Welcome back chief

Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan is back at work after an “extended” vacation thanks to two city council members and the city manager.

Jordan was suspended without pay for one week for having his photo taken with “America’s Toughest Sheriff,” Joe Arpaio, while on vacation. It wasn’t the photo so much as the fact Jordan was wearing his police uniform, even though he paid for the trip on his own dime and wanted to talk with the sheriff about setting up a drug task force.

The chief seems to think there’s a drug problem in Grantville. C’mon, chief, Grantville’s a modern day Mayberry. We mean, there’s only 3,000 people there with little to do. How could there be a drug problem in Grantville?

Grantville council members Johnny Cooks and Barhan Lundy, who voted to suspend Jordan over the above, appear to be the only two people in Grantville who realize there is no drug problem in their peaceful little village.

To quote:

“Those kinds of problems do not exist here,” said Cooks. “The city does not have that type of crime. The biggest crime we have in Grantville is rolling up our stop signs and my dog sitting in the front yard without a leash.”

“We don’t need our officers on the interstate. We need them on our streets,” added Lundy. “A drug problem is not there.”

So there you have it. Jordan is just wasting the taxpayers’ dollars chasing a problem that isn’t there.

Except it seems the chief not only showed up for work after his suspension, but actually got to work. According to a news story in Thursday’s paper, in just over a year there have been 111 drug arrests in Mayberry, oops, we mean Grantville. In the last week (while he was suspended) there were eight drug arrests.

Nope, no drug problem in Grantville.

We hope Cooks and Lundy will wake up and smell the coffee, pull their head out of the sand, open their eyes, or whatever other cliche you’d like to use, and realize Grantville, like any small town, has a drug problem. Saying otherwise just goes against common sense and the facts.

Just another reason why parts of the sequel to “Dumb and Dumber” will be filmed in Grantville.

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