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PIKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Pikeville Mayor Greg Johnson said he is stepping down after being charged with official misconduct and theft.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Johnson said in a letter he submitted Monday to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that he would resign, effective September 1.
In the one-paragraph letter, Johnson said his arrest had made it increasingly difficult for him to lead the city. Pikeville officials said the board would take up Johnson's resignation at its September 10 meeting.
Johnson also has a seat on the Bledsoe County Commission. County officials said they had no information about his plans as a commissioner.
A report from the state comptroller's office found Johnson cost the city $250,000 because of fraud, waste and abuse.
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