A few folks at the courthouse have been poking fun at Sedgwick County commissioner Kelly Parks’ recent remarks that he had turned some “stuff” over to the FBI.
Sources at the courthouse say at least three elected officials have made homemade FBI “identification cards” and have been flashing them in hallways as a joke. Some also have made calls, disguising their voices, identifying themselves as FBI agents.
Parks, a former Valley Center police chief, was not amused when told by The Eagle about the antics.
“I think they're messing around and doing that as a joke and don't realize there are penalties for impersonating an officer,” he said. “It would behoove them to know that that part is not a joke.”
Commissioners last week were discussing a new ethics policy when Parkssnapped: “I just turned some stuff over to the FBI.”
“You what?” commissioner Dave Unruh asked.
“I probably ruined the investigation,” Parks answered. “That’s fine. Thank you.”
“What are you talking about, Kelly?” Unruh responded.
“I don’t want to say any more,” Parks said.
Interviewed immediately after the meeting, Parks declined to discuss his comments. He said he was on his way to the FBI. He said the “stuff” wasn’t about something that had happened recently but pertained to “something I felt terribly uncomfortable with.”
Parks has remained mum about his comments. He said he met with an FBI agent after the meeting and was told not to say anything more.