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MARSHAL BUREAU – “To Protect & Serve” 

Chairman’s Introduction 

The Marshal Bureau is an integral part of Paulding County government.  It is a very important component in our overall law enforcement of numerous ordinances.  We demand the best from our personnel and maintain an aggressive approach to training and educational programs that prepare these employees to achieve their specialized jobs.  

Chief Trevor Hess – Leads the Charge  

On September 11, 1989, the Paulding County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to establish a new law enforcement agency, The Paulding County Marshal Bureau.  On October 15, 1989, the Marshal Bureau was effectively certified by the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council as a law enforcement agency as defined in O.C.G.A. Section 35-8-1.

The Paulding County Marshal Bureau is charged with the responsibility of protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Paulding County and as such, is authorized to enact and enforce ordinances governing Paulding County departments.   The Board of Commissioners enacted the county code of ordinances in 1987 for the unincorporated area of Paulding County that subsequently provided for the creation and duties of the Marshal Bureau.

The Marshal Bureau consists of ten sworn Deputies and one Administrative assistant, which are divided into separate divisions within the Bureau; the Patrol Division’s primary function responds to and enforces citizen ordinance complaints.  The Patrol Division is also very pro-active in litter enforcement.   The Marshal Bureau has joined forces with Keep Paulding Beautiful and the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office to create the Trash Task Force. This helps in keeping Paulding County litter free. 

The Administrative and alcohol divisions consist of the Chief Marshal, a Lieutenant (chief’s designee), an administrative assistant and two Deputies.  The Chief and Lieutenant oversee the daily functions of the Marshal Bureau with the assistance of the Administrative assistant. The administrative assistant is the first line of contact for citizens needing assistance in ordinance related matters.  The two Deputies in the alcohol division are tasked with regulating and issuing the malt beverage, wine and liquor by the drink licenses for establishments that serve and sell alcohol in the unincorporated areas of Paulding County.   This includes the enforcement of violations of any alcohol related county ordinances. The Marshal Bureau is also over our Paulding County Animal Control.

In addition to duties mentioned above, the Marshal Bureau also functions the security agency for the Board of Commissioners at the Paulding County Administration building.  The Marshal Bureau provides security at board of commissioners meetings and other official meetings of the Paulding County government at the Board of Commissioner’s request.  

Recognizing God’s rich blessings!

Dave Carmichael

Commission Chairman, Paulding County

MAY 2021


April 2021


MARCH 2021

COVID-19 Testing 

Hello Paulding Countians!  With all the turmoil politically in our nation and uptick in COVID cases recently, I am glad to report that Paulding County employees, staff, Department Heads, and your BOC, (Board of Commissioners), are working hard to complete multiple tasks that will add to your Quality of Life!

Regarding the COVID-19 virus, Paulding County has given space to the Paulding County Health Department to conduct testing at the Paulding Meadows Park; however, as of February 22nd this testing location will be closed to allow more medical personnel to administer the shots/vaccines.  Of course, citizens have multiple options to be tested:   WellStar Hospital, Urgent Cares, Pop-up Sites, Dr.’s offices and Physician & Immediate Cares. Vaccine quantities are being received at a reasonable rate to handle the rate of scheduled citizens but quantities received do vary from week to week.  We are still in Phase 1A+ covering medical personnel, first responders, people 65 and older, and caregivers for older citizens.  Persons who have received the first shot will be given priority to get the second shot!  

In Paulding County, the Health Department can be contacted at 770-443-7881; persons are reminded to be patient and persistent when attempting to contact this facility to be added to the wait list.  Persons are also reminded that this is a wait list registry for you to be notified when an appointment for the vaccine is available; this could be days or weeks depending on vaccine supply and personnel. The Paulding County Health Department is currently administering around 400 vaccines per day.  WellStar is also giving more than a hundred vaccines per day. 

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave Carmichael, Commission Chairman Paulding County


COVID-19 Testing & Vaccines and Grand Openings

COVID – 19 

Hello Paulding Countians!  With all the turmoil politically in our nation and uptick in COVID cases recently, I am glad to report that Paulding County employees, staff, Department Heads, and your BOC, (Board of Commissioners), are working hard to complete multiple tasks and that will add to your Quality of Life!

Regarding the COVID-19 virus, Paulding County has given space to the Paulding County Health Department to conduct testing at the Paulding Meadows Park. You may follow Paulding County Health Department on social media or check the Paulding County website at for a testing schedule. 

In Paulding County, the Health Department can be contacted at 770-443-7881; persons are reminded to be patient and persistent when attempting to contact this facility to be added to the wait list.  Persons are also reminded that this is a wait list registry for you to be notified when an appointment for the vaccine is available; this could be days or weeks depending on vaccine supply and personnel. The Paulding County Health Department is currently administering 370 vaccines per day.  Wellstar is also giving more than a hundred vaccines per day. 

Grand Openings 

Interroll Photos_ext (13)

In some exciting news, some near term openings include the Interroll Corporation opening their new 125,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility where they are the world headquarters making roller systems and conveyors for postal service, airports, the food and beverage industry, fashion, automotive sectors, and many other manufacturing industries. Among the company’s end users are leading brands such as Amazon, Bosch, Coca-Cola, DHL, Nestlé, Procter & Gamble, Siemens, Walmart and Zalando.


