Parrott met behind closed doors with the council for roughly an hour. Then the council came out and voted in public to accept his resignation.
Last week Parrott said he knew of three complaints filed against him in recent months, and he suspected a fourth - although he said no one had explained the fourth complaint to him.
Among the complaints was one from Parrott’s ex-girlfriend Dana Ames – who just happens to be a law enforcement officer in another community. In a mid-January complaint to the Crosbyton City Administrator, Ames accused Parrott of official oppression and abuse of office.
Ames provided copies of text messages from a Midland police officer who claimed to speak on Parrott’s behalf in July of last year.
The Midland officer wrote, “Tell her I would like for her to call me so we can talk, and my visit is not such a surprise. If not, I will just find her….”
Parrott denied the other officer was speaking on his behalf and when contacted by phone the officer refused to substantiate or deny the texts.
Parrott was accompanied Tuesday night by defense attorney Rod Hobson of Lubbock. Parrott also said over the weekend he had requested a Texas Rangers investigation because of the seriousness of the allegations against him.
After the council meeting Hobson offered the following statement:
Greg Parrott, the chief of police of Crosbyton, announced today his resignation as police chief effective immediately. There have been allegations made that are not true; however, Mr. Parrott feels that it is in the best interest of the citizens of Crosbyton that their police chief be working daily to protect them daily. Due to the circumstances that have arisen, Mr. Parrott feels it is in the best interest of everyone concerned that he step down.
attorney for Gregg Parrott