Sheriff Mike Yeager is a lifelong resident of Coweta County, living in the Moreland Community. He is married to Beverly Yeager retired educator and principal of Moreland Elementary School. Their children are daughter, Kirby and her husband Kevin, and son, Weston, all graduates of Auburn University. Mike is also the proud grandfather to granddaughter, Henley. The Yeagers are members of the Moreland United Methodist Church.
Sheriff Yeager graduated from Newnan High School and attended West Georgia College and Brenau College. He is a graduate of the Clayton Regional Law Enforcement Academy and the Georgia Police Academy. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Carolina Command College, the National Sheriff's Institute, and the United States Secret Service DPS School.
Sheriff Yeager began his law enforcement career in 1980 as a patrolman with the Newnan Police Department, served as a Surveillance Officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections in the Intensive Probation Supervision Program, and served as the captain of Coweta County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations. He is a state certified law enforcement instructor.
Sheriff Yeager was first elected Coweta County's Sheriff in 1993. He is currently serving his seventh term.
Professionally, Sheriff Yeager is the current Chairman of the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council, serves on the Board of the Georgia Department of Community Supervision and serves as a member of the state's Immigration Enforcement Review Board. He is an active member and past President of the Georgia Sheriff's Association and a past president of the Georgia Sheriffs' Youth Homes. He is also an active member of the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Sheriff Yeager currently serves as President of the Constitutional Officers Association of Georgia (COAG). This association consists of all current Sheriff's, Probate Judges, Tax Commissioners and Superior/State Court Clerks of Georgia. In 2006, Sheriff Yeager received the Georgia Sheriff of the Year Award, also in 2006 he received the Governor's Public Safety Award for Outstanding Contribution to Profession. In 1996, he was one of eleven senior law enforcement officers from Georgia selected to participate in a Law Enforcement Exchange Program to Israel (GILEE).
Sheriff Yeager is active in the community, serving as past President of the Newnan Kiwanis Club, past Director of the Newnan-Coweta Chamber of Commerce, and is a member and past chair of the Newnan-Coweta Public Safety Board. He has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for many years, assisting many young men including his son Weston to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. In 2013, he received the Golden Eagle Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Flint River Council, for his dedication to scouting locally. He has been active in local sports programs from Youth League to High Schools, and supports the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.