Greystone has opened their three support/maintenance buildings on December 11, 2020 and moved into their new Headquarters building on January 29, 2021.


Richland Creek Reservoir will be “full pool” August 2021. Water treatment plant systems are going through startup and are expected to begin treating water in February 2021. After a successful demonstration period to our State water regulators, we expect to begin distributing clean, purified water this spring. The reservoir will be available for passive water sports, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking this Spring.

Costco Warehouse will open on January 29 for gasoline sales.  Then, on March 11, the retail store will open for the full measure of their products. 

Braly Turf Field photo

Also, please enjoy the relatively new Braly Turf Athletic Field at the Braly Complex.  We are getting a lot more playing time and use of these fields due to your support of SPLOST (SPECIAL Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), a penny tax on every dollar spent in Paulding County! 


Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave Carmichael, Commission Chairman Paulding County 

tuesday january 5, 2021


Monday December 7, 2020





tuesday september 30, 2020

Landfill/Transfer Station/Recycle Division

Chairman’s Introduction

Most of you know Paulding County has an inert landfill, a transfer station, and a recycling center, all collocated at 75 County Services Lane in Dallas!  It is a solid waste  disposal  facility.  Our facility is regulated by both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and by Georgia Environmental Departments. 

Paulding County has five certified landfill operators!  These employees have achieved a perfect 100 score on their last three inspections by the State of Georgia! 

Georgia is also responsible for permitting trash disposal facilities. Permitting rules determine the Paulding County Landfill design, operations, and allowable waste streams offered to county residents. 

A transfer station is a building or processing site for the temporary deposition of waste, often called Waste Transfer Stations, or Material Transfer stations and are often used as places where local waste collection vehicles will deposit their waste cargo prior to loading into larger vehicles. These larger vehicles will transport the waste to the end of disposal in a landfill facility.

The facility continually provides exceptional service to the Paulding County & surrounding counties residents. During the first 6 months of 2020 while the county (and country) had to shut down due to COVID 19, the Landfill/Transfer station stayed open as “essential workers”. During this time, the crew continued to offer excellent service to Paulding County residents and in fact increased the amount of residents that came through the facility.


Recycling is the process of converting waste materials into new materials and objects. The recyclability of a material depends on its ability to reacquire the properties it had in original state.  

Citizens are encouraged to be environmentally responsible and recycle: 

Aluminum cans, cell phones/computers (no monitors), cardboard, glass (household only), magazines, mixed paper, motor oil, plastics #1 only, steel cans, vehicle batteries, and tires with a disposal fee of $5 per tire for passenger tires and $7 per tire for truck tires. (Additional $1 per tire for rims).



“We are always greeted with friendly smiles and given assistance unloading re­cycling from the vehicle.”

“I dropped off 16 bags of recycling. The workers greeted us with friendly smiles and helped us unload the car. I am very impressed with how sweet the men were. As soon as they got the recyclables, they began sorting and making sure, they were up to par! I am very encouraged and can’t wait to recycle more” 

“Very pleasant experience! The operations manager I believe he said his name was Tommy helped me himself. Excellent run facility great service”

“Very friendly staff that will assist you with your recyclables. Also, this facility recycles glass which is a huge plus considering some surrounding counties offer limited locations (if any) to recycle household glass.”

“The attendants at this recycling center are nothing short of wonderful to deal with.”

“Workers are always pleasant & eager to help unload recyclables from your car. Convenient location and hours for me.


The vision of Keep Paulding Beautiful is to create an atmosphere of cooperation and to lead by example in our community. KPB inspires and educates in order to show our neighbors that we live, play and work in a community that is clean. We take pride in who we are and where we live. We, as a community, are better and stronger than we are as individuals. Our goal at KPB is to recognize and invite everyone to be a part of the “solution” and not part of the “problem”. 

Highlights from July 2019-June 2020

  • Keep America Beautiful Presidents Circle Award
  • Keep Georgia Beautiful Foundation Governors Circle Award
  • Volunteers-555, Volunteer Hours-1633, Participants 3110
  • Chipper Event- 632 trees Paper Shred Event – 16,209 lbs.
  • Educational presentations-15

Organizations that KPB has working relationship

  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Tourism Committee
  • Dallas Farmers Market
  • Master Gardeners
  • UGA Extension
  • 4 H Club
  • Paulding NW Airport
  • Paulding Enterprises
  • Georgia Highlands College
  • Chattahoochee Tech
  • City of Dallas
  • City of Hiram
  • Parks & Rec
  • Paulding Libraries
  • DOT
  • Marshal's Office
  • Helping Hands
  • BOC Touch A Truck---Rides for Wishes
  • Paulding Fine Arts
  • Paulding County Schools
  • STEM Programs Extracurricular
  • Boy & Girls Scouts
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • ADS
  • New Season Church
  • Walmart
  • Target            
  • Happy Hog BBQ
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Cheeseburger Bobby’s
  • Chick Fil A
  • Vintage 242 Church
  • Westridge Church
  • Stevi B’s Pizza
  • Explorers
  • Paulding County Senior Center
  • Kelly Landscape
  • Elrod’s Garden Center
  • Dallas New era
  • Our Town Magazine
  • GreenCo Landscaping
  • Publix
  • Kroger
  • Sam’s
  • Lowe’s
  • Home Depot
  • City of Dallas Merchants Association

Chairman’s Summary

I am very proud of the service and plain old hard work that our Solid Waste Disposal facility and Keep Paulding Beautiful provides…where would we be without them?  

