things were going fast in our relationship, at dinner that night we both said that we were going to be exclusive to each other. I was so excited about him. We had a picture taken of us and I told him I was going to post it on Facebook and that made him really happy.’
But after Steinmetz posted the picture of them on Facebook and changed her status as ‘in a relationship’, things starting to unravel.
‘After I posted the picture of us on Facebook things kind of hit the fan. The next morning, (Tuesday, January 19th) a friend of mine texted me asking for his name. I told her his name and she said he looked very familiar. But I reassured my friend I already knew about his ex-wife’s name and had checked him out.
‘But within minutes my friend started to bombard me with multiple screenshots of his wedding, with a women who was not the ‘wife’ he told me of. She sent me a post where Jason wished his wife, happy anniversary in September 2020.’
It’s still hard for me to reconcile who he was and who he actually is. Everything single thing out of his mouth was a lie.
Steinmetz said her friend was also friends with Jason’s current wife, Opal, and they had been Facebook friends for years, albeit not great friends.
‘I was crushed. I was also humiliated because I literally just had posted this the night before and I didn’t want to have to backtrack and look stupid basically that I posted a picture of being in a relationship with a married man. I immediately texted him forwarding him all of these screenshots from his wife’s Facebook account that my friend had sent to me.
‘He finally admitted that that was his ”other” ex and the marriage was ”annulled.”’
‘Jason said her name was Opal and that their marriage was short-lived because of a ”bad incident.”’
‘But I told Jason if the marriage was annulled why were these posts about their marriage from as early as September 2020 if it was annulled in 2016.’
Steinmetz said she was livid and wanted to talk on the phone with Jason about it, but he said he couldn’t talk because he was working in a ”school zone” at the time. He finally called her but got off the phone with a work excuse within minutes.
‘Jason then texted me back and said that he’s trying to get his annulment paperwork and he was going to send it to me. That made me feel a little better, knowing that the marriage was actually annulled and he was going to send me the paperwork.
‘A few minutes later Jason sent me the document. I told him I was going to do an open records request just to make sure, he was taken back that but said okay.’
Still not trusting of her new boyfriend, Steinmetz asked him if there was anyone else who could ‘vouch’ for him.
‘I asked Jason for him to put me in touch with his brother, but he said he was in a meeting. Then he suggested that I speak directly with Opal.
‘Jason then sent me her number and I started to text her asking about the relationship. Opal confirmed back that they have been divorced since 2016. I told this person I just wanted to make sure Jason wasn’t married because I didn’t want to be a homewrecker. This Opal assured me they weren’t together and said he was a great guy and I should go ahead and go for it with him.’
Collier and Steinmetz went on a weekend getaway to New Mexico where she said he spoke of marriage at lest 50 times
Steinmetz called him a ‘poor representative’ of the town he served, alleging that he would drive to visit her an hour away in Amarillo when he was on shift
‘I then asked this person who I thought was Opal about the Facebook posts from the past four years. She responded back that she was embarrassed for her failed marriage and was concerned about it affecting her job and wanted to keep up the appearance for social media purposes.
‘After talking to ‘Opal’ and she confirmed they weren’t married or together I really couldn’t doubt him on it anymore. Later I confirmed that the number I received a call from was actually Opal’s number. I’m not sure if he cloned the number or had a friend cover for him, I know I was actually talking to a woman.’
‘After I got off the phone with ”Opal” I talked to Jason, I apologized to him, and he made me feel bad for questioning him. He told me, ”I told you so. I showed you the document.” I apologized to him and said let’s just forget it and move on.
‘But after hanging up with Jason, the Potter County Court clerk called me back and I asked her about the document, I gave her the case number, name, etc. But she couldn’t locate any annulment document.
‘There weren’t any records, but I asked if the record could be sealed or something, which the clerk said there was a possibility but not probable.’
When she told Jason that the county clerk couldn’t locate his annulment he said to her, ‘it’s signed off by Judge Lopez, I’ve got it in my safe. Its news to me if it’s not legit.’
A few hours later Steinmetz said she received a video of Jason apologizing to her for lying about not disclosing his annulment.
Still feeling that something wasn’t quite right, Steinmetz told him she wanted to come up to his house and see him for a face to face talk. He agreed but conveniently a few hours later he told her that he had to serve a search warrant that night .
His wife Opal often posted loving family photos on Facebook. Steinmetz shared the photos with DailyMail.com
Collier posted about his ‘beautiful bride’ in 2019 and tagged Opal. When he was confronted, he said he was divorced
DailyMail.com reached out to Jason and his wife, Opal and they have yet to reply
‘I soon found out I was dating a married man. I was sickened by it. I wanted everyone to know this man is a cheater so I posted about him on the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page and it went viral,’ Steinmetz said. Collier is pictured with his wife
Steinmetz told him that she could come up afterwards, but he told her that he didn’t know how long it would take.
‘He was making excuse after excuse for not wanting me to come up to his house. Throughout the later afternoon and evening he was texting me with updates on the search warrant. He told me when they were about the ”breach the door” after their debriefing.’
