Judge Chase Daughtrey was elected in 2008 at the age of 26 and was the youngest Probate Court Judge in the State of Georgia.
Chase graduated from Cook County High School in 2000. He then enrolled at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College where he earned an Associates Degree. After graduation, Chase attended Kennesaw State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. During college, Chase severed as an intern to United State Senator Zell Miller and State Representative Jay Roberts. While Attending Abraham Baldwin College, Governor Sonny Perdue appointed Chase to serve on the HOPE Scholarship Committee as a representative of the students of the University System of Georgia.
Chase served for years as a State Field Representative to United States Senator Johnny Isakson in Atlanta, GA. In 2006, he served as Gary Black’s Campaign Manager in his bid for Commissioner of Agriculture. Chase also served as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Georgia House of Representatives serving Majority Leader Jerry Keen at the State Capitol for two years.
Since taking office in 2009, Chase has revamped the office by creating a new system to manage funds that flow through the court, leading the effort to make local elections non-partisan, hiring a Solicitor and Public Defender for traffic and misdemeanor cases in the probate court thus reducing the caseload in superior court without any cost to the taxpayer, imposed a technology fee to offset costs for equipment and maintenance, and made mental health a priority for the court.
Chase currently serves on the Board of Directors for Tift Regional Health System and Renasant Bank. Governor Brian Kemp appointed him to serve on the Board of Commissioners for the Probate Judges Retirement Fund. He also serves on the State Bar of Georgia’s Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Adel Industrial Development Authority.
In 2013, he was named as one of Georgia’s Top 40 under 40 by Georgia Trend Magazine. In 2014, he was named Judge of the Year by the Council of Probate Judges. He is also a graduate of the 2014 class of Leadership Georgia. In 2020, he was named Cook County Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce.
He has two children, Cranford and Keaton, and they reside in Lenox, Georgia.