ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) -- Governor Brian Kemp asked for the resignation of two high ranking leaders within the Department of Public Safety.

Commissioner Col. Mark McDonough and Deputy Commissioner Lt. Col. Russell Powell will resign effective March 1.

Governor Kemp released the following statement:

“My family and I thank Colonel McDonough for his dedicated service, leadership, and sacrifice. We wish him the very best in the years ahead.”

This comes just weeks after 30 members of the 106th GSP trooper school were fired for cheating on an online exam for the speed detection operator component of the academy curriculum. One trooper was fired months earlier because of the cheating and another resigned. 

"It’s a punch in the gut," McDonough said in late January when talking about the cheating scandal. "This goes to our very core values."


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