Gainesville Daily Register

Local News

February 12, 2013

Parkey joins Cooke County Attorney's office

Gainesville — Officials at the Cooke County attorney’s office, located in Gainesville, announced Monday that former Denton County Sheriff Benny Parkey is joining the county attorney’s office as investigator.

Parker will be the first investigator on staff in 12 years and will be responsible for investigating cases brought to the office for prosecution.

  “I am excited to be able to add value to the county attorney’s office, and I am ready to meet the goals given to me by County Attorney Ed Zielinski,” Parkey said. “I am ready to bring my previous experience as a sheriff and investigator and my networking skills to make the county attorney’s office more effective in prosecuting cases in Cooke County.”

County Attorney Ed Zielinski said he is excited about this addition to his staff, because it will give one more set of credible eyes to investigate cases filed with his office. The purpose of an investigator is to make the prosecution of criminals efficient and effective.

Parkey was the Denton County sheriff from 2005 to 2012.  He was responsible for a 1,400-bed jail; more than 500 employees, including patrol officers; a criminal investigative department; and a crime laboratory. Prior to serving as sheriff, he was a police officer and a criminal investigator for 14 years.

About the Cooke County Attorney’s Office

The Cooke County attorney’s office is responsible for prosecuting adults charged with misdemeanor criminal offenses such as family violence, assault, driving while intoxicated and theft; and prosecuting juveniles charged with misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses.  It also represents people who apply through Cooke County Mental Health and Mental Retardation (MHMR) for mental health treatment at a hospital, and advises the commissioners court and other elected official and department heads on legal matters. The county attorney’s office also handles prosecution of “hot checks” for any merchants or individuals who receive worthless checks in Cooke County.

Prosecuting adult misdemeanor criminal cases involves representing the State of Texas in the county court-at-law at arraignment hearings, pre-trial hearings, non-jury trials, jury trials and hearings to revoke community supervision.  Prosecuting juvenile cases involves representing the State of Texas in the county courts at law under Judge John Morris at detention hearings, adjudication hearings, disposition hearings and motions to modify. When adults or juveniles appeal their convictions, the county attorney’s office continues to represent the State of Texas in the appeals, which may involve appearing before the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth or the Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin.

About County Attorney Ed Zielinski and Assistant County Attorney Keith “K.O.” Orsburn

Zielinski was elected county attorney in 2012 and took office in January. Zielinski is licensed to practice law in two states, was a captain in the U.S. Army, was the assistant district attorney in Cooke County and also was a justice of the peace. The first assistant prosecutor is Keith “K.O.” Orsburn, who is returning to his hometown after being in private practice in Denton County for more than 28 years.


Text Only
Local News
  • NTMC NTMC's Bacus honored with merit award

    The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) announced that Randy Bacus, MBA, FACHE, LNFA, CEO of North Texas Medical Center, is the recipient of the 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award. The announcement was made at the 2014 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show Awards luncheon, held last week in Dallas.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Satterwhite Chapman retires after 32 years

    Jerry Chapman retired last month as general manager of the Greater Texoma Utility Authority (GTUA) in Sherman. He is a leading and significant individual who assisted in establishing water development

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • City entrance to get new paint job

    Gainesville City Council approved funds to paint the I-35 and California Street Bridge to match the city gateway intersection during the April 15 meeting.

    April 17, 2014

  • Lindsay City Council approves drought plan

    The Lindsay City Council approved the Drought Contingency Plan and authorized the measurement of water  levels in the city’s water wells, according to the April 14 unofficial minutes.

    April 17, 2014

  • Paxton speaks at Kiwanis Club

    Callie Paxton, Victim Assistance Coordinator for Cooke County, spoke at the Tuesday Kiwanis Club regarding the rewards of advocating for those who are victims of various types of assault.

    April 17, 2014

  • Leonard/Nichols Leonard family donates Frank Buck photo to zoo

    A Frank Buck photo memento is now on display at the zoo which bears his name.
    Joe Leonard, Jr. and members of the Leonard family donated a vintage photo of the Gainesville-born adventurer to the zoo during an unveiling ceremony Monday.

    April 16, 2014 2 Photos

  • Shattered dreams Callisburg High School hosts Shattered Dreams program

    Callisburg ISD and Cooke County First Responders, led by Cooke County Game Warden Darla Barr and Capt. Ryan Kyle, held a Shattered Dreams program Friday at Callisburg High School.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • NCTC NCTC Human Rights Expo

    Students in Dr. Pat Ledbetter’s Intro to Humanities class at North Central Texas College hosted a Human Rights Expo Monday in the Student Activity Center.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • NTMC Volunteer has left lifelong legacy

    She’s spent 90 years as a resident of Cooke County, 24 years as a kindergarten teacher and more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service at North Texas Medical Center.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Zoo to host Easter Eggstravaganza

    The Frank Buck Zoo will open its gates for an “Eggstravaganza” beginning at 8:30 a.m., Saturday.

    April 16, 2014

Featured Ads

What are your plans for the upcoming vacation season?

Stay close to home.
Take the trip of a lifetime.
See more of the fabulous sites in Texas.
Haven't decided.
     View Results
Twitter Feed
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide