HELENA — Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards has been asked by a state ethics panel to surrender all of his coroner and peace officer certifications following an incident with his girlfriend at a law enforcement convention.

The Great Falls Tribune reports that the ethics panel asked Edwards on Tuesday to surrender his certifications. The panel has control over Edwards' certifications, but not his job as sheriff.

Edwards told the panel he does not plan on giving up his position. He acknowledged he was in a loud disturbance with his girlfriend, but denied allegations that he touched her in any way or loaded a gun during the incident. He acknowledged that his actions that night were "not the best."