The Chief of Staff for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Spencer, was recently arrested for violating a protection order in Montgomery County. 

Spencer was sitting in his car outside of the home of his ex-wife in direct violation of the order and was arrested by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Earlier in May, news came out that Spencer was released on bond after being charged with injury to a child stemming from an alleged assault of his teenage son during an argument last year. 

At the time of that story, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez released this statement: 

While I’m not aware of all the facts in this case … I’ve known and worked with Jason for years and based on what we know at this time, I have every confidence that the charges will not be sustained.

As part of the bond conditions for the alleged assault, Spencer was ordered to stay away from his son but was found in violation when he was parked outside of a family member’s home. 

Spencer’s attorney, Murray Newman, said that Spencer was at his ex-wife’s home to pick up his younger son for a planned visitation and there were no allegations of threatening or harassing behavior. 

In response to the latest arrest, the Sheriff’s Office issued this statement: 

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is aware of today’s arrest of Jason Spencer. Based on standard HCSO protocol, he will be relieved of duty and an internal investigation will be initiated. The results of the investigation will help determine any potential policy violations and/or disciplinary action.

Spencer has been at the HCSO since 2017. 

Charles Blain

Charles Blain is the president of Urban Reform and Urban Reform Institute. A native of New Jersey, he is based in Houston and writes on municipal finance and other urban issues.


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