Raymond Parker (politician)

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Raymond J. Parker, Jr
Mayor of Jeffersonville
In office
January 1, 1992 December 31, 1995
Preceded by Dale Orem
Succeeded by Tom Galligan
Clark County Council
In office
January 1, 1996 December 31, 1999
Clark County Commissioner
In office
January 1, 2000 December 31, 2004
Personal details
Born1937 (age 8384)
Political party Democratic
Residence Jeffersonville, Indiana

Raymond J. "Buddy" Parker, Jr (born 1937) is an American politician from Jeffersonville, Indiana who served as police chief of Jeffersonville, sheriff of Clark County, mayor of Jeffersonville, county treasurer, county councilman, and county commissioner.


He served as the chief of police when Richard Vissing was mayor and hired the first women in the department. [1] His service as the sheriff in the late 1970s to the early 1980s boasted standardizing their uniforms and the start of the take home police vehicles program. He was a one-term mayor of Jeffersonville from 1992 to 1995. [2] During his term as mayor he worked for extending sewer lines, revitalizing the river front economy, and campaigned for a casino river boat. Voters rejected the casino idea in a referendum. Parker didn't seek re-election as mayor and went into county government. While working as a county commissioner he worked on the expansion of the Clark County Jail, but left office before its completion in 2005. While on the County Commissioners Board he served as its chairman. Parker claimed retirement from political offices after losing the election in 2004 for the county commissioner office.

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