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Updated Sep 12, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Support, including from Arpaio, pours in for suspended Ga. chief

GRANTVILLE, Ga. — A western Georgia police chief who visited Arizona
Sheriff Joe Arpaio and was suspended because city officials said the meeting was
unauthorized has received local and national support.

The Newnan Times-Herald reported earlier this week that Grantville, Ga. Police
Chief Doug Jordan recently visited Arpaio, sheriff of Maricopa County in
southwestern Arizona, and talked about his hopes of creating a drug task force
similar to one being used in Arpaio’s jurisdiction.

Arpaio is widely known for his tough-on-crime initiatives and unique jail
rules.

“I have an open door policy, and he wanted to see me along with his lovely
wife,” Arpaio told the newspaper. “He wanted to pick my brain and was hoping
to go back to his home and fight the drug problems there.”

Grantville is about 50 miles southwest of downtown Atlanta.

Jordan violated a policy of informing leaders of the Coweta County city of
anything that wasn’t of a routine nature, officials said, although Jordan and
his wife made an anniversary trip to Arizona and paid for it themselves.

City council voted in a closed session to suspend Jordan for a week without
pay.

Grantville Mayor Jim Sells told the newspaper he supports Jordan and was
shocked with city council’s decision to suspend the police chief.

Arpaio himself has also spoken out on Jordan’s behalf since hearing news of his
suspension.

“If I have to fly down to Georgia to defend him, I’ll do it,” Arpaio told the
newspaper. “That is how much I support him.”

The support thus far has been inspiring, Jordan said.

“I am humbled,” he told the newspaper. “I cannot get over the response from
all over the country and the city. I feel more dedicated with this show of
support than ever before to make Grantville a safe place and a crime free
area.”

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Information from: The Times-Herald, http://www.times-herald.com

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