Grantville police chief to be paid for suspension

Grantville police chief to be paid for suspension

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Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan (right) was suspended after meeting with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (left). Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan (right) was suspended after meeting with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio (left).
GRANTVILLE, Ga. -

The police chief who was suspended after visiting Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio will get his money back. After a sometimes heated discussion, the Grantville City Council voted on Monday to rescind the suspension of Chief Doug Jordan and pay him for the time he missed.

Jordan was suspended for a week without pay when his bosses learned that he'd spent time with the controversial Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio during his vacation in Arizona.

The City Council said that Jordan was supposed to inform city leaders about the meeting with the so-called "Toughest Sheriff in America." Arpaio is known for his strong stance on illegal immigration and drugs.

Members of the Fraternal Order of Police were among those who packed Monday's City Council meeting to voice opposition to Jordan's suspension.

"When I'm on vacation, I am free to associate with whoever I want to unless it's a hate group," said Randy Robertson of the Fraternal Order of Police. "If somebody's out there doing something and associating with whoever they want to, I hate to tell you this, but it's none of your business."
 
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, who opposed the suspension, said the he received hundreds of emails from people across the country criticizing the council's actions.

Sheriff Joe has weighed in on the controversy. He posted FOX 5's story on his Facebook page.

Jordan returned to duty last week. The suspension will be removed from his record and he will be paid for the time he missed.

"I'm ecstatic about it. I'm glad it happened, of course," Jordan said. "Hopefully, it is over. We will start enforcing our laws like we talked about:  harder and tougher. That is what we're going to do.

Jordan said that while it's been a difficult couple of weeks for his family, he has been overwhelmed by the number of supportive emails. He said he's gotten more than 300 emails, including one Monday from Australia.

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