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Decision on Hearne Police Chief Delayed Until Friday

By: Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Ashlea Sigman Email

It was standing room only Thursday evening, in the Hearne City Council chambers.

The crowd, which included several officers, even extended to the yard outside.

The special meeting was called specifically to discuss Police Chief Bob Parsley's employment with the city.

Although plenty of people were awaiting the meeting's outcome, eventually council members announced a decision would not come until Friday.

City councilors went into executive session as soon as the meeting started.

Chief Parsley said he previously asked the council to leave the entire meeting open to the public.

An hour into the executive session, City Attorney Bryan Russ, asked Parsley to join the council.

Parsley later left the closed session to speak with his wife in private.

When the council reconvened, it voted to continue negotiations with Parsley Thursday evening.

Council members also agreed to meet again, Friday at 11.

Bob Parsley's wife, Pat, said negotiations were still underway as of 9:40pm Thursday evening.

Pat says Bob never received any verbal or written warning or any kind of negative performance review.

The Parsleys believe the special meeting was called because of three police investigations. All three involved Hearne council members or relatives of council members.

One of those investigations involved council member Michael Werlinger. Werlinger abstained from the vote to continue negotiations with Parsley as well as the vote to reconvene.

All of the council members, including Werlinger, declined to comment. When asked who called the special meeting, Werlinger said "I have no idea, I just show up."

Pat Parsley teared up after the meeting. She would not say if the negotiations included discussions about severance packages.

She did say Bob has spent 35 years in law enforcement. Nearly four-and-a-half of those years have been spent as Hearne's Police Chief.


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