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January 22, 2009

Yeager to leave Sheriff's office

VALDOSTA — After 17 years with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, Jimmy Don “J.D.” Yeager will resign from his position as lieutenant effective Jan. 31.

Yeager confirmed his plans to resign Wednesday.

According to Yeager, his options were limited in the matter. He stated that he was on vacation when he got a call from Chief Deputy Joe Crow to come into the sheriff’s office to meet with Crow and newly elected Lowndes County Sheriff Chris Prine.

Coincidentally, Yeager said he was at the office at the time of the call.

“When I met with the sheriff and chief deputy, I was asked whether I had another job,” Yeager said. “When I replied that I did not, I was asked if I was looking. Since I had previously been advised that I should start looking for other employment, I said, ‘Yes.’ Then the sheriff said he had to let me go.”

Yeager said that Prine ultimately agreed to allow him to submit a resignation letter by Jan. 31.

According to Yeager, the events leading up to the resignation came as a surprise to him, particularly since he had already accepted a recent demotion from captain to lieutenant.

“Although I was demoted, I wanted to continue to do my job and serve the community,” Yeager said. “But the sheriff said it was personal. He said he wanted to surround himself with people who are loyal to him and stated that my sister had been bashing him ever since she got terminated. Whether that is the case or not, I don’t believe I did anything to make him feel that I would not be loyal to him.”

Prine confirmed that Yeager is to resign and was not terminated and asserted that the events that led to Yeager’s resignation had nothing to do with Yeager’s personality.

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