Charges dropped against former Crockett Police Chief

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - Felony charges of credit card abuse and fraudulent use of identification information have been dropped against former Crockett Police Chief Jimmy Fisher.  That action came Thursday, according to Houston County District Attorney Donna Kaspar.

Fisher has maintained his innocence all along, saying the accounts were joint accounts.  He was indicted by a Houston County grand jury in August of 2008 for three counts of credit card abuse and three counts of fraudulent use of identifying information, accused of obtaining credit cards in his son's name without his son's approval.

According to City Adminstrator Ronald Duncan, Fisher's suspension (with pay) will be lifted once the proper documentation has been received. Kaspar said the paperwork should be sent to the city on Monday.

In earlier reports, the District Attorney's office had said Fisher's son was denied employment as a Texas state trooper because of the heavy debt on the accounts. Kaspar told the East Texas News Thursday that although Fisher may have obtained the credit cards without his son's knowledge, all of the charges to the cards were for his son, Christopher Fisher.  She said the debt has since been paid.

In September of last year, the City of Crockett decided to replace Fisher when they named Sergeant Michael McKay as the interim police chief "in order to ensure continued leadership in the Crockett Police Department until the current criminal charges against Chief Fisher are concluded," according to Crockett Mayor Wayne Mask.  Jimmy Fisher has served as a peace officer for the City of Crockett for over 21 years.  He was hired as Chief of Police in January 1991.