Suspended Jonesboro police chief resigns

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - Jonesboro's police chief has resigned three days after being suspended without pay because of derogatory statements he made on Facebook about a reporter.

Michael Yates submitted a resignation letter to Mayor Harold Perrin on Monday, saying he carefully considered his position and decided "the present circumstances dictate" that he must leave his position." Yates wrote that he let "anger and pride override" his judgment and wisdom and said things that are unacceptable.

His resignation was effective Monday.

He was given a 30-day suspension by Perrin on Friday after a series of posts critical of Jonesboro Sun reporter Sunshine Crump. The Sun reports Crump has agreed to return to work after resigning and citing harassment by Yates as the reason.

Perrin says Assistant Chief Tim Eads will be acting police chief.

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