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In Touch With Your Dawson County Government

February 2017

All Dawson County Offices will be closed
Monday, February 20, 2017
in observance of President's Day

County Manager David Headley

Another year has passed and a new beginning has taken place. The first month of the New Year has come and now ended. Many associate its coming and going as two ships passing in the night. 

It’s just like when two or more people encounter one another in a transitory, incidental manner but whose relationship is without lasting significance. How many times does this take place as the year ends and another year begins? Every day we meet citizens in-passing without really getting to know them and what their relationship is to Dawson County.

In Dawson County, building permits are up 50% over last year.  GDOT’s new “Continuous Flow Intersection” will open in May, and road work will continue on new bridges and roundabouts to further improve traffic flow. More commercial building plans are coming in to Dawson County for review, as well. Dawson County is now, in a new year, on a fast track forward.

Many of you deal with our citizens on a regular basis and have much to do with how they view our great county. You serve as a beacon that directs their attention to the meaning of our county motto, “Where quality of life matters.” It is you and your commitment to our citizens that will keep Dawson County a home where quality of life matters as we begin to grow in this new year.  With our current leadership, the extraordinary efforts of you, our county employees, and the quality of life that we have here, I’m convinced that as Dawson County grows, quality of life will continue to matter, and will continue to remain high. We will not become transitory, incidental voyage like ships passing in the night. 

Let’s make a difference in the lives of the citizens of Dawson County. Remember to use the gifts you were given to serve others, serve one another humbly, and your work will not be forgotten. 1 Peter 4:10, Galatians 5:13, and Hebrews 6:10

I appreciate all you have done and continue to do to make Dawson County matter to those that already do and those that soon will call it home.

Employee Anniversaries

15 Years

Ken Moss, Marshal

10 Years

Jason Blackwell, Sheriff's Office
Joseph Schultz, Sheriff's Office

5 Years

Donna Bennett, Sheriff's Office
Sharon Fausett, Board of Commissioners
Tammy Loggins, Senior Services
Tom Whalen, Facilities

People on the Move...

New Hires

Nicole Stewart, Tax Commissioner
Chris Gaines, District 2 Commissioner
Patrick Apoian, Investigator, Sheriff's Office
Chad White, Captain, Sheriff's Office
Cory West, FF/EMT, Emergency Services
Anthony Buttram, FF/Paramedic, Emergency Services
Avery Evans, FF/EMT, Emergency Services
Tara Sanderson, Victim Witness Advocate, D.A.'s Office
Christine Riscassi, Magistrate Clerk, Magistrate
Charles Hamrick, Investigator, Sheriff's Office


Kristan Bean, Assistant E911 Director, Sheriff's Office
Katie Moore, Corporal, Sheriff's Office
Johnny Holtzclaw, Lieutenant, Sheriff's Office
Matt Hester, Captain, Sheriff's Office
Brett Parham, Corporal, Sheriff's Office
Ray Goodie, Captain, Sheriff's Office
Theresa Kirby, Lieutenant, Sheriff's Office
Zachary Stewart, Lieutenant, Sheriff's Office
David Lingerfelt, Captain, Sheriff's Office
Lisa Brady, Detention Supervisor, Sheriff's Office
Russell Garrett, Detention Supervisor, Sheriff's Office
Sandra Evans, Executive Assistant, Sheriff's Office


Christopher Archer, Community Risk Reduction Specialist, Emergency Services

Community Connections Workshop

Our first Community Connections Workshop was a success! Mayor Grogan, County Manager David Headley, and Sheriff Jeff Johnson presented community overviews from their respective offices. Guest speaker Tony Passarello shared his thoughts on "What Is Coming Next". The Community Connections Workshop Series will be held quarterly to encourage citizen participation in community affairs. Please plan to join us on Tuesday, April 18th for our next workshop!

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation: Vendors Needed

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

Parks & Recreation

The day is drawing near for soccer field lighting at Rock Creek Park. After many years of planning, installation finally began in December and is nearing completion. The poles have been installed, LED fixtures are in place, control panels are set, and the final phase of connecting to the transformer is in progress. DCPR hopes to be ready to flip the switch on February 1st. Once testing is complete and all poles are functional, we will be set to kick off the Spring soccer season.

Parks & Recreation

Dawson County Parks and Recreation has completed the installation of new batting cages at Rock Creek Park. In addition to the new custom fabricated frame, the cages also have new nets. While installing the new nets at Rock Creek Park our Maintenance Staff installed new cage netting at Veterans Park as well. The batting cages at both parks are now open and ready to use - just in time for spring!

Blood Drive: Monday, February 6th

Board of Elections & Voter Registration

Judge Jennifer Burt swears in new appointee, Dale Holland.

The Board of Elections & Voter Registration is pleased to announce the appointment of our newest board member, Dale Holland. Dale is the second appointee of the Democratic Party to the board, filling the vacancy of Tom Foley, who resigned in November 2016. Dale was sworn in just before January’s meeting, beginning the 2017 year with equal representation. We are excited about this new addition to the board and believe he will be a great asset to Dawson County.

For equal political representation, the Dawson County Board is comprised of five members: two appointed by the Democratic party, two appointed by the Republican party, and the Chair, who by legislation, is the Chief Registrar and is the non-partisan member.

Please join us in welcoming Dale to our team.

Family Connection

Family Connection

Senior Services

Dawson County Senior Services would like to thank all those who participated in our annual Holiday Meal Program for Meals on Wheels.

The center received $4,404.00 in donations to assist with funding for meals delivered to needy home bound clients. Thanks for your continued support of senior services programs.

Historical Society

Click here to download the Historical Society Newsletter.

Dawson County Library: February 2017

For more information, download the Dawson County Library Newsletter or visit the Dawson County Library website.

Information for Veterans

Click here for information regarding meetings across Dawson County, or visit Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 970.

You may also contact:

Wayne Watkins, Chapter President
Dawson Co. Chapter 970

Assistance for Veterans from Georgia Department of Labor

Veteran Services

Welcome to our New Businesses...

New Commercial Business Licensing

Appliances 4 Less - Retail Appliances
240 Dawson Village Way North

K & C Towing - Towing
603 Carlisle Road

Hobby Lobby - Retail Art & Craft Supplies
136 Marketplace Parkway

Premier Surplus - Recycler
12 Nordson Drive

Relax Cigar, Beer & Wine - Retail Cigars, Beer & Wine
240 Dawson Village Way North

Ross Dress for Less - Retail Clothing
136 Marketplace Parkway

Tripp & Company - Retail Jewelry
145 Forest Boulevard

The Joint - Chiropractic Services
145 Forest Boulevard

ZTC Holding - Equipment Repair
8593 Highway 53 West

New Home-Based Business Licensing

A Ability Bail Bonds - Bail Bonds
180 Ingram Drive

BorderLight - Commercial Leasing
95 Sassafras Ridge

From the He"Art" - Crafts
80 Kelly Bridge Road

Experience Claims Service - Home Repair
105 Hickory Nut Trail

Georgia Peachy Clean - Cleaning Service
989 Henry Grady Road

McDaniels Transport - Transport
205 North Seed Tick Road

Howell Parham Agency - Insurance
15 Wake Robin Drive

Mangle Bangle - Jewelry Design
2114 Bayberry Court

Huband House - Interior Design
239 Toto Creek Drive East

Live Oaks Landscapes - Landscaping
620 Spring Ridge Drive