"I have decided to resign my employment with the City of Cartersville Police Department and retire effective Friday, April 22, 2011," Cline said in a letter delivered to city officials Monday.
His departure comes on the heels of an internal affairs investigation conducted after a female filed a complaint "alleging sexual misconduct" by Cline in an incident on April 7.
The investigation, dated April 14, was closed with Cline receiving a five-day suspension without pay. He was also ordered to have no further contact with the alleged victim and attend mandatory counseling. He did not return to work prior to his leaving.
Assistant City Attorney Keith Lovell said a second, follow-up investigation is possible but it is against city policy to discuss such matters.
Cline has spent more than 25 years with the department and, at the time of his exit, served as the agency's public information officer, administrative services commander and systems administrator.
The Daily Tribune News received information regarding the incident Saturday, April 16. On April 19, the DTN filed an Open Records Act request with the city for information on the investigation. Documents were delivered to the newspaper on Monday.