Yeager featured in ‘Sheriff Magazine’
by Wes Mayer
Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager was surprised to find his own face in a magazine last month.
In the March/April issue of “Sheriff Magazine,” Yeager was the featured sheriff in the “Meet the Sheriff” section. Yeager said whenever he gets the magazine, he always flips to the back page to see if he knows the issue’s featured sheriff.
“And lo and behold, there I was,” Yeager said. “Yeah, I know this person.”
Yeager said there are more than 3,000 sheriffs nationwide, and in his 23 years serving as sheriff of Coweta County, he cannot remember seeing another Georgia sheriff featured in the magazine. “Sheriff Magazine” is published only six times a year, so a very small percentage of the nation’s sheriffs have been featured.
The feature discusses Yeager’s law enforcement career from a patrol officer with the Newnan Police Department to become the county’s sheriff, education path, involvement in many boards and associations and his service in the community. It also mentions some of his awards, including the 2006 Georgia Sheriff of the Year and the Governor’s Public Safety Award for Outstanding Contribution.
The feature also gives some insight into Coweta County and the sheriff’s office – which has around 240 personnel policing a 443-square-mile county with more than 130,000 residents. Many of the Coweta Sheriff’s Office community programs were also listed, such as the Citizens Firearms Safety training, the Jr. Law Enforcement Academy, Project S.A.F.E., Project Lifesaver and the annual Mantracker Conference organized by the department.