North Wilkesboro mayor Robert Johnson says the town's fire chief is suspended after a police report was filed where he was charged with assault on a female.

Fire Chief Jimmy Martin is suspended and on administrative leave. Kipi Hamby is acting chief.

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Johnson says he stands by town manager Larry South to make the right decision regarding Martin's future. Johnson said Martin has given nearly 30 years of his life to the town and believes him to be a good citizen of the town and a loyal employee.