His co-workers took to calling him the "Caped Crusader" in his younger days when he was running down suspects, vaulting fences and climbing trees, he said. But when a chase grounded him with a knee injury in the 1990s, he took to selling Mary Kay cosmetics, according to a Daily Mail story.
A flip through the archives turned up more stories involving Jordan, including when he was voted "Charleston's Sexiest Man" during a nightclub contest in 2003 and his participation in the city's take on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2009.
He recently resumed selling real estate and says he has been doing well with Great Expectations Realty in Charleston. Of his many endeavors, he thinks real estate will provide the best living for his family.
His exploits on the police department have been noted in local media over the years. There was the time he tracked graffiti artists engaged in a citywide tagging war, and the time he talked down a man who was mourning the death of a girlfriend and planned to jump from an eight-story parking garage in 2001.
"It's rewarding," he said of police work. "The most rewarding thing out here is to know you've helped somebody. It's rewarding to see people making it out here."
He's received several emails from fellow officers, some telling him they hate to see him go and others wishing him well.
Chief Brent Webster said he is happy for Jordan. The chief wasn't shocked when Jordan told him of his retirement plans.
"We always like to see our guys and ladies move on when they're ready and eligible," Webster said. "We're happy for him. He'll do well."
He said Jordan, who never met a stranger, was always very accessible.
He said officers come to grips early on with their eventual departure from the force.
"You just hope you'll leave a legacy or a good enough impression that you'll be missed," Webster said. "I just know from an administrative standpoint anytime you have people retire - especially seasoned officers - you feel it."
Webster said the police department's retirement plan is "very good" as officers can retire early and go on to something else. However, Jordan won't be able to draw pension benefits until he is 50.
Webster won't know who will take Jordan's place until sometime next week.
When asked what he hoped younger officers had learned from him, Jordan said, "To treat people how they would want to be treated.
"None of us are walking on water out here, so if you can help someone, help them," Jordan said.
"That's why they give us discretion. Jail is not the answer to every situation, nor are handcuffs. Sometimes people just want to talk to somebody."
As for what's next, he'll continue to sell real estate while working at the armory in St. Albans.
But the question on the minds of many is this: Will there someday be a Mayor Jordan or Senator Jordan?
He doesn't deny that he still has political aspirations, but he said nothing has been decided.
"I do not know if I'm going to run for anything just yet," he said, laughing. "There are some stars that have to line up first before I go down that road.
"I'd be lying if I said I hadn't looked at it or thought about it. Whether it's delegate, senator or mayor, I've always wanted to help people or just be that person that people can come to."
A public reception for Jordan will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at City Hall. Cake and punch will be served.
Contact writer Ashley B. Craig at ashley.cr...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4850.