The Defuniak Springs police chief was ordered to pay fines and costs of 300 dollars for trying to falsify records to help an ex-sheriff's deputy avoid taking a state law enforcement recertification test.
Ray Burgess resigned Thursday from his elected post and turned himself in to Walton County authorities after state prosecutors charged him with the first-degree misdemeanor.
He could have faced a year in jail.
Okaloosa County Judge James Ward also withheld adjudication, meaning Burgess will not have a criminal record. The case was assigned to Ward to avoid potential conflict of interest by Walton judges who handle local police cases.
In a written statement, Burgess maintained his innocence but said he entered the no-contest plea to avoid risking the loss of his retirement benefits. He served 24 years with the Defuniak Springs police, the last eight as chief.
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