Addressing the chairman of the state ABC commission in his resignation letter, Parks Helms said, "I take issue with his use of my name as a scapegoat for the troubled North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control system."
Helms also said the accompanying "media frenzy" compelled him to resign from the Board of Directors of Florence Crittenton Services and the Advisory Board of Child Care Resources.
Here is the full text:
H. Parks Helms
January 14, 2010
Ms. Jennifer Roberts
Mecklenburg Board of
Please accept my resignation as chairman of the Mecklenburg County ABC Board effective upon receipt of this letter. I had hoped to tender my resignation yesterday after a meeting with the Chairman of the State ABC Commission in Raleigh. Enclosed is a copy of a statement (prepared by his office) which he was to have made at a joint news conference.
Unfortunately, the Chairman chose to make remarks at the Commission meeting yesterday morning in which he portrayed me as an example of a “culture of entitlement.” As you will note, this is inconsistent with the enclosed statement.
I take issue with his use of my name as a scapegoat for the troubled North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control system which those in power have condoned for generations. I was particularly troubled by Governor Perdue authorizing the Chairman to trample on my name and my reputation for political gain. I will measure my ethical standards and character against the State Chairman and the Governor’s other appointees to the State ABC Commission at any time. The calls for my resignation by fellow local ABC Board members to shift blame to me for years of negligent oversight is disappointing. The dissection and distortion by the tabloid media of every statement I have made about the November 18th dinner have been painful.
I have given the most productive years of my life to the people of North Carolina and Mecklenburg County. I have never felt “entitled” to anything. On the contrary, the cost to my personal life in terms of earnings, lost time with Eleanor, my children and grand-children have been enormous. The impact of this media frenzy has so damaged my image that I have felt compelled to resign from the Board of Directors of Florence Crittenton Services and the Advisory Board of Child Care Resources.
I have reached a time in my life where all I have is a reputation. My net worth does not consist of money or “things of value” … it is in family and true friends who have stood by me in difficult times. I am deeply saddened by the events of recent days. Although I have been advised by the preeminent Alcoholic Beverage Control lawyer in North Carolina at the UNC School of Government that I have violated no rule, no regulation, no law, I regret that my action has resulted in my decision to resign.
Finally this - as I try to recover from this experience, I am going to follow the advice that I have given to my children and grandchildren for many years – Remember Who You Are.
Yours very truly,
H. Parks Helms
cc: Harry Jones
- Doug Miller