Suspended Ashe County Sheriff Terry Buchanan tendered his resignation Monday.

The Ashe Post and Times reports that Buchanan gave his official resignation to the Ashe County Board of Commissioners as part of a deal with the county district attorney.

As part of the resignation and settlement, Buchanan is to be paid $71,404.41.  With the settlement, both parties acknowledge that Buchanan maintains that he committed no "wrongdoing or misconduct in office that would have warranted removal from office or being charged with a crime." The payment is in exchange for Buchanan and his wife releasing Ashe County from any potential future legal claim.

According to Ashe County Attorney John Kilby, Buchanan's criminal charges will be dismissed as part of the deal, and he has agreed not to run for Sheriff in the upcoming election. 

Buchanan was appointed sheriff last January and was placed on administrative leave with pay on October 23rd after being indicted on three counts of felony obstruction of justice and three counts of misdemeanor willfully failing to discharge duties.