Daisetta police chief resigns

Daisetta Police Chief Mike Parrish (center) is pictured with members of the Daisetta City Council, and his wife and mother. Left to right they are Don Neyland, Wendy Wells, Tonya Parrish, Raymond Sanders, Cindy Burchfield, Parrish's mom and Mayor Eric Thaxton.

Goodbyes are never easy. Daisetta residents can take heart in the fact that while Police Chief Mike Parrish is resigning, he is not leaving his beloved hometown of Daisetta and will soon be working in the neighboring town of Liberty.

Parrish’s last day on the job will be Feb. 28, almost 10 years to the day he began his second stint as chief for Daisetta, having previously served five years as chief prior to 2006. For two years of his law enforcement career, from 2006-2008, he was the Pct. 2 constable.

In his letter to city council, Parish thanked the city for giving him the opportunity to serve the citizens of Daisetta.

“We’ve seen many changes, some good times and some bad, but all in all this community has always stuck together and been a very supportive group for our department,” Parrish wrote. “I know for a fact that we could not have been nearly as successful without this awesome support from Hull, Daisetta and Raywood areas. Also, a word of gratitude to all our neighboring Liberty County law enforcement agencies, which were always available, to assist our department whenever they were called upon to do so.”

Parrish’s new gig will be investigating crimes for Liberty Police Department under the command of Chief Gary Martin.

“While certainly looking forward to the future, and this great opportunity to serve under Chief Gary Martin in the capacity of detective for Liberty Police Department, I just want my friends, family and colleagues to know that this move is both refreshing and bittersweet because while looking forward to a new challenge, I’ll also miss serving the citizens of this area, whom I have come to know and love as family,” Parrish wrote.

At a short council meeting on Feb. 21, Daisetta City Council met with Parrish in executive session. When they returned to regular session, council formally approved his resignation and set a meeting for Monday, Feb. 25, at which time they intend to appoint an interim chief.

A farewell party for Parrish is planned for Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., at Daisetta City Hall, 410B Main St., Daisetta. The public is invited to attend.

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