Court Services director Yeager retiring

by Wes Mayer

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Lt. Col. Bob Yeager's last day of work before retiring was Friday.

After being a part of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office for more than 27 years, Lt. Col. Bob Yeager has decided to retire.

'I don't plan on doing anything for the first six months,' Yeager said. 'I'm going to do what I want, where I want, when I want. Unless my wife says otherwise.'

Yeager began working as a jailer for the sheriff's office on Dec 2, 1985. Throughout his career, he has worked his way up the ladder to become Division Director of the CCSO Court Services Division. Yeager also spent most of his years working security as a second job.

'In this business, it is easy to put your family on the second burner just because of the nature of the job,' Yeager said. 'No more. My family ought to come first now.'

Yeager does not regret his career, though. He said he has been lucky to work with everyone he has, especially those in his division because of their desire to be a part of the community and because of their care for the county. Yeager said he has been lucky to have his cousin, Mike Yeager, who became Coweta County sheriff in 1993, as his boss because he was great at telling him what to do and then leaving him to it.

'People often think Bob is where he is because we share the last name,' Sheriff Yeager said, 'but I inherited him. Col. Yeager was here when we didn't even have a court division, and he has been a huge asset for us.'

When Bob Yeager joined the sheriff's office in 1985, there were only 30 members in the entire jail division, and deputies were pulled off patrol or from the jail division to work the courts. When Sheriff Mike Yeager was elected, he created a separate court division Bob Yeager became in charge of, and now there are 32 members who handle court security, transport, warrants and other legal service for Coweta County's Superior, State, Magistrate and Juvenile courts.

Before Bob Yeager joined the sheriff's office, he worked privately in the insurance business. Before that, he was a sergeant in the Army and saw combat in Vietnam. Yeager was squad leader of the 2nd Battalion (mechanized infantry), 22nd Infantry, 'The Old Three Deuces.' Yeager said he fought in the New Year's Day Battle of 1968 and remembers it as the scariest night of his life.

As division director for the Court Division, though, Yeager has many fond memories of his career. He recalls patrolling the streets of Coweta New Year's Eve in 1999, when everyone was afraid the world was going to end. He remembers friends who were a part of his division who have passed away, and he said not a day goes by when he doesn't think about them. Overall, he said he feels lucky to respect and be respected by everyone he has worked with.

'All in all, I have no complaints,' Yeager said. 'It has been a long road, but now it seems like a short road. There have been some bumpy spots, but we smoothed those out. All of my memories are good memories.'

Yeager said he is happy to be able spend more time with his wife, two kids and two grandchildren. He also said there was a good bit of work he needed to do around the house.

Jail Division Director Lt. Col. Lenn Wood is set to succeed Yeager as Court Division Director.



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