Donnie O’Neal Saddler promoted to corporal at Georgia State Patrol Post 32 in Athens
Donnie O’Neal Saddler has been promoted to corporal at Georgia State Patrol (GSP) Post 32 in Athens. GSP Athens is responsible for enforcement of traffic laws, crash investigations, and assisting local law enforcement in Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Clarke, and Oconee counties. GSP Athens has 13 sworn personnel. Cpl. Saddler will be assisting with the daily administrative and enforcement duties at the post. Sergeant First Class Scott Andrews is the post commander.
Cpl. Saddler began is his career with the Georgia Department of Public Safety in the Executive Security Division in 2002, where he provided security for both Governor Roy Barnes and Governor Sonny Perdue. Afterwards, Cpl. Saddler attended the 87th Georgia State Patrol Trooper School. While in trooper school, he was elected as the Class President by his fellow cadets. Upon graduation, he was assigned to GSP Athens, GSP Toccoa, and GSP Hartwell.
Currently, Cpl. Saddler is a member of the GSP Peer Support Team, and is assigned to the University of Georgia football detail, where he has served faithfully for the last four years. In 2012, Cpl. Saddler served on the GSP Presidential Inauguration detail in Washington D.C. He is also the recipient of the Outstanding DUI Detection award from Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) for 2010, 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Cpl. Saddler is a native of Elbert County, and a graduate of Elbert County High School. He attended Voorhees College, Middle Georgia College, and Gordon College. Cpl. Saddler began his law enforcement career as a Deputy Sheriff with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office. He also served as a State Ranger for the Department of Natural Resources.
Cpl. Saddler currently resides in Elbert County and is married to Deandra Rucker Saddler. They have two sons, Tysley and Malachi.