And then there’s Grantville ...
There’s one thing always guaranteed at a Grantville City Council meeting — you never know what will happen.
It’s almost like a crap shoot; who knows how the dice will roll? Fortunately, at least this time, the full council was in attendance earlier this week and voted to rescind Police Chief Doug Jordan’s one-week suspension and reimburse him for his docked salary.
For those of you out of the country lately, the chief got suspended for meeting with “America’s Toughest Sheriff” Joe Arpaio while on vacation. After the meeting, the chief got a photo with the sheriff while wearing his uniform. Thus the suspension, for some reason or another.
The whole incident made national news after Arpaio went on social media vowing to fight for Jordan, his new friend. It made Grantville look like, well, Grantville.
But as of today, the chief is back on the job. He has the support of the community and the majority of council, and he’s moving ahead with trying to start a drug task force. And we can just leave this whole sordid mess behind us. We hope.
Because this being Grantville, nothing is ever that easy. During the council meeting, Randy Robertson, vice president of Georgia’s Fraternal Order of Police, got up and spoke. He basically told the council they were treading on very thin ice, something about due process and he couldn’t find anything in the city’s employee handbook that Jordan had violated.
“Walk through this minefield you have created very carefully and on the tiptoes of your feet,” Robertson said.
This is one time we’d like to say we’ve had enough of this whole mess. The city manager and council members who originally voted to suspend Jordan probably didn’t do it right. But at this point, everything is back to normal (as normal as can be in Grantville).
We say it’s time to move on. Let the police chief do what police chiefs do. There are more important and newsworthy things to cover, at least until the next Grantville council meeting.