LaGrange native, Scott Jeter, was introduced as the new post commander for the local Georgia State Patrol office during the LaGrange City Council meeting Tuesday evening. Jeter was introduces by former Georgia State Trooper and current La-Grange City Councilman Mark Mitchell, who provided a brief history of the new post commander’s service and accolades.
Jeter began his career as a first responder, working for the Troup County Fire Department and eventually becoming an EMT. Jeter later moved on to the Georgia State Patrol after he finished state trooper training in 2001, where he has remained since.
On his way to being promoted to Sergeant First Class, Jeter has served with the GSP in LaGrange, Thomaston, Newnan, and Villa Rica.
Jeter has eight years of SWAT team experience. He has served on the Crisis Intervention Team and is a K-9 handler.
Jeter also received two Governor’s Awards, a Valor Award, and a Commissioners Commendation.
Jeter was officially promoted to post commander on April 2 after the departure of former post commander Maurice Raines.
A native of Troup County, Jeter graduated from Hogansville High School in 1993 and has spent the majority of his career in public service.
“I’m very fortunate and blessed to be back home in LaGrange,” said Jeter. “My door is always open and the state patrol and I are here to help in any way possible.
With the LaGrange Youth Council in attendance to the meeting, Jeter took a moment to speak about cell phones and the state patrol’s current distracted diving campaign.
“When the new law was passed, I had to control myself as well,” admitted Jeter about texting while driving. “We’re all human, but it’s a major distraction and it’s causing a lot of accidents.”
He also noted that he has stressed to his troopers that not everyone needs a ticket. The goal is just to get people to drive safe.
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SFC Scott Jeter appeals to the crowd to avoid distracted driving.