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Holly Springs fire chief quits amid investigation

Posted January 12, 2012

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— Holly Springs Fire Chief Cecil Parker resigned suddenly last week as state authorities investigate allegations of misconduct, officials said Thursday.

The Wake County District Attorney's Office asked the State Bureau of Investigation last March to look into possible misconduct, according to Jennifer Canada, spokeswoman for the North Carolina Department of Justice. The investigation is ongoing, she said.

Parker submitted his resignation last week, and his last day on the job was last Friday, Holly Springs spokesman Mark Andrews said.

Parker had served as fire chief since 2006. Before that, he was police chief and chief of public safety in Holly Springs for more than a decade.


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  • slugolicious Jan 19, 2012

    I love Holly Springs. I've been in Wake County for 30 years and have lived in Raleigh, Cary, Apex, and Holly Springs. I was in Cary when it was the size that Holly Springs is now, and it was very pleasant. I won't comment about Cary now since this is a story about the fire chief in HS. As a citizen, I had an issue that had to be dealt with by Chief Parker. He was very quick to reply to emails, very pleasant on the phone, and made time to meet me personally at the location where there was a problem. He was a great guy just from my limited exposure to him. Granted, it wasn't a lot of interaction, but his first impression to me was very genuine.

    I've also worked with many different people from the town, again as a citizen. From the Mayor, Town Council, to various depts such as engineering, parks and rec, planning, etc. Everyone was awesome. I have not met a town employee or elected official that I haven't liked or that hasn't been very responsive to my questions.

  • truthis68 Jan 13, 2012


    I think "thinkin out loud" may be on to something. I too, am a long time resident of Holly Springs and I seem to remember a HSPD officer with the last name "Creek" as well. Is he the "20 year" veteran officer that was, "forced out", you referred to? If so, I recall hearing rumors that his “exist stage left” was under less than desirable circumstances. hmmmmm...maybe you have an axe to grind and if so this would certainly call in to question, the credibility of your statements and accusations. Perhaps it's time for you to turn the page and get a life.

  • thinkin out loud Jan 13, 2012

    dcreek, didn't you have a family member that worked there? What happened with that and is he still in law enforcement?

  • kikinc Jan 12, 2012

    cantstandgolo- No BS at all. The lawyer at State told me to sit on it until my ticket was cleared up (got a ticket for running a red light....right). By the time I went to court about 5 weeks later, the cop had already retired. Figured it wasn't worth pursuing. I graduated from college that same month and found a job outside of HS. I didn't feel that suing was the right answer. If I had gotten arrested, different story, but I wasn't. Karma prevailed.

  • TITAN4X4 Jan 12, 2012

    I can't wait till Lillington gets this headline and is cleaned out!

  • thelogicalobserver Jan 12, 2012

    Holly Springs is still probably one of the best places to live in the Triangle regardless of this mess. There is a good realtor there in downtown...can't remember name though...but I remember him saying that with growth there will always be this type of stuff and opinions...

  • pam21 Jan 12, 2012

    cantstand...now why would I want to move and leave such wonderful citizens like yourself. Can't we all get along??

  • Nunya123 Jan 12, 2012

    kikinc - so you have all these witnesses and whatnot yet you don't file suit against the town? Violation of your rights regarding illegal search, harassment and the list goes on. This long list of things that supposedly happened with people there to verify yet you do nothing. Interesting. Sounds like a big steaming pile of B$ if you asked me.

  • StrongOpinion Jan 12, 2012

    If you don't like whats going on in Holly Springs, move to Fuquay-Varina!

  • Nunya123 Jan 12, 2012

    not-in-my-lifetime - such a small town? That works out to less than $4 (less than my wife spends on coffee every morning) for every person in town since the population is now over 25000 in holly springs.