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Hearne Police Chief Resigns

By: Mike George & Ashlea Sigman Email
By: Mike George & Ashlea Sigman Email

It was standing room only Friday morning in the Hearne City Council chambers.

The crowd, which included officers, and picketers in support of the police chief even extended to the yard outside.

All waited for word on Police Chief Bob Parsley's future with the city.

Just before noon on Friday, Parsely resigned. Council members accepted his resignation after an executive session.

It all began with a special meeting Thursday evening to discuss Parsely's employment. Parsely's wife told KBTX Thursday night neither she nor her husband 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 lastnight 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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