Jan. 8, 2014 —
FADE said the investigation leading to Sparks’ arrest had been ongoing for several weeks.
Following his arrest, Sparks wrote a resignation letter in which he said he’d made a bad mistake and failed the city of Olive Hill and its people. However, that letter was never submitted to City Council.
Sparks, who had been mayor since 2000, resigned a few days later. His brief, handwritten letter of resignation didn’t mention his arrest.
Instead, it cited “present circumstances” and said resignation would be best for the city, the council and his family.
Council appointed one of its members, Kenny Fankell, to serve the remainder of Sparks’ term, which expires in December 2014.
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