DeBary city manager retires after being accused of violating State Sunshine Law

City clerk says Dan Parrott didn't give an explanation why he's leaving early


DeBARY, Fla. – The DeBary city manager retired from his job Friday after he was accused of violating State Sunshine Law.

Surveillance video of federal agents collecting thousands of emails between City Manager Dan Parrott and council members is one of several issues that rocked the DeBary City Council.

As of Friday, Parrott threw in the towel after the city clerk said his original departure date was July 31. The city clerk said Parrott didn't give an explanation as to why he was leaving early, just that he wants to spend more time with his grandchildren.

He also walked out with more than $80,000 in severance pay.

It's been a tough year for DeBary City Council members, which includes a public records lawsuit to arguments over the purchase of 102 acres of conservation land at Gemini Springs. That was the main reason authorities say they were at City Hall last week.

Agents confiscated more than 37,000 emails between Parrott and other council members; many of those emails mentioned the land deal.

The city clerk said the case involving Parrott and the allegations against him remain under investigation. The city's finance director is acting as interim city manager after Parrott's original replacement suddenly declined the job.

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