Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

October 18, 2012

Hampton police chief on leave, sting investigated

Associated Press

HAMPTON, Va. — Hampton Police Chief Charles Jordan Jr. is on administrative leave with pay while the city investigates an undercover cigarette sting.

In a statement to media outlets, City Manager Mary Bunting says Jordan halted the sting operation earlier this year following allegations that money was misused.

Bunting says no criminal charges resulted from a State Police investigation requested by Jordan. An internal investigation is under way to determine whether any city or police department policies were violated.

Bunting also has directed a financial review by an outside accounting firm. A municipal law attorney will examine the operation’s policy development, enforcement, oversight and management.

She says placing Jordan on administrative leave will ensure a thorough investigation without the perception of influence.