Paulding County has been approved for two additional Transfer Stations.   Our staff is currently discussing future strategy and location to better serve County and citizen needs.  MORE INFORMATION to follow.

Recognizing God’s rich blessing,

Dave Carmichael, Commission Chairman, Paulding County 



Chairman Carmichael - PNV - 08-2020


Your SPLOST Dollars at Work


SPLOST is defined as Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.  This is a .01 sales tax voted on in Paulding for special projects related to several different county departments.  A portion of this sales tax is used to fund all Parks and Recreation related capital improvement projects.


The Chairman and full Board of Commissioners are very proud of our Parks, the Recreational Opportunities they offer, the great libraries and a competent, resourceful staff that keeps the System going. 

The following report is from Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Director Michael Justus: 

The Paulding County Board of Commissioners recently approved the construction of two synthetic turf fields at the Braly Sports Complex.  The project will cost $1,139,839 and is already underway.  The construction will be paid for with SPLOST dollars allocated to Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs capital improvement projects.   The contract was awarded to Advanced Sports Group and Shaw Sports Turf and work on the project began in late May.

The Braly Sports Complex was built many years ago on an old county landfill.  As such, there have been issues over the years with drainage and settling.  By approving this project, these two major areas are being addressed by installing a new drainage system with the fields.  The settling issues are being corrected with the use of soil cement, hardening the ground below to prevent future issues of the same kind.

These two fields will have markings for both soccer and lacrosse and can be used by multiple age groups.  This is the second synthetic turf project for Paulding County, following the construction of a field at Burnt Hickory Park designated for the Department’s Adaptive Recreation programs. 

Weather permitting; this project is on schedule to be completed by the end of July 2020.

In addition to the construction of the synthetic turf fields at the Braly Sports Complex, there are a couple more SPLOST improvement projects on the immediate schedule for the Department.

The multi-purpose field at Burnt Hickory Park will be getting new lights that are also funded through SPLOST.  This project was approved by the Board of Commissioners and awarded to Musco Lighting.  Materials are being delivered to the site beginning on June 17, 2020.  Construction is scheduled for completion within the next several weeks.

The tennis courts at Burnt Hickory Park are scheduled to be resurfaced over the summer.  This project will include sealing all cracks and a new surface for all four courts.  In addition, net posts will be repainted and new nets will be installed.

High Shoals Falls Park will be receiving new boundary fencing in the very near future.  This area has become very popular with visitors.  So much so, in fact, that boundary fencing is required to make sure visitors stay on County property and not venture onto private property.  The boundary lines have been identified and fence work should begin with the next month.   The Department asks visitors to be respectful of property lines while enjoying a visit down to the falls.


Michael Justus, Director – BS in Municipal and Community Recreation, West Georgia College.  Paulding County employee for 23 years.

Shay Beavers, Administrative Assistant - Paulding County employee for 15 years

Alex Wilson, Assistant Director – BS in Sports Management, University of West Georgia.  Paulding County employee for 7 years.

Tim Alls, Superintendent of Athletics.  Paulding County employee for 10 years.

Vickie Williams, Superintendent of Programs.  Paulding County employee for 25 years.

Eddie Smith, Superintendent of Parks.  Paulding County employee for 24 years.


Recognizing God’s rich blessings,

Dave Carmichael

Commission Chairman, Paulding County 

wednesday MARCH 18, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) PLANS and ACTIONS

Paulding County Citizens,

Greetings during a very difficult, unparalleled time in Paulding County history plus Georgia, the United States of America, and beyond!  We will get through this and be stronger to confront challenges in our future.  You are aware of President Trump’s and Governor Kemp’s guidance and in some cases, their Constitutionally authorized executive orders!

At the County level, we have also taken judicious steps to address the health safety concerns of our citizens and employees.  The following measures have been implemented:

  • The Administration Building at 240 Constitution Boulevard, Dallas GA, is closed for personal (face-to-face) dealings.  You may contact the offices via phone, email, or conduct internet services/transactions.
  • All County parks facilities are closed which includes restrooms.
  • The Paulding County senior center is closed.
  • All County libraries have been closed.
  • The Water Department has closed their lobby and will conduct business at drive through windows or on-line.
  • The Sheriff’s Office lobby is closed.
  • All non-essential meetings are rescheduled to a later date.

Important phone numbers:

Emergency                       911

Non-Emergency/BOC      (678) 224-4011

County Administration   (678) 224-4022

Marshal                            (770) 443-9768

In conclusion, my fellow citizens, we are “sailing in uncharted territory”!  We are in this together.  These are uncertain times and people are concerned!  It is important to remember that the overall personal risk is low.  We must remain calm, thoughtful, and respectful.  Mitigation of exposure and calculated control are critically important now to minimize health and economic impacts.


Recognizing God’s rich blessing,




monday february 3, 2020


Thursday JANUARY 2, 2020

I hope you and your families enjoyed a wonderful Holiday Season! The Silver Comet drop, the first ever, was fun in downtown Dallas, GA. It is great to bring in A-Brand-New-Year with family & friends right here in our very own County…not in downtown Atlanta or some other city!

