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."