DANVILLE — Police Chief Wade Parsons has been re-elected to his position by a vote of 772-292 over challenger Sgt. Ryan Furman.
Applause broke out among the many gathered at the Danville community center as the results were announced, and Parsons wiped away tears as he received hugs from the many friends and family who turned out at the polls on Tuesday to support him.
Parsons said he was deeply humbled by the reaction and the support he had from so many residents after a very difficult year for him and his family.
“I’m nearly at a loss for words,” Parsons said. “We’ll regroup and get back to work.”
Parsons still has a pending court case to deal with as well stemming from the self-inflicted shooting death of his stepson in his home. The 15-year-old used a service weapon of Parsons’ that had been left unsecured. Parsons was charged with a violation level offense of negligent storage of a firearm. He is currently awaiting a ruling from a Salem Circuit Court judge regarding a motion to drop the charges
Parsons said he will remain focused on community programs, hiring and tying up some loose ends they have had a hard time getting to due to a lack of staff.
His opponent was not present for the reading of the results.
This was the first time Parsons had faced opposition in the race for police chief since first being elected in 1995.