Saline County Sheriff Bruce Pennington announced this afternoon he will be giving up his office and retiring on Oct. 1.
Pennington came under scrutiny after being charged with public intoxication and resisting arrest in conjunction with a June 29 incident at Denton's Trotline.
"My wife and I have been discussing this and we decided it was the right thing to do," Pennington said. "I am not going to take a long break. The first thing I am going to do is get out and look for a job."
A new sheriff will be appointed to office prior to Oct. 1 by the Saline County Quorum Court, but will but will not be eligible for re-election in 2014.
"The Quorum Court will take applications from people interested and qualified for the job," said Doug Curtis, Saline County Clerk.