We have another first that the Board of Commissioners is glad to announce – the decision of a great shopping/retail establishment that you have all come to know as the premier place to fulfill our shopping needs! Costco Wholesale is an awesome store, with awesome products, run by awesome employees, led by awesome managers! Costco is a “Top of the Line” retail experience providing sales from food to clothing to a new automobile or Bahama cruise!

The Board of Commissioners and our Paulding County staff have labored long and hard to provide the collaborative planning and organization necessary with Costco’s management, engineers, and realtors to successfully close the deal. We(the Board of Commissioners) are grateful to Costco Wholesale Corporation for expanding to Paulding County, which will provide to our citizens and the surrounding region one of the largest and most exclusive product category selections to be found under a single roof!

Please join us at the Costco building location, just east of Gerber Collision & Glass, 1577 Charles Hardy Parkway, at 11:00AM on January 30th, 2020 for the official ground breaking ceremony!

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,


WEDNESDAY january 1, 2020

January 2020 - Bringing in the New Year with anticipation…that we will exceed-our 2019’s wonderful accomplishments!

Happy New Year fellow citizens of Paulding County!  I trust you are living up to your New Year’s resolutions. I have followed through limiting my ice cream consumption to ONLY 4 nights per week.

Before we get too far into 2020, I want to acknowledge the many achievements of 2019.  Our TEAM PAULDING staff has excelled on many fronts to accomplish multiple goals.  From the list of 57 completed tasks, here are 20 of the best!

  • TEAM Paulding (united BOC and Staff)
  • Costco confirmed for a late 2020 opening
  • “Continued to move forward on site planning and design for the future Aviation Maintenance Academy at the Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport.”
  • Upgrade Law Enforcement/Public Safety Retirement Plan  
  • Sheriff Office, Board of Education, Board of Commissioners collaboration on school Vaping issue and Alcohol Drug Awareness Program presentations.
  • Special needs/Multi-purpose turf field at Burnt Hickory Park
  • Veterans Monument relocated to Veteran’s Park
  • Sewer infrastructure for Baker Bridge – Ridge Road
  • Opening of Mulberry Rock Park
  • Groundbreaking for Greystone Headquarters on Hwy 92
  • Conducted 6 elections
  • Constructed a new Drug Task Force Building
  • Completed 24/7 capability for Business Applications.
  • State of the Art Information Technology Equipment installed in the new jail
  • We now have Enhanced Wireless 9-1-1 Call Location Data
  • Implemented the use of new voting machines
  • Extending sewer infrastructure to Hwy 92 South and Bill Carruth Parkway
  • Sold Atlanta Film Studio to Swirl Productions
  • Interroll acquired all of Commerce Park and expanding with the construction of a 125,000 square foot building.
  • Received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting
  • Began filling the Richland Creek Reservoir plus utilization of North – South trunk line for water distribution.
  • “In collaboration with the EDO, Economic Development Organization, revised the Bylaws and Standard Operating Procedures, also hiring Michael Hughes as the Executive Director.” 

The Board of Commissioners is working hard together for you to enhance the quality of life of all Paulding Countians.  Simultaneously, we are collaborating with the Industrial Business Authority, the Paulding County Airport Authority, the Economic Development Organization, and the Chamber of Commerce.  Together, we will bring progress to Paulding County! Set sail with us for a prosperous New Year!

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,


tuesday december 3, 2019


Christmas poem borrowed from Clement Clark Moore:

“Twas the night before Christmas” 

    And all through the County, 

Citizens were sleeping 

   Awaiting Santa’s bounty! 

Public Safety was stirring, 

    911 was on call 

To dispatch a firetruck, 

   No emergency too small! 

“The children were nestled 

     All snug in their rack”, 

Knowing our Deputy or Marshal 

    Was covering their back!

YES, if a Paulding County resident is in need of help whether it’s Christmas, the Holidays, or anytime of the year, you can be certain a 911 Communications Officer will get the Law Enforcement resource needed to cover the problem or emergency! 

Saint Luke wrote: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace, good will toward men & women”.  In my view, “Peace on earth” is part of the mission of our Public Safety entities: the Sheriff’s Office, 911, the Fire Department, and the Marshal – to keep the peace. THANK YOU PUBLIC SAFETY! “Good will toward men & women” is the purpose of the Board of Commissioners and all County employees.  We extend good will by serving Paulding Countians in helpful and meaningful actions/ways that fulfill our job descriptions! We do not serve begrudgingly, but with joy and good tidings to ALL.  THANK YOU PAULDING COUNTY EMPLOYEES!

NOT ONLY does our Sheriff’s Office cover our back, they also host “Cops for Kids” to bless children with Christmas gifts they would otherwise NOT receive!  THANK YOU SHERIFF’S OFFICE!

Many County departments adopt a family or families when the parents are recently unemployed and at a time of great need.  THANK YOU PAULDING COUNTY DEPARTMENTS!

Paulding County is blessed to have numerous churches and 501© 3’s that step up with gifts, food, clothing, and toys to reflect and celebrate the GIFT of God’s son, JESUS, to us. THANK YOU CHURCHES and THANK YOU CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS!

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son that whoever believes in Him should NOT perish, but have eternal life!” On behalf of the County and Board of Commissioners. 


