McConico appointed town's police chief
by W. Brain Hale
Jan 09, 2013 | 1611 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Chief Roderick McConico
Chief Roderick McConico
PARRISH — The Parrish Town Council voted unanimously to appoint Roderick McConico to the vacant police chief’s position at Tuesday night’s monthly meeting.

McConico takes over the post for Nick Smith, who left the department to become police chief for the City of Cordova. He spent two and a half years with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office before serving a six-and-a-half-year stint with the Adamsville Police Department. His prior experiences in law enforcement includes working in corrections, working in a K-9 unit and normal patrol duty. McConico joined the Parrish Police Department in Jan. 2012 and also served as an assistant in the department’s neighborhood watch program.

“We will have police protection in our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I do not want our citizens to worry about calling the department and no one responds — we will come when we are called to serve the members of our community,” McConico said. “Both myself and each member of our police force look forward to providing the Town of Parrish with a safe place to reside in.”

The council also voted unanimously to appoint McKinsley Marbury as the department’s assistant police chief and to hire Steve Yarborough as the school resource officer.

“Our school resource officer will have his office at Parrish Elementary School and his role will be to make sure our children are safe both there and at the high school,” McConico said. “Our citizens will see him at both locations ensuring the safety of our kids. Due to the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, our children’s safety, along with the safety of our citizens, is my top priority — and adding a school resource officer would help tend to these matters.”

The appointed officers will have to undergo mandatory drug screening prior to their full installment to the positions.