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Grantville police chief resigns amid allegations of racism

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The police chief of Grantville has resigned amid allegations he used a racial slur toward his officers in 2013.

According to Mayor Jim Sells, former Police Chief Doug Jordan tendered his resignation on Sunday. The resignation, just days after he was suspended under allegations he used the "N" word towards some of his officers.

"Profanity is oppressive, and that is about as profane word as you can use," Sells said. "He used a lot of profanity in his emails which I hadn't heard before. He stepped across a line and that is unacceptable."

Sells said he was only aware of one instance where the derogatory racial term was used. But Sells stressed that one time using the "N" word is enough.

"It shouldn't be part of our culture and definitely not part of our leadership," Sells said.

Jordan had been chief of police since October 2011. According to Sells, the text message and e-mail correspondence were sent more than a year ago in 2013. At the time, Sells said there were some African-American officers working for the department. Currently, the department has 11 officers, none of which are African-American.

"I was greatly disappointed," Sells said. "This is a man I admired and supported for the entire time I have been here."

Jordan could not be reached for comment.

The mayor said he is confident the city of Grantville will find a suitable replacement for Jordan. Former Lieutenant Scott Wilson is now acting chief.

CBS46 News requested the text messages and email correspondence that contained the offensive language. We are still waiting for that information from the city through the Freedom of Information Act.

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