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Council backtracks on town manager choice

SoVaNow.com / October 31, 2012
After an hour-long closed-session discussion, members of the Clarksville Town Council voted unanimously to rescind their offer to Jeff Parrott, putting an end to his very brief tenure as Clarksville’s new town manager. He had started work earlier this month.

Parrott was present during part of the meeting, and was notified that the decision of Council took effect immediately.

Vice Mayor Connie Torres said the Council was reopening the position and “would begin the search process all over again.”

Torres was dismayed with “being back at square one,” but agreed it was in the best interest of the town. She also expressed her hope that as the town renews its search for a town manager, that former employers and others with relevant information about the candidates will be more forthcoming, when contacted for an opinion.

The information about Parrott’s background, uncovered by this newspaper, “was not easily obtainable,” said Torres. She added, “No one volunteered anything. Even the town attorney for Warrenton credited Parrott with uncovering irregularities with the town’s former police chief, “ that later led to the indictment of John Younts on one count of embezzlement and eight counts of obtaining property under false pretenses.

The controversy swirling around Parrott began last week after he was hired as the new town manager for Clarksville, and questions arose about certain pieces of background information he provided to Council during the interview process, and some that he failed to disclose.

His resume showed him as employed as the administrator for the town of Warrenton, N.C., despite his termination from that position on June 27.

A second discrepancy, involving his departure from his job with the Department of Homeland Security, arose after Parrott prepared and issued a press release announcing his hiring. He claimed to have retired from the federal government. Instead, a court in Parrott’s lawsuit against his former employer found that he resigned the job in lieu of being subject to administrative action, specifically termination.

For now, people interested in the job of Clarksville town manager should either mail or email their resume to Town Hall.



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