By Bethany Anderson
Tonight’s City Council meeting had a bit of an unusual start with the notable absence of City Mayor, Kevin Parsons. The meeting was called to order and then subsequently led by Vice Mayor, Jerry Jordan. There was no explanation given for the Mayor’s absence, and the meeting continued as otherwise planned.
Thanks to social media, it didn’t take long to find out the reason for the Mayor’s absence, as, before the meeting, the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office released a statement and photo on their Facebook page shortly after 8 p.m., which explained the strange turn of events.
At approximately 6:00 pm, this evening (Tuesday, Jan. 8) deputies executed a warrant service on Parsons, for obstruction of justice.
Charges stemmed from a traffic stop on December 22, 2018, where Mayor Parsons was pulled over on Hwy 67 West, for speeding.
According to the official JCSO report, upon approaching the car, the officer immediately recognized and identified the driver as mayor parsons and advised him why he had stopped him.
The report states, “the officer then asked Mr. Parsons who the passenger was with him. He said it was a friend. The officer having prior knowledge that Mr. Parsons brother-in-law had active warrants out of Johnson County and had been seen in that same vehicle asked Mr. Parsons what his friend’s name was. When Mr. Parsons refused to answer the officer, he then asked the passenger directly if he had an Id on him and he said no. He then asked the passenger twice for his name, and he would not respond either time.
Sheriff tester arrived on scene and asked Mr. Parsons if the passenger was his brother-in-law. Mr. Parsons responded saying, “I don’t know, I’m not at liberty to say that.” The Sheriff advised Mr. Parsons that his brother-in-law has active warrants on him and if that were him, then they would need to know. Mr. Parsons was then advised if it was him and he didn’t say, he could be charged. Again, Mr. Parsons said, “I don’t know.”
“Mr. Parsons was asked one last time if he didn’t know the passenger could be his brother-in-law in which he finally said, “it’s my brother-in-law, yes.” The passenger exited the vehicle, and his identification was confirmed as well as the active warrants that were outstanding on Mr. Parsons’ brother-in-law, Kenneth B. Cornett. Mr. Cornett was taken into custody on the scene, and Mr. Parsons is being charged with obstruction of justice.”
Deputies said that Parsons’ bond was set at $2,500.00. His court date will be on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.