Get ready for another special election, as Nathan Deal – even from far-away China – continues to use the Legislature as his talent pool. From the governor’s office:
Gov. Nathan Deal has named Rep. Tim Bearden of Villa Rica as his choice for director of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Upon approval by the Georgia Board of Public Safety, Bearden would replace Dale Mann, who is retiring from the post after more than 25 years of service, and take office effective Nov.1. …
Bearden began his career in law enforcement as a patrolman in Villa Rica in 1990. He was later named sergeant of the Motorcycle Division of the Douglasville Police Department, earning the honor of Officer of the Year in 2003
During his tenure in the Motorcycle Division, Bearden participated in undercover narcotics operations and drug interdictions. He completed more than 1000 hours of law enforcement training before stepping down in 2004 and attended Mercer University.
Bearden was also a sponsor of several efforts to ease Georgia’s laws restricting the permitted carrying of concealed weapons in public places – a topic that past governors have found wearisome.
So there’s that to think about, too.
The governor last month named state Sen. Jim Butterworth, R-Cornelia, as adjutant general, and earlier this month named state Sen. Mitch Seabaugh, R-Sharpsburg, as deputy state treasurer. Then there’s state Rep. James Mills, R-Gainesville, who is about to become a member of the state Board of Pardons and Paroles.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider