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The GRIP Reports that Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates on Administrative Leave; City of Griffin Responds with Statement

GRIFFIN - Early in the day on April 29, 2023, The GRIP reported that Griffin Police Chief Mike Yates was on administrative leave. The City of Griffin sent out a press release several hours later. Both are available here verbitim.

BREAKING NEWS: Griffin PD Chief Mike Yates on administrative leave
By Sheila A. Mathews (Posted with Permission)

Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates has been placed on administrative leave.

City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Saturday morning confirmed Yates’ change of status.

The GRIP had been seeking this confirmation since Friday evening. No further information has been provided, but O’Connor said she is preparing a statement.

The GRIP will follow this developing story and report additional information as it becomes available.

Griffin City Manager's Statement Regarding Police Chief's Administrative Leave of Absence

It is the City of Griffin’s strong preference not to comment publicly on personnel matters – particularly those that are ongoing. However, to avoid unfounded speculation and conjecture that could both cause or contribute to the spread misinformation throughout the community and result in unnecessary distraction or disruption to the administrative process, it has been determined that a limited statement at this time is in the best interests of all concerned.

As has previously been reported, Chief of Police Mike Yates was placed on a non-disciplinary, administrative leave of absence by the City Manager yesterday afternoon. This action was taken in connection with the pending GBI investigation requested by District Attorney Marie Broder into the matter involving Sgt. D’Marquivius “DJ” King which – as also previously reported – led to Sgt. King’s placement on administrative leave in February. The City Manager wishes to emphasize that this action does not reflect any specific concerns relating to Chief Yates but was deemed prudent to avoid or minimize the possibility of any misunderstandings and to create an environment more conducive to the investigative process. At this point, the City intends to allow that process to run its course and does not anticipate commenting further on the matter unless or until any developments warrant.

Read more from The GRIP by clicking here.

Submitted 4.29.23