- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 13, 2016

HARTFORD, S.D. (AP) - A Hartford City Council member has resigned in the wake of a police investigation tied to a mayoral recall petition drive late last year.

Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Walsh tells the Argus Leader newspaper and KSFY-TV that a community group behind the recall push said Doyle Johnson read a possibly fraudulent email at a council meeting, disparaging the group.

The sheriff’s office has submitted its findings to the state’s attorney’s office for consideration of charges. Falsification of a public record by a public official is punishable by up to a year in jail under state law.

The Argus Leader reports that Johnson did not respond to requests for comment.

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