Recognizing God’s rich blessings,


wednesday november 6, 2019

Recognizing Our Blessings

As we give thanks for the many blessings that are bestowed upon us, I am also grateful for exciting growth and the positive effects the    ensuing change brings to our community! Some folks are more excited about GROWTH than other folks…EXCITED or NOT, growth is occurring and I think it is better to embrace the change and concentrate on “growing well!”  Paulding County is projected to be a quarter of a million people by 2030!  What I mean by GROWING WELL is our Board of Commissioners, in concert with other county decision makers at the School Board, Industrial Building Authority, Airport Authority, Economic Development Organization, Dallas City Council, Hiram City Council, and Chamber of Commerce work together to position Paulding County with the necessary services, infrastructure, and economic development (Jobs) opportunities to give rise to enjoyable lifestyles and happy Paulding Countians!

For example, County leaders of the past recognized we could no longer depend on outside sources for our water supply!  What is more important than clean potable water?  We know that having access to reliable safe drinking water is ESSENTIAL!

The remainder of this article will focus on our solution - the Richland Creek Reservoir (RCR) Water Supply Program!  Over 300 Paulding Countians have visited the Reservoir through multiple RCR field trips provided by the Board of Commissioners and the Paulding City Water Department.  I hope you were able to make one of these trips! 

The GREAT NEWS: the Reservoir is almost finished and the 305-acre Reservoir is soon to be filled!  Hallelujah! Efforts began in 1999 with applications to the Corps of Engineers and other state and federal requests for support and funding.  The permit was finally granted in October 2015.  THANK YOU Chairmen’s Bill Carruth, Jerry Shearin and David Austin.  You “kept the ball rolling,” and worked back-to-back to get the results needed!  The various components of this supply program are designed to work together to ultimately deliver up to 36 million gallons per day of drinking water to Paulding County residents and businesses!  Implementation to reach this future capacity will be phased over time as water demands increase to keep the investments affordable.  Over $200 million is being invested in the project, the largest capital investment of any project in Paulding County history!

Coinciding with reservoir and dam construction by Brad Cole Construction Company, Croy Engineering collaborated with Garney Construction to complete the Raw Water Pipeline, which will bring the new, clean water to the existing distribution system through 48-inch diameter steel pipe, the largest steel pipeline project in Georgia this year, which will “bring it on home” to you!  Croy Engineering and Garney Construction were able to find significant cost savings and finish their work 7 months early!  Therefore, this massive program to finish the Richland Creek Reservoir will change Paulding County forever!  It has been necessary to secure our future water supply!

In closing, I am very thankful for the hard work done by the Paulding County Water Department, the entire staff and hard workers in the field who are on call 24 hours a day to address our clean water needs.  I am very grateful for clean healthy water.  May all Paulding Countians have the best, blessed Thanksgiving ever!

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,






Calling All Paulding Countians

 to be 


Shape Your Future

With The 2020 CENSUS

            Paulding County is gearing up for the 2020 Census.  The U.S. Constitution requires a census every 10 years; the first census took place in 1790. The census counts every person living in the U.S. once, and only once, and confirms your place of residence. Data from the census provide the basis for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to communities across the country to support vital programs-impacting housing, education, transportation, employment, health care and public policy.  They also are used to redraw the boundaries of congressional and state legislative districts and accurately determine the number of congressional seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.

            Responding to the census is not only your civic duty: it also affects the amount of funding your community receives, how your community plans for the future and your representation in government.  Let us make sure we are counted in Paulding, so we do not miss these important benefits. 

            The next census will take place in 2020. Beginning in mid-March, people will receive a notice in the mail to complete the 2020 Census. Once you receive it, you can respond online.  In May, the U.S. Census Bureau will begin following up in person with households that have not responded to the census.  In 2020, for the first time ever, the Census Bureau will accept responses online and by phone. Responding should take less time than it takes to finish your morning coffee. If you choose, you can still respond by mail.

            Your information is safe and secure.  The decennial census will collect basic information about the people living in your household. When completing the census, you should count everyone who is living in your household on April 1, 2020.  Strict federal law protects your census responses. It is against the law for any Census Bureau employee to disclose or publish any census information that identifies an individual. Census bureau employees take a lifelong pledge of confidentiality to handle data responsible and keep respondents’ information private. The penalty for wrongful disclosure is a fine of up to $250,000 or imprisonment for up to 5 years, or both. No law enforcement agency (not the DHS, ICE, FBI, or CIA) can access or use your personal information at any time. Data collected can only be used for statistical purposes that help inform important decisions, including how much federal funding your community receives. The Census Bureau has a robust cybersecurity program that incorporates industry best practices and federal security standards for encrypting data.

            Paulding County has created a Local Complete County Committee, and have stated to inform the citizens of the importance of being counted for the 2020 Census.  You will see them at different area events.  If you have questions regarding the census, you can visit or

            My friends let the 2020 Census help US help OURSELVES by answering a few simple questions about our lives!  It will certainly improve our community over the next 10 years.

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,


wednesday july 17, 2019

Fellow Citizens:

The Board of Commissioners, Department Heads, and Staff are continually striving to make your life, where it involves County government, less complicated!

The Director of the Water Department, Ms. Laurie Ashmore, and her staff have developed payment options that will save you time and make paying your water bill simpler. Please read the customer service information below and enjoy the extra time you save through the NEW automated system. TEAM PAULDING!

