NORTHFIELD - The Atlantic County Board of Chosen Freeholders on Tuesday became the next organization to call for a state investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by at least four on-duty Atlantic City firefighters.

The freeholders voted 9-0 to support Atlantic City Council's request last month for the state Attorney General's Office to investigate what might have happened at Fire Station 2.

The freeholders state in their resolution that City Council asked for the state investigation because of "the lack of public response" by Atlantic City's police and fire departments and the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

"The public has a right to know the outcome of any local investigation," the freeholder resolution reads.

The freeholder board rarely imposes its opinion on local governments in Atlantic County. The board's action was prompted in part by a request by the Atlantic City branch of the Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network, and Atlantic City Councilman Steven Moore.

"This investigation has been going on since May," Freeholder Charles Garrett, whose freeholder district represents Atlantic City, said of any local investigations into the alleged incident. "Here we are in September. It doesn't take that long."