But he never called her until the next morning, he told her that he didn’t finish up until 1am and they had to call in the DEA because ‘there were so many guns, weapons and drugs – it was just a big ordeal.’
‘I chose to believe him again, I didn’t want to be the nagging girlfriend constantly questioning him.’
On Wednesday, January 20, Collier told her he couldn’t see her because he had a city council meeting.
On Thursday, January 21, Collier invited her up to Stinnett for a ‘ride along.’
‘When Jason invited me up for a ride a long I felt pretty confident. I felt he wouldn’t invite me up to his work if any of this stuff was untrue.
‘Steinmetz said she rode in his car for a few hours, he even pulled someone over. I was feeling great.
‘Then we went back to the police station. There were two women in the front and we just walked past them. I asked him if he was going to introduce me to his coworkers. He said, no, they are bi**hes, and one of them is upset that he won’t date her sister. He said he didn’t want to put me through that so we just walked past them back to his office.’
Jason had previously sent Cecily a picture of them together hanging in his office taped to his desk, but when she went back there, the picture had been taken down and placed face down on his desk.
When she asked him why he took it down, he told her that he didn’t want the tape on it to ruin the picture so he took it down until she brought him a picture frame, which she did.
‘Jason put our picture in the frame and put it back up on the shelf.’
‘I soon found out I was dating a married man. I was sickened by it. I wanted everyone to know this man is a cheater.
The next morning, Jason arrived at her house in Amarillo with donuts in hand for their weekend trip to Taos, New Mexico. For the past several days Jason had been telling me he was in love with me, and how he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me.
‘After he told me he loved me a few times, I finally said it back to him.’
Steinmetz said they dropped her kids off at school, ran a few errands and then hit the road for the 5-hour drive.
‘Since the restaurants where closed because of COVID we had to order take-out. We ate dinner in our room. Later that night we consummated our relationship. I felt in love with him that weekend. He was everything I had hoped for, I loved him for him. I was attracted to his love and affection more than his physical appearance. I never said anything but when he first took off his clothes I could tell he had lost a lot of weight because he had sagging skin hanging all over his body, but I didn’t care, I’m not in the best shape either.
‘And his love-making was not the best and, especially now knowing all of the practice he had, he should have been better. But I loved him for who I though he was.’
On that Saturday January 23, they were driving to a famous bridge in Taos when they saw a man who appeared on drugs and was threatening to jump.
They called 911 and the meantime, Jason went into action.
‘He basically saved the guys life, the drugs were taking effect and the guy started to vomit. Jason turned him on his side and helped him out until the medics and cops arrived. It was a stressful experience but Jason remained calm the entire time.
‘It felt great to see him in his element rescuing and saving people’s life. It made me really admire him, the way he was asking the guy questions.
‘During the entire weekend Jason was talking about marriage, by the end of the weekend together I was more than willing to marry the guy. He told me I was a blessing, that I’m the answer to his prayers, how he’s never met anyone like me and he’s waited his entire lifetime to meet someone like me. He showered me with compliments.
Collier’s alleged infidelities were exposed by his girlfriend Cecily Steinmetz, who also shared an image of the fraudulent marriage annulment document he sent her (pictured)
Initially, the City of Stinnett placed Collier on administrative leave pending an investigation on January 27 – however he has now resigned and been arrested
‘He never officially asked to marry me. He said he wanted to wait until he got me the ring I wanted. He asked me to send him pictures of rings that I liked and he was going to get me one and propose. He was also talking about moving down to Amarillo and commuting to Stinnett every day.
‘He even mentioned Las Vegas as a potential place for us to get married.
‘During the weekend to Taos he probably mentioned marriage about 50 times and asked if I was still okay with getting married, which I told him, yes.’
‘We returned from Taos on Sunday night and I still had a gut feeling about him, that something wasn’t right. I just didn’t know what. He had an answer for everything.
‘He dropped me off and we were planning on him spending the week with me in Amarillo starting on Monday, January 25.
‘Thirty minutes later I got a text from him saying he missed me already. I replied back that I missed him as well. Then another 30 minutes went by and I get another text, he said we needed to slow this way down and we have some differences.
‘I was devastated, hours earlier he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and now he wants to put the brakes on our relationship.
‘He told me that he didn’t think I had a close relationship with God.
‘I was confused as it’s never really been a topic of discussion. He brought it up when we first starting talking but then never mentioned a word about it since. I didn’t respond to him anymore that night. I was hurt.’
The next morning Steinmetz said she didn’t receive a text from him and went about her day, when mid-morning he sent her a text telling her they have some things to work through. He had complaints or differences about her including that she didn’t drink coffee and didn’t like seafood.
She was flabbergasted that those small things were going to be a deal breaker in their relationship.
He then told her he didn’t know if he wanted to move to Amarillo, so she told him she was going to do him a favor and get out of his life. She told him she was done with their relationship.
She then had a heated conversation with him on the phone where he told her she was rude and played the victim role.
‘I unloaded on him with all of the questions and red flags I had. He still claimed the annulment was legit. He was defensive, He told me that I was belittling him and he wasn’t going to put up with it. I told him that he’s nothing but a liar and not to contact him ever again and hung up on him.
