Grantville Police Chief

Support for Jordan continues to grow

by Celia Shortt

Since news broke of Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan’s suspension, support from all over the country has poured in.

“I would have never imagined the outpouring of support from the community,” said Jordan. “I am greatly humbled and feel the city is on the right track now.”

The support has increased from simple comments and bits of encouragement to much more.

“We are getting calls from police departments and individuals from all across the United States wanting to send us money for the chief’s salary, for the department and for setting up a drug enforcement program,” said City Manager Johnny Williams in an email to Grantville Mayor Jim Sells.

Chief Jordan has responded to those offers.

“Of the almost 500 emails of support, many have offered to pay my salary,” said Jordan. “For this I have declined and thanked them all. I did, however, suggest they could donate to the drug task force that our two councilmen are opposed to. Wouldn't it be hard for a city official to turn down donations that will help rid their city of illegal narcotics?”

Even “America’s Toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio” and other Grantville city officials offered their support to Jordan.

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

“Chief Jordan has my full support,” said Mayor Sells. “He has the support of his staff and the community because of the job he is doing. At the next council meeting, with the full council present, I will ask to have his lost pay restored."

“Both the city manager and our chief are fine men and serve our city well, and it is my opinion that the council should support them unless and until there is a violation of the city charter or our ordinances, which are the laws for the city,” said Grantville City Council Member Selma Coty.

The initial story on the Times-Herald’s website — times-herald.com — had almost 300 comments. Most were offers of support, encouragement, and disbelief of the incident. Some of the comments were from local residents, and others were from as far away as Arizona and California. Chief Jordan was suspended for one calendar week without pay. He will be back in the office on Tuesday.






More Local

Lawsuit Filed Against Georgia’s Certificate of Need Law

A lawsuit has been filed against the State of Georgia challenging the state’s medical Certificate of Need law. Current state law requi ... Read More


Saddam captor speaks at First Baptist

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell told a full sanctuary at First Baptist Church of Newnan they must not let cynics and critics plot the future of Ame ... Read More


Confederate flag – heritage or hate?

The first time Tony saw the Confederate flag, he was 5 or 6 years old. It was the late ‘50s or early ‘60s. The image was burned ... Read More


Army surplus store honors local war hero

Coweta war hero Johnny Calhoun is back in Newnan. James Johnson, owner of Newnan Tactical & Army Surplus, builds mannequins representing ... Read More


Cause of Bulloch House fire still unknown

The origin of a fire that destroyed a Warm Springs restaurant on June 10 is still unknown – and may never be known. The Bulloch House, ... Read More

Battle flag only one of several Confederate flags in history

What has become properly known as the “Confederate flag” was never the flag of a nation or a state. The Confederacy had a nation ... Read More