How two council members suspended chief
by Celia Shortt
Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan was suspended for one week without pay on the votes of two council members. Here’s how that happened:
Grantville City Council is made up of four members and the mayor. The mayor only votes in case of a tie.
Therefore, a motion can pass one of two ways. First, by having at least three of the four council members vote in favor of it. Second, two council members vote in favor of it and two vote against it — the mayor then casts the deciding vote, either for or against.
In the situation with the vote to suspend Grantville’s police chief on the recommendation of the city manager, the vote played out differently.
The mayor was out of town. Because he was out of town, Council Member Selma Coty stepped in as Mayor Pro-Tem. Because she was serving in that role, she could only vote in case of a tie.
So when the council reconvened after its closed session to discuss personnel, Council Members Cooks and Lundy voted to suspend the chief, and Council Member Rochelle Jabaley voted against it. Coty could not vote because there was not a tie.