BUCKHOLTS (October 17, 2012)--Former Buckholts Police Chief James Blackmon surrendered his peace officer license this week, which could permanently bar him from working in law enforcement in the state of Texas, a TCLEOSE spokesperson said.
Officers representing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education and Milam County deputies arrested Blackmon July 5 at the Buckholts Police Department on a warrant charging falsifying a government document, which is a Class A misdemeanor.
Blackmon was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond.
TCLEOSE, which is charged with certifying peace officers in the state, said in a previous statement, it initiated the investigation that led to the arrest after receiving reports that Blackmon carried more than a dozen officers on his roster when there were only three actually working at the department.
The extra officers were listed as members of the town's police force so they could qualify to do private security jobs, a TCLEOSE spokesperson said.
TCLEOSE said Blackmon had been a police officer for 24 years and 11 months and during that time has held 22 different jobs.
Buckholts is a town of about 500 just west of Cameron.