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Grantville City Council makes national news with suspension of police chief
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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.”

Public support for the popular chief of police is driving a social media campaign to re-instate Jordan by lifting the suspension. Hundreds of Facebook and Twitter comments in support of Jordan are flooding the small Georgia town south of Newnan, with comments suggesting that the city council should be recalled, and the city manager should be terminated.

Even “America’s Toughest Sheriff, Joe Arpaio” chimed in from Arizona on his Facebook page, saying that "This is incredible! The Grantville, Georgia police chief who came to visit me a few weeks ago has been suspended for doing so! I support Chief Doug Jordan 100%! He should be rewarded for coming here and asking great questions to help him do his job!"

Aggravating the situation, all of this occurred while Mayor Sells was on vacation. He gave his opinion on the suspension in an email.

“I am appalled at the council's decision to suspend our police chief without pay. I believe Councilmen Cooks and Lundy have put their personal agenda ahead of the citizens’ best interest in Grantville. They have taken advantage of my absence on vacation and are abusing a dedicated city employee. Chief Jordan has my full support. 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."

Chief Jordan is scheduled to return to duty on Tuesday of next week.

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