Asked why he applied for the job, Parsons replied:
“ I’ve never done this before - I love challenges and I thought this would be interesting. It was something...I wanted to do. I guess it was another challenge.”
Carbonear has also been Parsons’ hometown for the past 14 years. “I’ve been living here off and on since 1997,” he said.
Parsons has been married for over 31 years, and he and his wife, Jeanette, have two adult sons, Brad and Evan.
Looking over the lengthy (threepage) “ summary of duties and responsibilities” he had just been handed, Parsons pointed out not all of them will become effective immediately. Some will evolve over time. And the new enforcement officer will also have an opportunity to make recommendations to council for changes in any regulations, which may be outdated, or bring in new policies that may be needed to keep up with changing times.
Aside from th e d u t ies and responsibi l i t ies he h a s been assigned, The Compass asked Parsons for his own observations, based on his experience, on areas of concern for municipal enforcement around Carbonear.
From walking around the town, Parsons said he has noticed “people don’t obey (the rules for) sidewalks, curbs or crosswalks.
“ We build these little parks, and I see garbage thrown on the parking lot here,” he said.