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Grantville police chief to be paid for suspension

Grantville police chief to be paid for suspension

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (CowetaLocal.com) -- Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan's suspension has been set aside and his pay is to be restored for the period that he was suspended by the Grantville City Council.

Following a sometimes heated discussion, the city council voted to rescind the suspension and pay Jordan for the time that he missed.

Chief Jordan was suspended by members of the city council for violating city policy of informing the city manager of any activity that is not routine in nature. While on vacation in Arizona, Chief Jordan visited with “America’s Toughest Sheriff, Joe Arpaio” and spoke with him about his vision for improving his department's tactics for fighting an ever increasing drug problem in the small west Georgia town.

The Monday night meeting was packed with those wanting to voice opposition to the chief's suspension.

Grantville City Council makes national news with suspension of police chief

Grantville City Council makes national news with suspension of police chief

GRANTVILLE, Ga. -- Shortly after a story ran in the local newspaper, Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan was suspended without pay for one calendar week during Monday's city council meeting.

The grounds for the suspension was that he had violated a city policy by visiting with Sheriff Joe Arpaio while on a personal trip to Arizona to celebrate his wedding anniversary.

His wife of 31 years, Christine Jordan said, "Since when does an employee have to tell an employer where he/she is going and what they are doing on their anniversary -- which by the way, we paid for 100 percent?"

City manager Johnny Williams said, "I require all my employees to inform me of anything that is not routine in nature. A trip to Arizona and an article in the paper that was not discussed with me or the police committee is not routine.”

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

Ga. School Superintendent looking for student advisors

ATLANTA -- Georgia's Student Advisory Council is now accepting applications for the 2012-13 school year.

The Student Advisory Council reports to State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge to discuss how decisions made at the state level affect students throughout Georgia, according to Georgia Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza.

The council will meet twice during the school year -- Wednesday, Nov. 7 and Wednesday, Mar. 6. Applicants must be available to meet on both days.

All Georgia students in grades 9-12 are encouraged to apply.

"I am looking forward to getting to know a new group of student advisors and discuss how our policies affect them on a daily basis," Barge said in a statement. "We want to make education work for all Georgia's students and hearing directly from them is the best way to ensure that happens."

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

Military, overseas citizens can e-vote this year

ATLANTA -- Georgia's military and overseas citizens will be able to participate in the state's upcoming presidential primary by e-vote starting later this month.

Secretary of State Brian Kemp said those voters can access their absentee ballots electronically starting Jan. 21 for the Mar. 6 election.

Kemp and Georgia National Guard Adjutant General Jim Butterworth will conduct a joint outreach and education effort to promote voting opportunities for military personnel and their families.

Go here for more information: www.sos.ga.gov/mvp.

Rep. Smith named Environmental Leader of the Year

Rep. Smith named Environmental Leader of the Year

NEWNAN, Ga. -- A state representative from Coweta County has received the Environmental Leader of the Year in Golf award from the Georgia Golf Environmental Association.

Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Newnan) earned the honor for her efforts in resolving Georgia's critical water issues in recent years. She received her award from PGA professional Stewart Cink.

"As chair of the House Natural Resources & Environment Committee, I've worked hard to balance the needs of good environmental stewardship and a sound economy," Smith said. "It is an honor to be recognized as a recipient of Georgia's first Environmental Leader of the Year in Golf award."

"Golf is an important industry in Georgia, where we proudly pioneer new grasses and techniques that benefit all," she added. "We can't do enough bragging about that!"

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

Deal appoints new Ga. EPD director

ATLANTA -- Jud Turner has been appointed director of the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

The DNR board made the appointment official this week after Gov. Nathan Deal nominated Turner for the post.

Turner replaces F. Allen Barnes, who is leaving to work in the private sector.

Turner is a founding partner in the law firm Turner, Bachman & Garrett LLC and public affairs firm Georgia360 LLC. He was former Gov. Sonny Perdue's lead attorney and represented the governor during negotiations with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service during the state's severe drought.

Turner has also served as general counsel to the Georgia Department of Education.

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

7 named to Deal's immigration review board

ATLANTA -- Seven people have been appointed to a newly created board to look into complaints about state and local officials failing to comply with state laws related to immigration.

The Immigration Enforcement Review Board was created by the state's tough new law targeting illegal immigration.

Appointed by Gov. Nathan Deal are Americans for Immigration Control spokesman Phil Kent, former Fulton County GOP chairman Shawn Hanley and lawyer Ben Vinson. Appointed by Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are Dallas Mayor Boyd Austin and Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager. Appointed by House Speaker David Ralston are lawyer Robert Mumford and Colquitt County Commissioner Terry Clark.

The board will have the power to investigate complaints, hold hearings, subpoena documents and witnesses, and take disciplinary action.