PICKENS — The police chief in Pickens has resigned after a controversy over what city officials called “racially insensitive and derogatory remarks.”

Pickens Mayor David Owens says Tommy Ellenburg resigned during an executive session of the city council meeting Thursday night.

Ellenburg quit one day after returning to work following a 15-day suspension.

Local NAACP officials had called for the chief to be removed from his job permanently. During a public meeting that preceded the closed executive session Thursday, chapter president Shelia Crawford says Ellenburg admitted he used a racial slur more than a year ago in reference to two city council members.

State police have said they’re investigating and will give their results to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Assistant Chief Rodney Gregory will take over as acting chief.