AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - The director of Augusta’s Recreation and Parks Department submitted his resignation Monday, Apr. 22. This comes less than a week after two top officials submitted their resignations.
In his resignation letter, Glenn Parker gives no explanation. He says his last day at work will be May 17, 2019, and he is also requesting 14 weeks of severance. “I thank you for the opportunity and I have truly enjoyed the time I have served the citizens of Augusta," Parker says in the letter.
His resignation comes just a week and a half after the family of 12-year-old Melquan Robinson filed an intent to sue the city for wrongful death. FOX 54 spoke with their attorney last week, who said the family is doing this because they want to make sure nobody is ever shocked by a city park fence again.
Rob Register, the families attorney, said that the cities failure to have a grounding conductor at Fleming Park resulted in Robinson’s death in October of 2018. Parker is one of several city officials named in the pending $5 million lawsuit. The family says those city officials knew about the problem and failed to fix it.
Parker has served as Recreation and Parks director since Nov. 2015. As the director, part of his job involved working on projects such as the city’s master plans for events and upgrading parks and facilities.