A Blue Springs Planning Commission member has been granted a leave of absence.

Michael Parker, who – along with his father, Warren, and his mother, Mary – has been charged with defrauding the government, was granted a leave of absence from his service on the commission, where he serves as vice chairman.

Mayor Carson Ross said he met with Parker last week and then received an email this week asking for a leave of absence. Ross granted it and informed Susan Culpepper, chairman of the commission, of his decision.

The leave of absence allows Parker to leave the position to deal with personal matters until further notice.

The charges involve an alleged conspiracy to get government contracts by falsely claiming to be a veteran with a service-related disabilty, which Warren Parker is accused of.