Former Corrigan police officer found dead in Cleveland

A Corrigan patrol officer has been was fired from the police force after being charged with theft by a public servant and official oppression, according to an announcement issued by the Corrigan Police Department on Friday.

On Monday, Cleveland Police Department confirmed that the officer, Joe Marvin Robertson Jr., 27, was found dead at about 11 p.m. Sunday.

Chief Darrel Broussard was not immediately available Monday to offer details on the death, but members of his staff confirmed that an investigation was underway.

Robertson was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail on Friday, Aug. 9. He was released the same day on bond.

According to the CPD statement, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, Corrigan Police Chief Darrell Gibson was made aware of possible illegal activity involving a full-time officer within the police department.

Upon learning this information and the circumstances surrounding the allegations against the officer, Gibson contacted the Polk County Criminal District Attorney Lee Hon who in turn contacted the Texas Rangers and requested an independent, outside investigation be conducted.

Robertson was immediately terminated from the Corrigan Police Department. He had been a full-time employee of the Corrigan Police Department since May of this year.  

Prior to being hired at Corrigan, Robertson worked for the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office. In 2018, he was placed on administrative leave for failing to pay outstanding traffic tickets.

Robertson also ran as the Democratic nominee for Liberty County Clerk, but lost in the general election.

“Those who break the very laws that they are sworn to enforce will not be tolerated and I will root them out unapologetically. This department and this city deserve better,” Gibson said. “Overall, the men and women of the Corrigan Police Department do a great job for our citizens, however, any behavior that impeaches their credibility or which can potentially erode public trust will not be tolerated.”

Robertson was a graduate of Cleveland High School, Angelina College, where he earned a degree in nursing, and Houston Community College, where he earned a degree in police science.

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