Former Columbia Police Chief Arrested

The former police chief of Columbia, Miss., has been arrested after he was indicted by a Marion County grand jury.

The office of Attorney General Jim Hood says 47-year-old Joe Vann Parkman, was charged by investigators with the Public Integrity Division on two counts of false pretense and one count embezzlement.

The indictment alleges that on or about May 20, 2008 and July 17, 2008, that
Parkman did, with intent to defraud, make false and fraudulent statements to
the city of Columbia by providing false statements to the city clerk
concerning purchases. The indictment also alleges that Parkman embezzled
from the city.

Parkman was booked into the Marion/Walthall Regional Correctional
Facility. If convicted, he faces up to five years per count on the false
pretense charges and up to ten years on the one count of embezzlement.


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  • by Columbia resident Location: Columbia Ms. on Dec 26, 2009 at 07:23 PM
    I"ve lived in Columbia for 12 years , this is not a suprise that Mr. Parkman got involved in such a crime but Mr.Parkman was a leader for our law inforcement,but he is human just like all the rest of us,I pray for him that justice will prevail for him as any other person. we were robbed several years ago in Columbia and yet to this day has the recovery of stolen gun's and other personal items has yet to be recovered as far as the law inforcement well they called us twice one year asking if we had recovered our stolen gun's and our reply was have you called us to come and pick them up and they would say NOOOO ; then our reply was" then we've not received our stolen proptery back yet!" But after the two calls that was it!closed case I guess! thats our law inforcement! I pray that God Blesses Columbia with better law inforcement!
  • by Ray Location: Columbia, Ms. on Dec 19, 2009 at 08:31 PM
    I am more than shocked by this event. Jo Vann is such a fine man, a great Dad and a dedicated officer of the law. We never have the right to judge our fellow man as we never know when we may fail even worse than the other guy. I pray for Jo Vann. I really pray this is a bad dream.
  • by me Location: columbia, Mississippi on Dec 18, 2009 at 12:26 PM
    He was the best police cheif we have had in a long time. It's ashamed. People you thought you know you really don't know them. I love Joe Vann Parkman as a person but I guess it was wrong.
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