Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Responds to Investigation Into Son

Since our earlier post about an internal investigation by the Phoenix Police Department into Officer Jeff Gordon -- who happens to be the son of Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon -- the mayor has released a statement.

"As Mayor, I cannot comment on a pending Police Department personnel matter. I can comment as Jeff's father. I love my son very much. I've always been proud of his unblemished record and his 6 years service to our community. I have and will continue to support him through these allegations, as any dad would do for his son," Gordon says in the statement.

It's unclear what, exactly, the department is investigating. A department spokesman said yesterday that the investigation "involves an allegation of inappropriate contact."

However, KPHO is reporting that "Gordon is under internal investigation after a female city employee accused him of inappropriately touching her while he was on duty" -- although, that information has not been confirmed by New Times.

Gordon is currently assigned to the department's Central City Precinct.

Public Safety Director (Police Chief) Jack Harris has removed himself from the investigation to avoid any suggestions of a conflict of interest. Executive Assistant Chief Joseph Yahner is overseeing the investigation.

Officer Gordon has been placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation is carried out.

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