TRINITY, Texas (KETK) – Longtime Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones is hanging up his badge to become the city manager, full-time.

Jones tells KETK, a few years ago, when the city fell on hard financial times, he stepped up to be the city manager, with no additional pay, while also maintaining his position as chief of police.

Now that the city’s funds have been restored to where they’re supposed to be, he said, it’s time for him to focus 100% of his energy into his role as city manager.

Jones said this move will also allow the city to hire a new Chief of Police who can be 100% focused on the police department.

“I’ve always loved how the Trinity community has supported me throughout the years. I’m particularly proud of events we’ve hosted and the reduction in crime our community has seen over the years,” Jones said.

As city manager, Jones said he’s excited about their upcoming IBCA sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off planned for the first weekend in July.

“This cook-off is just one example of the successful events we host for the community. Last year, I had 49 teams participate, and several of them were the top cooks in the state,” Jones said.

He has been the Trinity police chief since 2008 and spent more than 20 years dedicated to law enforcement.

He also starred in CMT’s reality show “Big Texas Heat” alongside one of his officers and best friends, Donald Givens, commonly known by the community as “Big Sexy.” 

Jone and Givens garnered national attention when they posted the viral “His Life Matters” photo on social media.

“A lot of people think we’re just talking about police officers and we’re not,” Jones said at the time. “It was Donald Givens matters to me.”

Jones also said that his resignation will be effective immediately, and the department is currently looking for someone to step into the position.