The board appointed Parker to lead the county's legal department in September 2012. He had been Colusa County counsel since July 2010, and replaced former county counsel Jeanine Nadel on her appointment to judgeship in the Mendocino County Superior Court.

In his letter of resignation Parker wrote, "It is with regret that I am resigning from my position as County Counsel due to personal reasons. I will be taking early retirement from Mendocino County as well. I want to thank all those who have worked and supported me during my tenure here."

Parker stated on hi hire that the move to Mendocino County was a step up in his career ladder, and that he was looking forward to retiring near the ocean "many years from now."

Parker started as a legal clerk in a city attorney's office in Ohio, his home state. He worked in advisory and litigation roles at the El Dorado County Counsel's Office from 1991 to 2005, then became the Sacramento County Counsel's Office's taxation attorney until moving on to the job of Colusa County counsel in 2010.

Pinches wrote in a statement the county released Wednesday, "On behalf of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, we wish Mr. Parker the very best in his retirement."

The Board of Supervisors had, on its announcement of Parker's hire, touted his "broad legal experience ... including a solid background on land use and expertise in financial matters."

Parker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1980. He earned a Juris Doctor degree at Capital University School of Law in Columbus, Ohio in 1984, and a Masters of Law degree in international tax and business from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 1985.

He served as an assistant staff judge advocate in the U.S. air Force from 1986 to 1990 at Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield, and as the office's chief of civil law from 1989 to 1990.