CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- Cherryville Police Chief Woody Burgess, who was suspended with pay following a recent scandal in the police department, is resigning, a city official said Tuesday.

According to Acting City Manager Jeff Cash, Burgess will step down effective Wednesday.

Burgess and Capt. Mike Allred were suspended following an FBI probe that resulted in the arrest on Oct. 17 of six people, including three Cherryville police officers. They were charged in an alleged theft protection scheme.

Cash said on Tuesday Burgess had been chief for 10 years and was paid $62,920 annually.

In July, Burgess had given notice to the city that he would retire on Dec. 1, Cash said. But several weeks later, Burgess withdrew the notice and went on family medical leave to care for his wife, Cash said.

Now, he s resigned at his choosing and will retire, Cash said.

Following the suspension of Burgess, Sgt. Cam Jenks was named acting police chief.

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