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Fire Lt. Charlie Thomason has stepped down as president of the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund after two years amid an internal affairs investigation by the Chattanooga Fire Department.

Thomason, who has been on the board of the pension fund since 2015, asked to resign from his role as president but remain on the board during Thursday's regular board meeting, according to fund administrator Katrina Abbott. While the lieutenant cited health concerns for his resignation, he was placed on administrative leave by the fire department in late December while the department conducts an internal investigation into him.

"Lt. Charlie Thomason is on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by CFD Internal Affairs. No further details will be released until completion of the investigative process," Chattanooga fire spokeswoman Lindsey Rogers said in an email Friday.

While the department did not share the reason for the investigation, Rogers later said that "at this point, it is an internal investigation to determine if anything criminal has occurred."

According to Abbott, the pension fund board was not aware of any internal investigation at the time of Thomason stepping down.

"Mr. Thomason requested to resign from his role as Board President during its regular Board meeting on Thursday, January 2, 2020 to address medical issues, however Mr. Thomason remains on the Board," Abbott wrote in an email Friday. "... The Board has not been made aware of any IA investigation by any party, and as a general rule would not be notified of such."

Abbott said Police Sgt. Joe Shaw has replaced Thomason as board president.

Multiple attempts to contact Thomason through listed numbers on Friday were unsuccessful.

Contact Sarah Grace Taylor at 423-757-6416 or at staylor@timesfreepress.com. Follow her on Twitter at @_sarahgtaylor.

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