Category: Law Enforcement

Governor Kemp Appoints Former Tift County Sheriff As Interim Public Safety Commissioner

From a press release: Atlanta, GA – Today the Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve former Tift County Sheriff Gary Vowell to serve as the interim commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Governor Kemp applauded the board’s decision, citing Vowell’s lifelong career in law enforcement and dedication to integrity and public service. Vowell

How To Explain This Rep. Trey Kelley Story

11Alive’s investigative news show “The Reveal” ran a story that, if true, is incredibly disturbing for Rep. Trey Kelley and Cedartown Police Chief Jamie Newsome. The condensed story: a reported friend of Rep. Kelley, Ralph “Ryan” Dover, hit a bicyclist in Cedartown who eventually died. Rather than call 911, Dover called Kelley. He too failed

Leaders Reveal Priorities For Legislative Session

This week’s Courier Herald column: Legislators from across the state reconvened in Atlanta this week for the 2020 session of the Georgia General Assembly. Tensions remain higher than average among Georgia’s leaders as tight budgets force competition among everyone’s priorities.  They’ll have to work harder than normal to present a unified front for the majority’s

Georgia Receives “A” For Anti-Trafficking Efforts

From a press release: ATLANTA, GA – Attorney General Chris Carr today celebrated Shared Hope International’s “A” grade for Georgia’s anti-human trafficking efforts and commended the work of statewide public, private and non-profit partners. “We in Georgia believe that one victim of human trafficking is one too many, and the ‘A’ rating that we received this year

Law Enforcement Should Not Be A Thankless Job

This week’s Courier Herald column: Three years ago Georgia leaders knew they had a problem.  Seats in training classes for new State Patrol officers were going unfilled.  Recruiting new members of the force was beyond difficult.  Morale on the force was low. A six percent pay raise after years of status quo salaries had done

Congresswoman Karen Handel Kicks Off Campaign In Roswell

Congresswoman Karen Handel (R-GA-06) kicked off her general election campaign yesterday in Roswell. Speaking to a packed house, the Congresswoman highlighted some of the accomplishments that have come from the Republican Congress: largest military pay increase in a decade, tax cuts that are putting more dollars in the pockets of Americans, roaring economic growth with

Guilty Plea Expected for Reed Deputy Chief of Staff Katrina Taylor-Parks

The wide-ranging City of Atlanta corruption investigation is likely to have yet another guilty plea US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia BJay Pak issued a statement today saying Katrina Taylor-Parks will appear before a federal prosecutor at 3:00 PM on Aug. 13 where she will plead guilty to conspiracy to bribery charges.  Pak