In the last 10 years, Paulding County Water System has experienced an expansion of its customer base by nearly 25%. Paulding County Water System strives to provide exceptional customer service while meeting the needs of this rapidly expanding customer base. This month, PCWS announces a change that gives customers more control over their financial information and will decrease hold times to reach a customer service representative. Beginning September 1, 2019, debit/credit card and e-check payments by phone will only be processed through PCWS’ automated system.

Paulding County Water System continues to offer several different ways to pay: on-line, by mail, by phone and in person. New safeguards are being implemented on our Pay By Phone selection.

If the customer selects the Pay by Phone Option, they will be routed to our 24/7 automated system. Customers can dial 855-570-0996 to make a payment. Customers will need the account number and Customer ID from their bill to access the system. Or, if a customer needs to gather specific account information prior to making the payment they can contact one of PCWS Customer Service Representatives at 770-222-6868. After providing the information, the representative can place the customer directly into the payment system.

PCWS appreciates your cooperation during this transition.

Recognizing God’s rich blessings,





Calling all Paulding Countians, on your mark, get set, let’s go  and make sure we are counted and part of the 2020 Census!


The United Census has been around since 1790 and is required by the U.S. Constitution.  The census ensures that each community gets the right number of representatives in government because representation is based on population therefore, an up-to-date tally is essential.  The census also helps with the equitable distribution of public funds, as federal and state funding for educational programs, health care, law enforcement and highways is allocated based on population in part.

In 2010, 74 percent of households in the United States filled out and mailed back their 2010 Census questionnaires.  We hope to have a success rate of even better for 2020.  Keep in mind, over 13 billion dollars was distributed for the state of Georgia, representing about $1,339 dollars per person per household could be at risk.

 American households will began receiving the 98 million Census forms sent out by the federal government.  Each envelope says, your response is required by law.”…Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, you can be fined up to $100 for refusing to complete a census form and $500 for answering questions falsely. 


Recognizing God’s rich blessings,



Paulding County Citizens,

I have four children who were educated through the Paulding County School System and are productive citizens today. My generation, their generation, and the present generation have all faced peer pressure and the associated challenges of growing up. The challenge of current times in vaping, and oh how the business sector assists in the lure of our young people (and older). Our Board of Commissioners is partnering with the Paulding County School Board and Paulding County Sheriff’s Office to counter this demonic threat to the health and well-being of our children. Please read the attached letter regarding action taken and information provided for your education. Please forward any remarks to


Resources for parents on e-cigarettes and vaping:

• Tobacco, Vaping and Marijuana: A Parent’s Guide to a New Epidemic (YouTube video):

• Quick Facts on the Risks of E-cigarettes for Kids, Teens, and Young Adults:

• Tip sheet for talking with your teen about e-cigarettes: (Download)

• For teens who want to quit:

• More resources:

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thursday March 28, 2019


Chattahoochee Technical Aviation Maintenance Academy

In October of 2018, Governor Deal made a special, personal visit to our Paulding County Airport to announce Paulding County as the desired location of our Aviation Maintenance Academy, to be a satellite technical college of Chattahoochee Technical College under TCSG, the Technical College System of Georgia. The Satellite facility will serve and train hundreds of students per semester using the Hope Scholarship Program of Georgia! The Paulding County Board of Commissioner is excited to work with TCSG, Chattahoochee Tech, GDOT (Georgia Department of Transportation) and the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) to plan, develop, and construct an awesome training facility to serve the students and provide the workforce for multiple corporations that provide aviation services to our nation! The Paulding County Board of Commissioners also salutes our State Delegates:

Senator Bill Health, Senator Mike Dugan, Representative Micah Gravely, Representative Kim Alexander, Representative Joseph Gullett & Representative Martin Momtahan who supported this educational asset to the fullest, placing our young adults, of varying ages, at the highest importance and priority during the 2019 General Assembly. The United States economy is booming, but the number of qualified workers (tradesmen and tradeswomen) is too low! The shortage of A&P (Airframes and Power plants) Mechanics is estimated in the thousands over the next ten years. Many baby boomers will retire!

Governor Deal initiated a $35,000,000 appropriation into the FY19 Supplemental Budget. It is infrequent that a project will get an infusion of funds whole and intact. Usually the funding is piecemeal…design, preconstruction, grading, etc. So we, Paulding Countians, are extremely fortunate to have the $35,000,000 of funding available up front.

Finally, I would encourage all parents, grandparents, teachers, mentors, preachers, and leaders all over Paulding County and our Northwest Atlanta Region to recruit and encourage future students to take the opportunity to get on board for a wonderful career opportunity!

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Calling all Paulding Countians, on your mark, get set, let’s go... and make sure we are counted and part of the 2020 Census! MAN_RUNNING_WITH_BAG2

What is a census and why is it important?

Every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a mammoth task: counting all of the people living in the United States and recording basic information such as age, sex, and race. The United States’ founders thought these data were so important they mandated it as part of the Constitution.Aug 7, 2009.

Why do we need census?

The founding Fathers thought this data, called the census, was so important they mandated it as part of the Constitution. ... "The census ensures that each community gets the right number of representatives in government." Because representation is based on population, an up-to-date tally is essential.

What information does the census collect?

