Ga. chief suspended after visit with Ariz. sheriff

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Updated: Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:16:25 EST

GRANTVILLE, Ga. (AP) — The police chief in a west Georgia town has been suspended for a week without pay after he was criticized for not letting city officials know about a trip he made to Arizona to meet with Joe Arpaio, the sheriff in Maricopa County, Ariz. Arpaio is widely known for his tough-on-crime initiatives and unusual jail rules. The Times-Herald reports ( that Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan met with the Arizona sheriff and then expressed his hopes to establish Grantville's own drug team. City Manager Johnny Williams said the sheriff violated a policy of informing him of anything that's not routine, and he doesn't consider the trip to be routine. The city council voted 2-1 to suspend Jordan. Grantville Mayor Jim Sells said he's appalled at the action, and fully supports the police chief. ___ Information from: The Times-Herald,

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