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Walker County Newsletter  Issue 1
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It's our first issue!
Welcome to the first issue of the Walker County Newsletter. While it may not be a "collector's edition," we hope you find the information inside valuable. Each month, the Walker County Newsletter will recap some of the developments you may have missed. We'll also feature updates on ongoing initiatives, animals in need of adoption and upcoming events. If there's something you'd like to see included, send us an e-mail. If you have friends that would like their own copy, ask them to opt in here.

An active start for a new administration!

After taking office January 1st, Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield quickly worked to make his administration more open and transparent. Whitfield scheduled two monthly meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30pm in the Commissioner's Office on Duke Street in LaFayette.

Whitfield actually held 3 meetings in January, including a called meeting to approve a tax anticipation loan to cover millions of dollars in unpaid bills. Agendas for all 3 meetings were posted in advance in the Public Meeting's section of www.walkerga.us. A request for a waiver to move Commissioner meetings to the LaFayette library remains under review by Georgia's Attorney General.

The county's debt load, which remains a moving target, was a popular question among citizens attending Commissioner meetings and public appearances, like the Rotary Club of Lafayette.

The Commissioner remains committed to improving emergency response in the northern end of the county, strengthening codes enforcement and finding funds to pave roads. But first, the Commissioner's Office must be brought into compliance. Job descriptions and responsibilities are being created for all county workers, an employee handbook is being drafted, and payroll procedures modernized.

Next Walker County Commissioner's Meeting: Thursday February 23rd at 6:30pm
Commissioner's Office • 101 South Duke Street • LaFayette, Georgia 30728
Employment Opportunities
Welcome Aboard
Walker County welcomed several new employees in January. Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director Blake Hodge, County Clerk Rebecca Wooden, Public Relations Director Joe Legge, Human Resources Director Sharleen Robinson, County Attorney Robin Rogers and Ag & Civic Center Director Jeff Wright started work. Despite the creation of two new positions, Commissioner Whitfield trimmed over $600,000 from the county's payroll.
See the litter crew in action
Ongoing Initiatives
Commissioner Whitfield made litter clean up an early priority after taking office. Our litter crew has been picking up trash along Mission Ridge Rd, West Garden Farm Rd, Old Osborn Rd, Kemp Rd, Washington St., Garretts Chapel Rd., Round Pond Rd., Simmons Tawzer Rd., Harp Switch Rd., East Reed Rd., North Sherry, East Sherry & West Sherry. Please think twice before throwing trash out of your vehicle.
Visit our facebook page
Communication Corner
Last month, Walker County launched several features to improve communication with the public. We added a facebook page, Youtube channel, and made several updates to our web site. You can find daily posts on government functions on facebook, video of Commissioner Meetings on Youtube, and the complete agenda packet for Commissioner Meetings on www.walkerga.us.
Help End Petlessness
Meet Rooster, aka B132. He's a young adult black merle Catahoula Leopard mix dog. He likes to eat chicken, pretty much any kind at any time of day. With that in mind, he's not recommended for farm life. Rooster appears to be a sweet, loving dog and would make a fine companion for the experienced dog family. For adoption information, contact the Walker County Animal Shelter at 706-375-2100 between 10:00am and 4:00pm Monday through Friday or 8:00am and 1:00pm on Saturday.
Coming next month: A profile on the Walker State Prison Fire Crew
Take a short tour of renovation work at the Rossville Public Library. When the library reopens this Spring, it will feature study rooms, LED lighting, USB charging stations in the teen center, and a coffee bar among other new additions. While work continues, you can visit the library's temporary location at the Rossville Athletic Center, 301 Williams Street, Rossville, GA.
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