The Newnan Times-Herald

Opinion

Yeager’s nomination reflects well on him … and us


  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Jun. 13, 2018 - 6:09 AM

The nomination of Coweta Sheriff Mike Yeager to serve as U.S. marshal for the Northern District of Georgia shows the esteem with which Yeager is viewed in the law enforcement community.

Cowetans have shown their confidence in Mike Yeager – re-electing him continuously since 1993 to serve as the county’s chief law enforcement officer. His repeated electoral victories have come during a time when Coweta has become increasingly populated – with local law enforcement issues changing as the county shed its longheld rural status.

In a statement, Sen. Johnny Isakson spoke of Yeager’s experience “wisdom and expertise appropriate for a U.S. marshal.”

The sheriff is the current chairman of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council and serves on the board of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision and the state’s Immigration Enforcement Review Board. He served a term as president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Association and last year completed a term as president  of the Constitutional Officers’ Association of Georgia.

Yeager’s nomination by Pres. Donald Trump to the marshal’s post brought kudos from both of Georgia’s U.S. senators.

The only negative side to Yeager’s nomination is that Coweta will be looking for a new sheriff for the first time in a quarter century.

His nomination reflects positively not only on Yeager but on the county where he grew up and where he has served so long and well. Trump’s selection of Yeager is another affirmation of Coweta’s reputation as a place where progressive, professional people are doing great things.

The confirmation process for the sheriff should go smoothly, and we wish him well in his next law enforcement venture. As Sen. David Perdue put it, “He will serve our nation well and make Georgia proud."