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.
Grantville Police Chief Doug Jordan met with the Arizona sheriff and then expressed his hopes to establish Grantville's own drug team, The Newnan Times-Herald reported
City Manager Johnny Williams said the sheriff violated a policy of informing him of anything that's not routine.
"I require all my employees to inform me of anything that is not routine in nature," Williams said. "A trip to Arizona and an article in the paper that was not discussed with me or the police committee is not routine."
The city council voted 2-1 to suspend Jordan.
Grantville Mayor Jim Sells, who was on vacation and not at the council meeting, said later that he's appalled at the action, and fully supports the police chief.
"I am appalled at the council's decision to suspend our police chief without pay," the mayor said in a statement to the Newnan newspaper.
"Chief Jordan has my full support," the mayor added. "He has the support of his staff and the community because of the job he is doing. At the next council meeting, with the full council present, I will ask to have his lost pay restored."