Chief Magistrate Judge Jeff Lowe
Judge Jeff Lowe is a lifelong resident of Lumpkin County, where he attended and graduated from the Lumpkin County School System. He is a graduate of the Northeast Georgia Police Academy in Athens, Georgia, and has taken many advanced courses dealing with bankruptcy, Pro Se litigants (citizens representing themselves), abandoned motor vehicles, civil discoveries, public outreach, family violence, warrants, and civil process. He is very active in the community, as well as many organizations, including the Masonic Lodge Fraternity Blue Lodge #38, the Order of Eastern Star #333, the Dispute Resolution Mediation board, and serves on the Family Violence and the Child Abuse Protocol for the Enotah Circuit. He is the past-president of the Dahlonega/Lumpkin County Jaycees, the past-President of the Georgia Jailers Association, and has served 2 terms as the Ninth District Representative on the Magistrate Council of Georgia.
Kathi Haney comes to the Magistrate Court from a prosecutorial background. After graduating from high school with honors at age 17, she was the youngest secretary ever hired by the State Attorneys Office in Duval County, Jacksonville, Florida. After four years, Kathi left the State Attorneys Office to marry and start a family. In 1981, she decided it would be better for her children to stay at home and raise them after 10 months of working with the State Attorneys Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 1989, after moving to Alpharetta, Georgia, Kathi entered back into the workforce for Fulton County Board of Education as a school bus driver/trainer. In 2000, after a devastating house fire, Kathi's family decided to move forward their plans to move to Dahlonega. After learning of the available opening at the Magistrate's office "quite by accident", Kathi considers herself one of the happiest employed individuals in Lumpkin County. Her interest include, softball, butterfly and vegetable gardening, and her three beautiful granddaughters.
Team worker, Janette Turner, began working in the Clerk of Courts office in the Civil Magistrate division in January 2003. She transferred to the Magistrate office in January 2006. As a customer service reporesentative for ten years for a large manufacturing plant, this experience enables her to recognize that some problems and issues in life may need to be addressed by the Magistrate Court. Janette's leisure time is usually spent with her husband of 35 years and 2 sons whom are very involved in auto racing. She also enjoys time spent with her 3 grandchildren and doing outside activities. Her main objective in the Magistrate Office is to be a dependable and supportive employee in all aspects of the Court.