The information collected includes data on age, gender, country of origin, year of immigration, marital status, housing conditions, marriage, number of children, education, employment, traveling habits, etc.

Who uses census data?

At national level census information is used to plan the provision of health care, education, employment, transport, etc. It is used to help determine where to build new schools, roads, health care facilities, child-care and senior center.

Is it mandatory to fill out the census?

Earlier this week, American households began receiving the 98 million Census forms sent out by the federal government. Each envelope says, “Your response is required by law.” ... Under Title 13 of the U.S. Code, you can be fined up to $100 for refusing to complete a census form and $500 for answering questions falsely.

Let’s remember to do our part by filling out the Census and turning the Census forms in!

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Thursday January 3, 2019

The Chairman’s Corner video today features Mr. Will Lyons, Information Technology Director. Mr. Lyons joined Paulding County in 2001, prior to coming to Paulding, he worked as a senior level consultant leading the delivery of technical solutions to clients; in both the public and private sector across the United States. Mr. Lyons has many years of experience. He is a visionary forward thinker with critical and creative skills that keep us ahead of the cutting edge technology along with his dynamic team of IT specialists. His hard work, dedication and commitment to keeping our citizens up to date regarding the latest technology is second to none! We are very appreciative of his service.

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Monday november 12, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Thank you for joining the Chairman’s Corner today. I take pleasure in introducing Paulding County’s Chief Tax Assessor, Mr. James Stokes. As you might expect, Mr. Stokes has a very difficult job in fairly, accurately, and lawfully leading his staff and ensuring property taxes are assessed effectively and efficiently! James does this demanding job admirably. He has won the confidences and support of other county Tax Assessors as they have elected him to several state and regional offices. Hats off to an awesome Chief Tax Assessor!

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FRIDAY November 2, 2018

I have a wonderful STAFF. I have an acronym for STAFF: Super Talented Active Friendly Forces! As you can see in the picture, I have a very good-looking staff. They are donning their Paulding County “Explore, Unwind & Thrive” shirts in Black, Gray and Red.

Our staff is in place to serve you, the citizen, to the highest level of care, concern, and professionalism you could ever expect to receive. These staff members are a part of TEAM Paulding. They function as a team to provide you with services that enhance your QOL, Quality of Life, starting with your safety and completing the full range of tasks like filling the pot hole on your street…and everything in between. Your Paulding DOT repairs your roads, synchronizes your traffic signals, and clears our roads of snow and ice! Your Water Department provides clean laboratory tested drinking water, and in some neighborhoods, sewer coverage and maintenance. Your Transfer Station handles solid waste that is transported out of the county and will pay you for qualified recycle items and material. Your Community Development folks are guiding the location of different county residential and commercial development. Your Paulding County government buildings are maintained by some outstanding, knowledgeable employees. Our Human Resources department facilitates the needs of our 850 plus employees. Information Technology keeps us all in the communication loop. Public Information does wonderful work in capturing the main events of the county for your information and viewing pleasure. Parks and Recreation maintains your public playing fields, courts, and recreation facilities, along with youth camps and sports activities. Your libraries offer books, videos, and expansive learning materials. Our Election team provides great services to facilitate your voting rights. Your Extension Service gives you unique opportunities to excel in gardening, 4-H activities, and many educational enhancements. Our partnership with the Court System is wonderful. The Finance Department works hard to ensure our county is on the cutting edge of budgetary and fiduciary performance! Our Tax Department ensures property taxes are done effectively and efficiently! Your Fleet Maintenance team provides great service by maintaining the county vehicles and finally our BOC, County Administrator and staffOf coursenothing supersedes the public safety requirements of fire protection, 911, the Marshal, plus Animal Control and our awesome Sheriff’s Office protection.

To sum it up, the Paulding County STAFF affects your life every day for the betterment of all our homes and families. As your Chairman, I am very proud of my STAFF and employees! I hope you are too!

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Picture of Paulding County Board of Commissioners department heads in the admin building lobby

Wednesday October 17, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Today’s Chairman’s Corner video features Mr. David Mumford, Paulding County’s E-911 Director. David has assembled a talented, fast responding, knowledgeable team of professionals that understand the meaning of accurate and timely communication. Mr. Mumford’s background in Law Enforcement is beneficial to the direction of his team and their having a better grasp of emergency situations. I present to you, Mr. David Mumford.

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Wednesday October 3, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Today, on the Chairman’s Corner we feature the Parks and Recreation Director, Michael Justus, who does more to fulfill the 3rd part of the Live, Work, and Play formula of Paulding County’s Quality of Life.

Michael is a visionary leader whose vision has brought significant recreational advancements to the lives of countless Paulding families and residents of all ages. Sit back and enjoy!

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Fellow Paulding Countians:

In our Chairman’s Corner video today, it is a great pleasure to introduce Chief Joey Pelfrey.  Chief Pelfrey started his career in the Paulding County Fire Department as a basic, newly hired firefighter and has worked his way to the top of the Department.  Having progressed through the ranks Joey understood the challenges, trials and difficulties that come with the first responders’ job and life style.  A unique routine requires special people with a special commitment that only can be led by a superlative leader like Chief Joey Pelfrey.  Chief Pelfrey also directs the EMA, Emergency Management Association. We are very appreciative of his service. 

