Jeremy Stratton named director of Griffin Economic Development Department

STAFF REPORT ::: Jeremy Stratton has been selected as the director of the Griffin Economic Development Department.Stratton previously served as the chief executive officer of the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce and has governmental experience with the cities of Danville, Va., and Aiken S.C. In addition to serving as Economic Development director, Stratton will also […]

GRIP Exclusive: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web currently under GBI investigation

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Spalding County Marshal Smart Web is currently under criminal investigation by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated prior to Web being hired to head up the newly created Spalding County Marshal’s Office. In response to an Open Records request, the city of Woodbury confirmed Web is a subject […]

County BoC will meet in Savannah to discuss possible stormwater utility, budget, taxes, zoning

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Spalding County Board of Commissioners will be holding a workshop this weekend in Savannah during the annual Association County Commissioners of Georgia conference. The workshop will begin at 4:30 p.m. Saturday and will be held in the Savannah Conference Center. The agenda lists three subjects to be discussed – the […]

Griffin Police Department FCC license renewed; speed detection devices may again be used

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license has been renewed and the agency is once again able to use speed detection devices. The GPD’s previous FCC license expired March 26. Chief Mike Yates learned on March 28 that the license had expired. Officers were instructed to cease using the […]

SCSO initiates school zone speed safety program using camera system from Verra Mobility

STAFF REPORT ::: The Spalding County Sheriff’s Office on April 5 initiated a school zone speed safety program that will utilize an automated camera system to capture photographs of vehicles that exceed the speed limit in school zones. The cameras will be operational one hour before school hours, throughout the school day and will extend […]

Griffin PD temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to FCC license expiration

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The Griffin Police Department (GPD) is temporarily unable to use speed detection devices due to the expiration of its Federal Communications Commission (FCC) license. GPD Chief Mike Yates said the license expired at midnight March 26, 2022. He learned of the license expiration March 28, and all officers were then notified […]

Facebook content related to the Griffin Police Department now the basis of two investigations

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Only four weeks after a press release posted on the City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page was deleted under mysterious circumstances, a second post related to the Griffin Police Department was deleted from a local community forum Facebook page. The latest deleted social media content involves a March 22 post […]

Georgia suspends motor fuel excise tax through May 31

STAFF REPORT ::: Temporary relief at the pumps has arrived with a temporary reduction in Georgia’s motor fuel sales tax. Governor Brian Kemp on Friday signed House Bill 304, which suspended the tax through May 31. The tax suspension took effect at 5 p.m. Friday. This sales tax reprieve applies to gasoline, clear diesel, aviation […]

Griffin PD’s bias against The GRIP confirmed; “aggressive” news gathering identified as cause

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: After years of denying The GRIP Publisher Sheila Mathews’ assertions that she has been subjected to unequal, detrimental treatment by Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates, former City Manager Kenny Smith acknowledged a “difference” in her professional relationship with the Griffin Police Department. The November 2020 meeting during which these statements […]

City pursuing Facebook subpoena related to deletion of Griffin PD press release

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin is inquiring into the removal of a press release from the official City of Griffin Police Department Facebook page. Officials say they will be looking into the possibility of fraudulent use of the GPD social media account. The press release, posted Thursday, Feb. 24, was related to […]

BREAKING NEWS: GBI investigating allegation of missing funds from Griffin Golf Course

STAFF REPORT ::: The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating an allegation of missing deposits from the Griffin Golf Course. An “internal source” reported the missing deposits to the office of City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Feb. 11, 2022. Authorities say O’Connor immediately opened an internal investigation. The GBI was subsequently asked to assume that […]

EXCLUSIVE INVESTIGATION: GPD Crime Lab and evidence room compromised by security breach

PUBLISHER’S NOTE: On Thursday morning, the Griffin Police Department (GPD) issued a press release regarding the security breach that is the subject of this investigative report.The GRIP has been investigating this incident for nearly two weeks and has obtained information you will not find in the GPD press release. This article will also disclose additional […]

Griffin PD lieutenant fired for recording meeting with Police Chief Mike Yates

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: The city of Griffin internal investigation of an audio recording of a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson has concluded and resulted in Wilson’s termination. Wilson, a nearly 15-year veteran of the Griffin Police Department and member of Yates’ command staff when the meeting was […]

GPD lieutenant placed on unpaid admin leave as IA investigation of leaked recording continues

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Lt. Chris Wilson, of the Griffin Police Department, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. This disciplinary action follows the initiation of an Internal Affairs (IA) investigation related to an audio recording purportedly made during a meeting involving Wilson and GPD Chief Mike Yates. When asked to confirm information The GRIP […]

GPD Chief Yates says audio recording now part of Internal Affairs investigation has been altered

SHEILA A. MATHEWS ::: Griffin City Manager Jessica O’Connor on Monday confirmed the city is investigating an audio recording posted last week on social media that purportedly represents a meeting involving Griffin Police Department Chief Mike Yates and Lt. Chris Wilson, a member of Yates’s command staff. The recording was posted to the personal Facebook […]