- Associated Press - Friday, December 26, 2014

JAL, N.M. (AP) - A police chief in a southeastern New Mexico city who was suspended earlier this year for having sex in the back of an ambulance has submitted his resignation.

The problems for Jal Police Chief Larry Burns began last spring when a secretly recorded tape of him and a female companion was released to Albuquerque news stations. At the time, Burns was seeking a magistrate judge seat.

The Hobbs News-Sun reports (http://bit.ly/19NMSEn ) that Burns had been off the job since early October when the New Mexico Law Enforcement Academy suspended his license for one year. Burns is fighting the suspension of his license.

Jal City Manager Bob Gallagher says Burns’ resignation is effective Dec. 31.

Mauricio Valeriano will remain as the interim chief until the city decides how to move forward.

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Information from: Hobbs News-Sun, http://www.hobbsnews.com

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