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Arpaio defends Georgia police chief suspended for visiting him

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Sheriff Joe Arpaio was in rare form Friday afternoon when responding to news that a police chief in Georgia was suspended for making a cross country trip to visit him.

A police chief from Georgia met with Sheriff Arpaio on August 23 and expressed his hopes to establish an anti-drug team in his own town.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pretty upset about the one-week suspension of Chief Doug Jordan.

Sheriff Joe says the chief of police, from Grantville, Georgia, and his wife were in Arizona to celebrate their 31st wedding anniversary and paid their own way.

Chief Doug Jordan decided to stop in and see the Sheriff in his office to talk about his operations.

Arpaio believes politics are involved in the chief's suspension.

When two members of the city council found out about the meeting, they voted to suspend the chief without pay for one week for violating policy of not notifying the city manager in advance.

That caused an uproar.

"I was very shocked. Who in the world would want to punish law enforcement for doing their job? Wanting to better the community?" said Chief Jordan. "The sheriff is of course known as the toughest sheriff in the country, he's all about law enforcement. He's a legend."

The mayor of Grantville, who was out of town at the time of the vote, was not pleased by the suspension.

Neither was Sheriff Joe.

"They're going after a law enforcement guy because all he's trying to do is enforce the drug laws the best he can with a small staff? What's wrong with that?" said Sheriff Joe.

He says he and the chief talked about drug task force operations and ways to make the town of Grantville safer.

Arpaio is standing behind the chief and even offered to go to Grantville himself, if needed. He also says he believes the two council members who voted to suspend the chief were making a political statement.

"But you don't take it out on a police chief. If you have any guts call me about it, but don't go around suspending the police chief, because he's on his own time. I presume if he went to Disneyland, he'd have to go say I'm going to Disneyland? What kind of operation are they running down there?" said Arpaio.

Chief Jordan released a statement saying: "I am humbled. 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 crime-free are."

Sheriff Arpaio says he will pay for the two council members who pushed for the suspension to fly out and meet with him, or he will fly using his own money to go to Grantville and support the chief to try to get his suspension dropped.

"If they got the guts to come down, I will pay their way -- those two councilmen -- to come down and visit the sheriff."

The mayor of Grantville wants the two council members to resign, and reinstate Chief Jordan's pay.

For his part, the police chief said, "I don't have a problem with it whatsoever. If I broke the rule, I'll take my suspension."

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