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Former sheriff named lead investigator

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By Megan Gray / Staff Writer

Former Denton County Sheriff Benny Parkey is dusting off his boots and stepping out of retirement. On Wednesday, he received a call from the Cooke County Attorney’s Office, telling him he landed a job as its new investigator.

This is the first time the county has hired an investigator on staff in 12 years, according to a news release from the district attorney’s office.

“I started talks about this about a month ago,” Parkey said about his new job. “I have known the assistant attorney [Keith Orsburn] for a long time and when he called and told me a position was about to be available there, I spoke to my family and they gave me their blessing.”

With the family’s OK, from there, Parkey said, it was just a matter of going through the application process.

Parkey said he talked at length during his interview and he believes his 14 years experience as an investigator with the Denton Police Department provided him a fairly diverse background.

He will be responsible for investigating cases brought to the office for prosecution, he said.

Cooke County Attorney Ed Zielinski said he is excited about the addition to his staff because Parkey will give one more set of credible eyes to investigate cases filed with his office, according to the news release.

Parkey said that while retirement is certainly fine, he isn’t quite ready to be home all the time.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for nearly 29 years and it was something I was already missing,” he said on why he’s jumping back in so soon.

Parkey said he still has a lot of talent to offer and is expected to start his new job in about a week.

He served as sheriff from 2005-2012 and lost re-election to the office to Sheriff Will Travis last year.

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