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CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) -- One day after his conviction of impersonating a police officer, City Manager Jim Allan announced his retirement, effective immediately.
"I hope you know that I honestly believed I was doing my duty as an officer of Cedar City and in the best interests of the public at large," he said Wednesday in his resignation letter. "Further, I also believe -- and still do -- that I had the authority to do as I did."
Last March, Allan flashed his city manager badge, a replica of the shield carried by Cedar City police officers, at a semitrailer-truck driver who he believed was driving erratically.
Allan said he respects the differing view of the justice court jury that convicted him of the misdemeanor charge on Tuesday.
Mayor Gerald Sherratt said the city accepts Allan's retirement with regret. He said Allan was a man of ethics and personal integrity.
"I firmly believe that the recent incident involving Mr. Allan, which culminated in the trial (Tuesday), detracts very little from his long and exemplary record of service," Sherratt said. "He believed he was doing what a city manager should do and that he had the authority to do it."
Allan was city manager for three years.
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