Ex-police chief apologizes for texting incident
by Clay Neely
Doug Jordan, the now ex-police chief of Grantville, clarified the accusations of racism surrounding his recent resignation in a written statement sent to The Newnan Times-Herald on Thursday.
“Over a year ago, an officer employed by the Grantville Police Department made an arrest of a known drug dealer. The arrest included a physical altercation between the officer and suspect,” Jordan said. “Both officer and suspect are African-American.”
The officer mentioned in the statement is no longer employed by the city of Grantville, but has remained good friends with Jordan.
“When the incident occurred, I was included in a group text message session that happened late in the evening and in private,” Jordan said. “During that time, I made a derogatory statement describing the suspect. The officer who made the arrest has no issue with the statement. However, this does not justify what I said nor does it excuse what I said.”
According to Jordan, the text messages in question came to light during a recent investigation of a Grantville police officer who had violated policy and was scheduled to be terminated.
“The disgruntled employee took these texts directly to an Atlanta-based media outlet,” Jordan said, explaining the move as a purely retaliatory one.
The exact contents of the text messages have yet to be disclosed.
Regarding his resignation, Jordan stated that he is proud and humbled to have served the Grantville – noting that he has grown to love the town and its citizens.
“To say that I am proud of our officers, our department, and the aggressive strides we have taken in illegal drug enforcement, would be an understatement,” Jordan said, praising Grantville’s officers and police department – noting pride in the aggressive strides he feels that were made in tackling the town’s illegal drug trade.
Jordan feels that Grantville can be proud of its police department, stating that he is fully confident that the sworn officers serving the community are upstanding, ethical, and honest men and women – devoted to the safety of its citizens.
“In an effort to save the city of Grantville from further embarrassment, I have resigned my post,” Jordan said. “I would like to sincerely apologize for my statement and wish nothing but the best for the Grantville Police Department and all citizens of our community.”