- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Galveston’s suspended police chief has retired, ending an employment-related investigation.

Chief Henry Porretto tendered his resignation letter to City Manager Brian Maxwell on Wednesday. The retirement takes effect Oct. 30. In a statement announcing the retirement on Wednesday, city officials say Porretto will remain on paid leave until his retirement date.

Porretto has been with the city since 1990 and police chief since 2011. David Smith, the city’s director of fleet facilities, has been serving as acting police chief.

City officials had refused to specify details behind the complaint that prompted the investigation other than to say it involves Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, a federal law that prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin and religion.

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