OCALA, Fla. (AP) _ A sheriff who instituted a no-frills approach in the county jail has resigned after being accused of stealing department money and misconduct.

Marion County Sheriff Ken Ergle surrendered to state investigators Friday. He was charged with stealing $170,000 from a department fund used for investigations. If convicted, he faces up to 35 years in prison and $20,000 in fines.

Ergle, the sheriff since 1992, removed televisions from the jail in 1993. Two years ago, he started charging inmates $1 a day for meals and a $10 copayment if they want to see a doctor.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement began investigating Ergle a week ago after receiving a tip, said agency spokeswoman Mandy Montalvo.