Cedar Park officer Chris Dailey resigns following complaint from mayor, council member over Greg Kelley investigation

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Chris Dailey resigned from the Cedar Park Police Department on July 9. (Community Impact file photo)

Chris Dailey resigned from the Cedar Park Police Department on July 9. (Community Impact file photo)

Sgt. Chris Dailey, the former Cedar Park Police Department detective who oversaw the investigation of Greg Kelley, resigned from the department July 9 effective immediately, according to the city.

The resignation follows a July 8 complaint that Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale and Council Member Mike Guevara filed with the Williamson County district attorney. The nature of the incident in the complaint is listed as "city detective committing aggravated perjury on witness stand," according to the filed complaint (see below).

Kelley was convicted of aggravated sexual assault against a child in 2014 and sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court for criminal cases, exonerated him Nov. 6, 2019.

"In the Showtime documentary 'Outcry,' former city detective Christopher Dailey is depicted potentially lying under oath on the witness stand at the August 2, 2017 habeas hearing, as shown by the under oath testimony by him and by the under oath testimony and email of former prosecutor Stacey Matthews [sic]," Van Arsdale and Guevara wrote in the complaint.

In their letter to Dick, Van Arsdale and Guevara said "Outcry," a Showtime documentary series on the Kelley case that debuted July 5, was the first time they saw the video of Dailey interrogating the second child brought in for questioning at the Child Advocacy Center and saw the video from the 2017 habeas hearing where Dailey and Stacey Mathews contradict one another on the stand.


"The city believes the goal of the criminal justice system should be to seek truth and justice, and it expects the dedicated men and women of the Cedar Park Police Department who serve and protect our citizens to act with a high level of professionalism as they work to keep our community safe," city spokesperson Jennie Huerta said in an email. "To that end, on July 8, Cedar Park Mayor Corbin Van Arsdale, together with City Council Member Mike Guevara, sent a letter and a criminal complaint to Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick seeking an investigation into Officer Dailey’s alleged misconduct."

Attempts to reach Dailey for comment were not successful.

On May 5, Kelley filed a lawsuit against Dailey, former police chief Sean Mannix and the city of Cedar Park. The lawsuit seeks monetary damages “for committing acts and knowing omissions.”

By Taylor Girtman
After interning with Community Impact Newspaper in 2019, Taylor Girtman became a reporter for the Cedar Park and Leander edition in Feb. 2020. She covers the Cedar Park and Leander city councils.


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