‘I was done with him and chalked it up to a bad memory and was just going to let the whole situation go and forget about it.
Steinemetz said she’s glad she came forward because she never wants him to do this to anyone again. ‘Jason downfall was because he had a relationship with someone who lived near him
‘He asked me to send him pictures of rings that I liked and he was going to get me one and propose. He was also talking about moving down to Amarillo and commuting to Stinnett every day,’ Steinmetz said
‘Until I spoke with my friend who had been friends with Jason’s wife on Facebook. I filled her in on the entire situation and she told me that she had found a post on the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page from a Kristi Shaffer about two weeks ago. The post said something like this is the most fair and equitable man I’ve ever met, etc. This Kristi’ profile picture was of Jason and her.
‘So I quickly message Kristi and within 20 minutes she called me and we both realized we’ve been played by the same man. We compared notes, dates, times, etc.
She discovered that Shaffer had been engaged to Collier since December.
‘After my conversation with Kristi I sent Jason several screenshots of my conversation with her and told him I’m telling everyone about him. He didn’t respond.
‘I soon found out I was dating a married man. I was sickened by it. I wanted everyone to know this man is a cheater so I posted about him on the Stinnett Police Department Facebook page and it went viral.
‘I’ve been contacted by several women, there are at least eight of us that I know of. I want everyone out there to know this man is a liar and cheater.
Steinmetz still says she’s still processing her whirlwind romance, she said she’s overwhelmed, embarrassed, humiliated and angry
‘On Tuesday I was contacted by the Texas Rangers, I met with one of them in person and told them my story and gave them the document Jason sent to me.
On Thursday Jason was arrested by the Texas Rangers for falsification of a government document and released on $10K bond.
Steinmetz still says she’s still processing her whirlwind romance, she said she’s overwhelmed, embarrassed, humiliated and angry.
‘It’s still hard for me to reconcile who he was and who he actually is. Everything single thing out of his mouth was a lie.
‘I’ve spoken with several of them women he dated and we compared dates and notes, he would often send several of the women the same video via the Marco Polo App.
‘Jason used the same lines with all of the women, he told them he was ready to get back into the dating world, how he was a Godly, he appeared to be kind and sincere, told them he was looking for marriage.’
Another women he dated, Katie Berry told DailyMail.com that she had meet Jason on the same Facebook dating site and he drove down to Abilene, TX to spend the weekend with her on January 16 and January 17.
Katie said, ‘He stayed at a local hotel and we met for lunch. He was charming and very polite. He told me that he was not only a Chief of Police of Stinnett but he some sort of police chaplain and how he was a Godly man and always praying for me and over me.
‘He never was inappropriate with me, I thought I was talking to a really good man, he turned out to be the complete opposed of that. He is a predator whose goal was to feed his narcissistic ego whatever the cost. I’m thankful that they were enough red flags that I had my guard up and didn’t become emotionally invested in him, but I still feel betrayed and publicly humiliated. I pray for his wife and kids.’
She thought it was strange when he started talking about moving down to her area and wanting to look for a job when they had only been talking for a week or two.
Katie said on Tuesday morning, January 26, she received a text from him saying he needed to step back from our relationship because he was in a bad place mentally.
‘I never responded back to him because I wasn’t that emotionally invested in him.’
The next day is when she saw on Facebook about the cheating chief.
Steinmetz said she would like to ask Jason, ‘Why would you do this to so many women? If you are just looking for a fling there are plenty of people and websites out there to find one at. Why did you tell so many women that you are a Godly man and you want a relationship? When it’s nothing more than a lie. You pushed the idea of marriage on so many women when clearly you had no intentions of it.’
Steinmetz feels sorry for his wife, Opal. ‘She’s a victim in this as well, he used his nonexistent ‘side job’ to cheat on his wife,’ she said
Steinmetz feels sorry for his wife, Opal. ‘She’s a victim in this as well, he used his nonexistent ‘side job’ to cheat on his wife,’ she said
She also feels sorry for his wife, Opal. ‘She’s a victim in this as well, he used his nonexistent ‘side job’ to cheat on his wife.’
She has a theory on maybe why he cheated and lied to so many women. ‘I saw previous pictures of him and he was a lot heavier, maybe when he was young and a lot of women wouldn’t give him the time of day and now he’s ‘revenge dating.’
She’s glad she came forward because she never wants him to do this to anyone again. ‘Jason downfall was because he had a relationship with someone who lived near him.
‘All of the other women he had dated lived out of state or several hours away. If it wasn’t for my friend being friends with Jason’s wife on Facebook, and bringing it to my attention who knows what would have happened?’
DailyMail.com reached out to Jason and his wife, Opal and they have yet to reply.
Mark W Snider District Attorney for Hutchinson County, Texas told DailyMail.com ‘The case involving Jason Collier is still under investigation. Once the investigation has been completed and if the elements of the case meets the criteria it will be presented to a grand jury for an indictment as per Texas law for all felonies. There is no time frame for the investigation to be completed.’