SG chairman resigns to take part-time job

Student Government Sen. Jesse Parrish announced his resignation as chairman of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee in an e-mail he sent to SG members yesterday evening.

“Over the past week I accepted another part-time job that would restrict my ability to complete my duties as A&R chairman,” Parrish said in the e-mail. “I feel that I no longer have the time needed and deserved by the student organizations of this university to help provide the financial opportunities they seek.”

Parrish accepted a job as a runner for a law firm in Lexington after looking for a part-time job since the end of fall semester, he said. Two of the four SG committee chairs are unpaid positions, including the A&R chair.

“I didn’t have the time and I didn’t want to short the committee,” Parrish said. “I’m just moving in a different direction.”

Senate President Tyler Montell said the e-mail was the first notification he received of Parrish’s resignation and said he was thankful Parrish considered what was best for the committee in his decision.

“He was really good at what he did, but we know he is pursuing other interests,” Montell said.

Parrish said his resignation is in no way related to the SG ethics investigation over his and Sen. Blake Burnett’s reselling of tickets for profit to an SG-sponsored concert in September. Proceeds from the concert went to the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center. Parrish later said he and Burnett would donate their profits.

Parrish is in his third year on the A&R committee, and this was his second as committee chairman. The A&R committee’s primary responsibility is allotting funds to campus groups. Parrish will be replaced by the vice-chairman of the committee, Sen. Kevin Parrott.

Parrott is a first-year member of SG. He was elected by the A&R committee to vice-chair in October after Sen. Brittany Pennington resigned from the position. A new vice-chair will be elected by the committee, which meets tomorrow.

Parrott said it was an unexpected change, but he accepted the position last night after the e-mail was sent.

“I’m the Gerald Ford of the A&R committee,” Parrott said. “I hadn’t heard anything about this until about 6 o’clock, and I’ve accepted.”

Parrott is a second-year medical student, but said he can handle the responsibilities of the position.

SG President Nick Phelps said the e-mail was his first notification of Parrish’s resignation as well, but he is completely confident in Parrott’s abilities to run the committee.

Parrish will continue to serve as the business and economics college senator and said he looks forward to continue working in the Senate. The Committee on Committees will determine if Parrish will continue to serve in A&R, but Parrish said he would prefer to not serve on any of SG’s committees.

“There are several senators who do not have committee responsibilities because of time constraints, and that is the route I’d like to go,” Parrish said.