Meet Mike Parker, CFS

Wealth Manager
Retired Sergeant Mesquite Police

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Mike Parker began his career in law enforcement in 1988. He joined the Mesquite Police Department in 1990 and served as a patrol officer, field training officer, and detective. He was promoted to sergeant in 2006 and served in patrol and criminal investigations until he honorably retired in 2020 after 31 years of service. He holds a Master Peace Officer certification and a TCOLE instructor’s certificate. Mike also teaches several classes for Mesquite PD, including financial planning courses for academy cadets as well as veteran officers. During his career he was awarded numerous awards and commendations to include two lifesaving awards, a certificate of valor, certificate of merit, and City of Mesquite Employee of the Quarter. He has served as a mayor, and council member for the city of Crandall, Texas and Post Oak Bend, Texas. He also served on the advisory board for the City of Mesquite Deferred Compensation Plan and on the board of directors as a regional director and treasurer with the largest police association in Texas, the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA).

Mike was raised by a single mother who struggled to make ends meet. She believed that debt was a way of life and encouraged Mike at 18 years of age to get a credit card to “build credit.” This newfound “freedom” to spend money that he did not have soon landed Mike in thousands of dollars of debt. Later in Mike’s life his wife was diagnosed with a long-term terminal illness which was emotionally and financially devastating on the family. With the loss of her income, his inability to work overtime and small children to care for, Mike took on even more debt to stay afloat. Sadly, when his wife passed away, he owed over $150,000 to creditors. In 2013 he was able to pay off his entire debt utilizing the principles taught by Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and has completed all 7 Baby Steps of the Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover.

Mike joined FinancialCop in 2019 as a wealth manager (CRD#7086514). He coordinates Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University classes at his church as well as coaching those who are struggling with financial wellness.