HAMPTON - City Council is discussing what's next following the resignation of Police Chief Charles R. Jordan Jr.

He'd been on administrative leave with pay for about a month while investigations into an undercover black market cigarette sting continued.

That 19-month sting reportedly brought in millions of dollars, but no one was arrested.

In a statement Tuesday, City Manager Mary Bunting said Jordan halted the operation following allegations that money it generated was misused.

In his letter, Jordan said no one should take his resignation as a sign of any wrongdoing by him, his office or anyone in his command. He also said he's 'concerned that these alleged independent investigations by the city will fail to closely examine the level of knowledge by various city officials have had about this entire operation, to include the City Manager's Office as well as the City Attorney's Office.'

On Wednesday, Bunting said, 'He's obviously been through a lot and he has the right to pick whatever words he wants and I don't think it's appropriate for me to comment on his words other than to say I think I've done all I could do to be fair and objective with all the employees, the chief included.'

Bunting stressed it's important to get to the truth of the operation.

Police department employees learned of Jordan's resignation in an email from Bunting.

Jordan had served as police chief for eight years and had been on the force for 34 years.

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