Mass. Deputy Chief Resigns after Probe

HAMILTON, Mass. --


The Hamilton firefighter accused of mishandling Muscular Dystrophy Association “Boot Drive” money has abruptly resigned, Team 5 Investigates reported Tuesday.

The town planned to hold a disciplinary hearing for Deputy Chief Daniel Parsons Friday, but Parsons informed officials he would resign with plans to retire.

Team 5 Investigates reported in February that firefighters initiated their investigation of Parsons when the MDA had not received $2,300 collected in Hamilton. The charity eventually received that money.

Hamilton Chief Philip Stevens Jr. said Parsons held onto the donations for an extended period of time. It is not known if he took any of the money before finally delivering it to the MDA.

"Do you think a crime was committed?" Team 5's Sean Kelly asked Chief Philip Stevens Jr.

"I honestly don't know," Stevens said. "Probably only Deputy Parsons would know. I would hope not."

Parsons is suspended with pay until May 15, his final day on the job. Parsons will not be charged criminally.

"Either way he's resigned and whether it will be retirement really is up to the retirement board whether he qualifies," said town manager Michael Lombardo.


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