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February 13, 2007

Turner County--  A shake-up at an area police department.  Ashburn's police chief resigned Tuesday and a high-ranking officer is placed on administrative leave.  

Chief Ben Sumner resigned Tuesday and says he is leaving to take another law enforcement job in the area.

City Manager Ben Taylor told WALB that Sumner resigned for personal issues.  Taylor stressed that Sumner is leaving on his own with a clean record. Major Scotty Ireland however is on administrative leave with pay as city leaders investigate his conduct.   Taylor said he couldn't state what type of conduct was being investigated.

A year and a half ago, some citizens started a petition to get rid of those two officers. Sumner was reprimanded by the city commission for paperwork problems and not keeping them informed of certain arrests.

Sumner said the reprimand was payback for the dogfighting arrest of a city councilman.

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