Funeral services have been scheduled for Lt. Bob McMahan, a 23-year veteran of the Hall County Sheriff's Office, who was instrumental in setting up the SWAT team for the department.
"Lt. Bob McMahan was a true leader. I remember his gruff surface demeanor, but it was just one of many tools he used as an excellent teacher and leader in our department,” Hall County Sheriff Couch said in a written statement.
"The Lt. was known as someone you could count on. Department leadership would frequently go to him with difficult tasks because they knew he’d tackle them with success. Perhaps his greatest achievement in the Sheriff’s Office was how he served his colleagues. He was a brother, father figure, advisor and counselor to many. I had so much respect for him that I requested his old badge number years ago when he was promoted."
McMahan began his service with Hall County in 1973 as a patrolman. He retired in 1996 as a lieutenant who was a watch supervisor.
McMahan died Tuesday, Dec. 4 at the age of 85.
Funeral services for McMahan will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7 in the chapel of Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville.