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The Ellis County Press

FERRIS – Mayor Jim Parks and his wife have had "some issues" as recently as last month, according to Ferris police, but Parks said rumors of domestic violence are "absolutely not true."

In an interview at Ferris City Hall before a trip to Atlanta, Parks, a truck driver, said he and his wife were going through a divorce, with that case scheduled to be finalized in June.

Amid the resignation of FPD Chief Michael Braly last week, Parks said he has had to again respond to rumors.

Parks, who was re-elected earlier this month to a second two-year term, said his father used to hit his mom and he vowed never to do that.

Meanwhile, last week’s revelations about an officer using city computer equipment to allegedly search and view pornography have kept officers in the FPD quiet.

"People are asking how [the newspaper] got their information," one source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

"Y’all had the open records requests already written before the paper came out. There are officers and city employees who fear for their jobs right now."

Parks said allegations of micromanaging by the city council and city manager were not accurate, but the mayor did say directives are given to the city manager to send to department heads, which include the police chief.

Parks’ city council colleague, Gary Ross, said in the presence of an ECP employee on election night, "Yeah, maybe they’ll leave us alone now," at which Parks responded, "[Maybe] they’ll realize we’re here to stay."

"Have them put that on the front page," Ross reportedly said.

Open records requests have been submitted for detailed Web search information and documents pertaining to reprimands given to the officer at the center of the pornography allegations.

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