TIFTON —Tifton native and current Magistrate Judge Bryan Cavenaugh has announced that he will be seeking the position of chief magistrate in the upcoming May 19 election, according to a press release.
Cavenaugh was nominated to the position of magistrate judge by Chief Magistrate Mark York and appointed to the position by the Judges of the Superior Court in 2011, 2013, and 2017, the release states.
Cavenaugh is a 1991 graduate of Tift County High School and received an Associate of Science Degree in criminal justice from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in 1995. He obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in criminal justice from Liberty University in 2010.
After graduating from ABAC, Cavenaugh began his career with the Tift County Sheriff’s Office as a transport officer for a year before joining the Tifton Police Department as a Patrolman. While working at the Tifton Police Department, Cavenaugh earned his intermediate, advanced, supervision, management, and instructor certificates from the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council of Georgia. He also graduated from Columbus State University’s professional management program. Most of his time spent at the Tifton Police Department was as a criminal investigator. At the time of his appointment to the Magistrate Court he held the rank of sergeant in the Criminal Investigation Division, the release states.
As a magistrate judge for the last nine years Cavenaugh has been involved in thousands of cases, both criminal and civil, the release states.
Cavenaugh implemented an electronic warrant system for local and state law enforcement agencies at no cost to the taxpayers.
“We were able to use the existing software and work with our provider to get this done,”said Cavenaugh in the release. Now law enforcement officers do not need to come to the magistrate’s office every time they need an arrest warrant. What once took 30-45 minutes now takes 1o, the release states..
Cavenaugh has been elected by the judges of 27 Magistrate Courts located in South West Georgia to represent them as their 2nd District Representative on the Georgia Council of Magistrate Court Judges for two consecutive terms. He is also on the faculty of the Institute of Continuing Judicial Education and regularly gives lectures to judges in all classes of Courts throughout the State of Georgia. Cavenaugh also serves as a mentor judge and trains newly elected or appointed magistrates and assist them as needed.
“I just love this job. I appreciate Judge York having the confidence in me nine years ago to nominate me and I pray the citizens of Tift County have the confidence in me to stay as chief magistrate.” said Cavenaugh in the release.
Cavenaugh is married to his wife Michele and they have four children, Charlie, Ben, Beth, and John Michael, all who attend Tift County Schools.