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Joshua Woods

A long-time Palestine city employee resigned Thursday after his arrest for assault on a family member.

Joshua Woods, an eight-year parks department employee, was arrested Tuesday for assaulting a family member and impeding breath and circulation, after allegedly strangling the person in his home.

Woods was released Thursday on $10,000 bond, and resigned his position with the city shortly thereafter. By then, however, the city had already begun termination proceedings, City Manager Leslie Cloer told the Herald-Press Thursday.

“His termination would have had nothing to do with his alleged crime,” Cloer said. “People are innocent until proven guilty. Mr. Woods was being terminated for violations of city policies.”

City policies include notifying a supervisor within 24 hours of an arrest, indictment, conviction, or adjudication; engaging in prohibited activities, and misusing city property.

Cloer declined to comment on Wood's specific policy infractions, citing an open investigation.

“Joshua Woods resigned his employment as parks maintenance supervisor with the city of Palestine,” Cloer said. “We [city officials] will fully cooperate with Anderson County if they need anything with their ongoing investigation.”

Wood's trial date has not yet been set.

All suspects are to be considered innocent until proven guilty.