In agreement with council, Johnson City police chief will step down next year

Johnson City Chief of Police Randy Holland. (Johnson City Police Department Facebook page)
Johnson City Chief of Police Randy Holland. (Johnson City Police Department Facebook page)

JOHNSON CITY, Texas (KXAN) — The Johnson City City Council reached an agreement with suspended Police Chief Randy Holland that will see him go on administrative leave and then retire from the department next year.

The council held a hearing on Holland Monday evening, then convened in a closed session to discuss his position. After nearly four hours, council members came back out and had an attorney announce to the public that Holland would voluntarily separate from the police department in 2018.

“I’ll remain on until June 13 of 2018 as chief of police with credentials. This will allow me to pursue the political arena I want to, the book and the movie I’m working on,”Holland said once the meeting concluded, adding he plans to release a song Tuesday.

Holland and his attorney added that he will receive full pay and benefits until he leaves the police department in June. The city also agreed to give Holland $12,500 in severance pay.

Holland, who has been employed with JCPD since 2008, was suspended by Mayor Dawn Capra on Nov. 9 following a performance review. At the time, the mayor said she couldn’t elaborate on the suspension since it was a personnel issue.

In Holland’s statement, he says Capra created a “hostile work environment” by “consulting and conspiring” with his officers to get them to “align against” him. Holland goes on to say Capra has fueled rumors about him and allowed the rumors to go unchallenged.

Holland believes the situation with Capra escalated in October after an officer’s exit interview, where the officer claimed drug informants told him Holland was having an affair with a drug suspect. “This began an illegal and unethical investigation against me that was sanctioned and empowered by Mayor Capra. This was all done with no verbal or written notice to me and in direct violation with the policies and procedures of the city,” says Holland in his statement.

Holland said in his Facebook post he would file a lawsuit for wrongful termination if the city council supported Capra’s decision to terminate him, however after he and his attorney reached an agreement with the city Monday night, he said he would not pursue further legal action.

“It’s been probably one of the most rewarding times in my life,” Holland said of his eight years with the Johnson City Police Department. “I’m not done with law enforcement by any stretch of the imagination. I have offers as we speak.”

Holland also told reporters he’s considering running for Johnson City mayor in the future.

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