Welcome to the Covered Bridge City

Euharlee Police Department


Jody Matthews, Police Chief

Chief Jody Matthews started his position with the City of Euharlee in June 2019. Jody joined the United States Army straight out of high school where he served for six years as a Cavalry Scout and Paratrooper.

Jody has been married for 23 years to his high school sweetheart Jamie. They have three children; daughter Morgan, son Connor, and son Carson. They are active with Boy Scouts, where Jody serves as an Assistant Scout Master with Troop 17 in Aragon, GA. 

Jody spent the last 17 years with the Powder Springs Police Department, where he served in multiple capacities, to include; Patrol Officer, Motor Unit, SWAT, Detective, Patrol Sergeant, Patrol Lieutenant, and Division Commander. Jody is a POST Senior Instructor, and holds Specialized Certifications in Speed Detection, Firearms, Taser, and Standardized Field Sobriety Test Instructor.

Chief Matthews can be reached at 770-386-7339 or jmatthews@euharlee.com. 

Message from Chief Matthews:

“I am excited and proud to serve as your Chief of Police in the City of Euharlee. The things that motivate me to serve in Law Enforcement are Community and Service. I believe, with my whole heart, in the motto “Protect and Serve”. We will be involved with the community. We will be involved in the schools. We will serve our community with respect and professionalism. We will make mistakes, and we will be held accountable for those mistakes, but we will overcome them and learn from them together, as long as we have honesty and integrity. I am here to be a part of a team of great police officers that serve YOU and protect YOU, day and night. All of this is reflected in our Mission Statement, which states:  

The Euharlee Police Department will Serve and Protect through dedication, professionalism, active cooperation with the community and respect for human rights and dignity.”


Allen McNelis, Lieutenant

Lieutenant Allen McNelis began his service at the city of Euharlee in January 2015 where he served as an officer, was promoted to Sergeant, and is now the current Administration Bureau Commander. 

Lieutenant McNelis has been married to his best friend Kim for 22 years; They have one daughter, Jennifer. 

Lieutenant McNelis is a POST Certified Adjunct Instructor, and holds Specialized Certifications in Taser, Speed Detection, Crimes Against Children, and Supervision. He is also a part of the GBI ICAC Taskforce where he holds multiple certifications.

Lt. McNelis can be reached at 770-386-7339 or amcnelis@euharlee.com.


Cliff Yeager, Lieutenant

Lieutenant Cliff Yeager began his service to the city of Euharlee in February 2019 where he is now the current Field Operations Bureau Commander. Cliff married his college sweetheart, Erica, and they share 2 children: CJ and Blakeley. Cliff’s law enforcement career has spanned over 20 years where he has served at city, county, and state levels. He holds Supervisory and Management certificates from the Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council, is a state certified Chief Executive Officer, a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Law Enforcement Executive Development program, and a 2015 graduate of Northwestern University’s National Police Staff and Command Executive Command College. Cliff holds specialized Instructor certifications in Firearms & Taser, and has attained his Senior Level Instructor certification from the Georgia Peace Officer’s Standards and Training Council. 

Lt. Yeager can be reached at 770-386-7339 or cyeager@euharlee.com.

How Can We Help?

The Euharlee Police Department’s focus is to protect and serve our citizens with a high level of integrity by utilizing a community policing philosophy. Striving for excellence in all they do, becoming less incident driven and more proactive in preventing crime, and maintaining the safety of all Euharlee citizens are the Police Department's most important responsibilities.

The Police Department is located at 30 Burge's Mill Road. The office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm. The EPD office number is 770-386-7339.

In the event of an emergency, please call 911. If you need police assistance but do not have an emergency, you can all our non-emergency line: 770-387-5195.


Join the Euharlee Citizens Policy Academy

Take a modified version of the standard, basic mandate course required for certification of law enforcement officers! You will receive a realistic view of the day-to-day activities of an officer and the training they must complete to gain police certification in the State of Georgia. 

The 2023 Citizens Academy was hosted on Thursday nights from 6:30pm - 9:00pm, from March 9th - May 11th. See the full flyer here. The next Citizens Academy is scheduled for Spring 2024.

To apply, please download the application here, and email back to sslay@euharlee.com. You may also drop it off at City Hall between the hours of 8:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Thursday.

Want to work for the Euharlee Police Department? Check out our current job openings.