Grantville Police Chief responds to suspension

by Celia Shortt

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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio responds to the suspension of Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan on his Facebook page.

Since news of his suspension broke, Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan has received an outpouring of local and national support for his work as police chief and for his trip to Arizona to see “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio.

“I am humbled,” said Jordan. “I cannot get over the response from all over the country and the city. I feel more dedicated with this show of support than ever before to make Grantville a safe place and a crime free area.”

People from Grantville and all over the country were quick to offer their words of support for Jordan, even Sheriff Arpaio.

“If I have to fly down to Georgia to defend him, I’ll do it,” he said. “That is how much I support him.”

Jordan and his wife planned a recent trip to Arizona to celebrate their wedding anniversary. They had honeymooned there 31 years ago. They paid for the trip and its expenses themselves.

While there, Jordan thought it would be a great idea to see if he could meet with Arpaio. He was honored when Arpaio agreed to do so.

“I meet with people from all over the country,” said Arpaio. “I have an open door policy, and he wanted to see me along with his lovely wife. He wanted to pick my brain and was hoping to go back to his home and fight the drug problems there.”

After a closed personnel session at Monday’s Grantville City Council meeting, Jordan was suspended for a calendar week without pay for violating the city manager’s policy of reporting anything that is not routine.

While some have been quick to criticize the city manager, Jordan has not.

“The city manager has taken a lot of heat,” he said. “He shouldn’t be. He has my back and the police department’s back. He is an honorable man. What he did was to get the two council members off my back until the mayor was back in town, so they wouldn’t fire me.”



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