Michael F. Yates
Chief of Police
Chief Michael Yates has 30 years of law enforcement experience, 22 of those years are in command positions with 18 years of experience as Chief of Police. Born in Griffin, Chief Yates has returned to serve the community he knows so well. He began his career in Henry County Georgia as a Deputy Sheriff and then went to the city of Atlanta. Returning to Henry County, he rose through the ranks to Captain. In 2000, Chief Yates began his first career as a Chief when he was selected to lead Bibb County Campus Police in Macon. In 2001, he was given the challenge of leading the city of Americus, Georgia and during his tenure, reduced crime index by 60%. In 2004, he was selected to build and implement the first seven county 911 center in the state and in 2005 became the Chief of Jonesboro, Arkansas until 2014. In 2016, Chief Yates became the city of Griffin’s Police Chief. He was the District 2 representative for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police in 2002 and 2003. He participated in and hosted numerous assessment centers with GACP and a current member of the Exchange Club, a non-profit organization which addresses school related activities and combating juvenile delinquency. His specialized training in narcotics, organized crime, high-risk operations, highway drug interdictions has rated him one of the best leaders. He is a graduate of West Georgia College with BS in Criminal Justice and MPA Justice Administration from Columbus State University. Other notable accomplishments are Georgia Chiefs of Police Command College graduate, FBI National Academy graduate of class session 199. Senior Chief Certification and a Law Enforcement Instructor. Chief Yates has been nominated for “Chief of the Year” in 2017 and 2018 for the Georgia Association of Chiefs for Police by the officers who serve under him. He was one of 10 Chief’s nominated for this prestigious award out of 500 in the state. Chief Yates is married to his wife Nancy and has two sons Jacob and Adam.