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Posted on: February 12, 2020

Texas Rangers Arrest Former City Staffer for Theft

Jason Pence

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Texas Rangers arrested Jason Pence (06/15/78) on charges of Theft by a Public Servant more than $30,000 but less than $150,000 following a lengthy investigation.

A December news article detailed concerns and prompted other individuals to come forward with information about potential improprieties.  As a result, a criminal investigation was requested by the City of San Marcos and initiated by the Texas Rangers with assistance from the San Marcos Police Department Criminal Investigations Division.  This investigation resulted in charges being filed through the Hays County District Attorney’s office.

“Due to the serious nature of the allegations brought forth regarding financial improprieties, the City immediately began both a criminal and an internal investigation,” said City Manager Bert Lumbreras.  “Both of these are still ongoing and we are committed to following through and ensuring that all criminal activity is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.” 

The City has contracted with Deloitte & Touche, LLP to evaluate internal procurement process controls and compliance for maintenance and construction contracts overseen by Pence since 2015. 

Pence worked as the City’s Construction Manager from May 15, 2014 until he was placed on administrative leave on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.  He was terminated on Monday, Jan. 27, 2020.

“I’ve committed to our City Council and to this community to fully investigate this situation,” said Lumbreras.  “We’ve put many new controls and measures in place including an internal procurement workgroup to ensure compliance with state law and we will continue to diligently improve our operations as stewards of the City’s finances.”

Officers arrested Pence on Tuesday and booked him into the Comal County Jail where he posted bond of $10,000.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be forthcoming.

Due to the active nature of this investigation, the City will not be conducting interviews at this time.  Questions may be directed to communicationsinfo@sanmarcostx.gov.

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