MENOMINEE - A Menominee County Sheriff's Department deputy has resigned following an independent investigation regarding a citizen complaint of off-duty contact.

The department received a citizen complaint on Oct. 29, 2012, regarding the off-duty conduct of a sheriff's deputy, according to a statement form Sheriff Kenny Marks. The next day Marks requested an independent investigation from the Michigan Sheriff's Association.

The name of the deputy has not been released.

Two investigators were assigned to the case by the association from sheriff's departments with no affiliation with Menominee County, according to the statement. The purpose of the independent investigative team was to ensure an unbiased investigation. Each of the investigators came from a different county in Michigan.

The employee being investigated was placed on administrative leave pending the completion of the investigation, as required by the terms of the union contract, the statement reads.

The Sheriff's Association Mission Team began its investigation Nov. 8, 2012. Marks received the report on Jan. 10 of this year. Menominee County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Hass reviewed the report and concluded that no criminal violations had occurred, according to the statement.

Labor Counsel from the law fire COHL, STOKER & TOSKEY, P.C., Lansing, Mich., also reviewed the report. Based on the review, it was determined that even though no criminal violations were found, there were, nevertheless, violations of Menominee County Sheriff's Department policies and procedures.

The conduct at issue did not occur in the county jail nor while the employee was on duty, the statement reads.

The employee has resigned from the sheriff's department.