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After having been suspended for seven days, Police Chief Doug Jordan offered his resignation before a council meeting.
Although Grantville Mayor Jim Sells did not announce the reason for Jordan’s suspension at the time, the mayor later told Times Herald that the chief was suspended for sending texts which included the “N” word to his officers.
“When we approached the chief in regards to these allegations, he did not deny them and accepted some culpability,” Sells explained. “Following this revelation, he was immediately placed on suspension.”
Because of council rules, Jordan’s resignation will allow him to avoid an investigation, something Councilman Johnny Cooks isn’t comfortable with.
“We’ve had more than our fair share of unethical behavior in this town. But they allow people to keep resigning, which means that investigations never happen,” Cooks said. “So, if someone breaks the law, and then decides to just ‘move on’, that’s okay? We keep allowing these men to resign and it then it doesn’t go on their record so as a result, it’s a perpetual cycle.”
Cooks said he is also disturbed by the fact that only one officer came forward to report Jordan.
“To me, it verifies that there are underlying issues in our police department,” Cooks said. “If someone decides that they’re going to complicitly work for someone like that, it speaks volumes.”
Jordan had been suspended once before for failing to report a meeting with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.