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Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Chairman’s Corner video today features Ms. Laurie Ashmore, Paulding County’s Director of the Water and Sewer Department. Ms. Ashmore has many years of experience, leads a wonderful team of specialists, and an impressive WSAB, Water Sewer Advisory Board which includes six dedicated citizens. Ms. Ashmore is a P.E., Professional Engineer who drives to work from Rockdale County and gives 110% to her adopted work county, Paulding County, GA. Her hard work, dedication and commitment is greatly appreciated and second to none!

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

It is with great pleasure that I introduce Mr. Tommy Leonard, a pillar leader and example on the Paulding County staff as he steers and motivates the Transfer Station/Recycle team. 

Tommy and this hard working team provides a much needed service to Paulding Countians; and other regional citizens who visit our recycling center (a boost and benefit to all local folks) and provide a drop off point for disposing of household solid waste.  I know you will enjoy the information being shared with you in this interview, and if you are NOT using this waste disposal service, you will begin to take advantage of the Transfer Station/Recycling opportunity.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Our next Chairman’s Corner is with Lt. Trevor Hess who is Paulding County’s Chief Marshal.  The mission of the Marshal is first to gain citizen compliance with county code by educating Paulding Countians in order to maintain a standard of conduct, improving quality of life for all!

Trevor has led 10 deputies for five years, since his 14 years with the Sheriff’s Office where he served on the Crime Suppression Unit and the SWAT Team.  Trevor’s commitment and dedication to our citizens are second to none! He holds true to the highest levels of leadership and morale.

He has been married for 13 years with one son. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

It is my pleasure to introduce Ms. Ann Lippmann, director of the Paulding County Community Development Department. Ann has lead this vitally important work area for 5 years. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our overall comprehensive planning efforts, commercial and residential inspection, oversight of building codes, development ordinances, and zoning guidance and recommendations.

Enjoy Mrs. Lippmann‘s verbal expertise on our chairman‘s corner video today! Thank you for watching.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Paulding County Finance Department is led by Tabitha Pollard. Tabitha and her team work very hard to ensure our county is on the cutting edge of budgetary and fiduciary performance!

The Finance Department works hard and has been recognized by The GFOA Government Finance Officers Association and awarded "The Distinguished Budget Presentation Award" for FY2017, for their superlative performance measures during annual audits. Personnel in our Finance Department have achieved an AA Bond rating for Paulding County that translates into loan advantages and lower interest rates for projects like the new Richland Creek Reservoir and County voted/approved Detention Center!

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Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

The Paulding County Board of Elections and Supervisor of Elections is led by Deidre Holden. Deidre has one of the most exciting and important jobs in the county! She provides exceptional service to the citizens of Paulding all the while with a smile on her face! She's dedicated to the process and goes above and beyond to ensure our elections are conducted with honesty, integrity and respect! Deidre is a devoted wife, mother and long life Paulding County citizen who takes her job as Supervisor for Elections & Registration very seriously. She has a heart as big as Georgia itself, and cares about Paulding County and the importance of getting out to vote! "Freedom isn't free!"

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Fellow Paulding Countians:

Paulding County government is the employer of many employees and gifted department heads! Over the next weeks I will showcase all of them. The PDOT, Paulding Department of Transportation, is led by Mr. George Jones. George has his finger on the pulse of very large and complex jobs/projects from potholes, fallen tree limbs, highway striping…and everything in between. George has an exemplary work ethic! He does not work from 8 to 5, but really whatever it takes to get the job done! My kind of man! George also finds time to be a husband and dad - a devoted family man. Enjoy the following interview with Mr. George Jones, Director of the Paulding County Department of Transportation.

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Thursday, January 17, 2018

We did not have a White Christmas, but Mother Nature has certainly bracketed the Holiday Season with white!! And you know white "precip" and white hair are signs of purity…LOL! Once again, I am pleased with the work of our EMA (Emergency Management Agency) under the director of Chief Pelfrey and Stephen Dooley, always assisted by the Sheriff's office, Fire Department, 911 Department, and PDOT. Your coordination with higher authority and interdepartmentally is excellent.

More on winter weather: My Granddaddy used to say, "Don't apologize for something you have no control over!" I certainly have no control over the weather, but I am regretful that we have had 3 RCR (Richland Creek Reservoir) tours/fieldtrips rescheduled due to rainy or snowy weather! We will keep trying to get a good day! The Reservoir is on schedule despite the weather and is also on budget. The Dam is getting taller! In nine months we will fill partially with water and begin stocking with fish! You fishermen/fisherwomen get your canoes and kayaks ready! Also, we will soon see construction on the new jail, long overdue and vitally needed. CPS (Comprehensive Program Services) will introduce monthly updates on the jail progress, beginning at the BOC (Board of Commissioner) meeting on January 23, 2018.

The 2018 Georgia General Assembly began on January 8, 2018. Members of your Paulding County staff will collaborate with ACCG (Association of County Commissioners of Georgia) to stay abreast of state bills that most directly affect our county. Issues include the FY2018 Amended Budget and Governor's proposed FY 2019 budget, modernization and balanced funding of the 9-1-1 System, Broadband connectivity throughout Georgia, Sales tax reform, and others.

I hope you have started the New Year with a "pep in your step", an "attitude for good health", and positive ideas for our county! Do not hesitate to contact your Post Commissioner or myself by email to communicate your thoughts and concerns.

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