Grantville police chief’s pay restored, suspension set aside
by Celia Shortt / Celia@Newnan.com
After a closed session at Monday evening’s meeting, the Grantville City Council voted to restore Police Chief Doug Jordan’s pay and set aside his suspension.
“The full council has spoken,” said Grantville Mayor Jim Sells after the meeting. “They would have spoken the same way in the first place had the full council been present when this occurred.”
“I’m elated and honored,” said Jordan. “I felt it was going to happen. I have the support of the community and half the council.”
Chief Jordan was suspended for a calendar week without pay, following a violation of the Grantville City Manager’s policy to report anything that is not routine in nature. Jordan visited “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio on a trip to Arizona with his wife to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary. While on the trip, he visited the sheriff to discuss the drug problem in Grantville and how to deal with it.
Also present at Monday evening’s meeting was Randy Robertson, vice president for the Georgia Fraternal Order of Police. He came to express his concern about the due process involved with Jordan’s suspension.
Robertson stated that when any police officer is suspended, he or she has the right to appeal the suspension. He was concerned that the chief was not given that opportunity. He was also concerned with the city manager’s policy that Jordan violated.
“I would caution you on behalf of the FOP and the hundreds of thousands of officers we stand with to remember liability goes both ways,” he said to the city council. “If the police officer’s rights have been violated, there will be consequences. Walk through this minefield you have created very carefully and on the tip toes of your feet.”
Robertson is investigating the opportunity the chief had to appeal the suspension and the city manager’s policy.
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