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Executive Orders issued by the State of Georgia

Charlie Paris – Chairman


Charlie Paris was elected to the Chairman position on January 1, 2015 and then re-elected for a second term beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2022.

Hubert Parker – Post 1 Commissioner


Hubert Parker was elected to the Post 1 Commissioner position in a special election for a term beginning November 14, 2019 and ending December 31, 2020. He was re-elected in January 2021 with his term ending December 31, 2024.

Karleen Ferguson – Post 2 Commissioner


Karleen Ferguson was elected to the Post 2 Commissioner position for the term beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2022.

Commission Meetings

The Board of Commissioners meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Click here for the Calendar of Meetings. Each meeting is duly posted in the legal organ and at the Courthouse prior to the meeting. Rules of Decorum are observed at each meeting and comments from the public are invited prior to a vote on each agenda action item. Citizens wishing to speak are asked to state their name and exhibit good behavior when addressing the board.

Pending Documents

The Gilmer County Board of Commissioners consists of a three person government body that is made up of two Post Commissioners and a Chairman. All three seats are elected county-at-large (not by district or zone). The Commissioner positions are essentially the local legislative branch, Post Commissioners work as part-time officials whose voting powers include county policy, spending and taxation rates. The Chairman position is a full-time official who serves as the county manager or county administrator. The Chairman presides over the Board of Commissioners meetings and has full voting rights and obligations. As the Chief Executive of the county government, the Chairman is responsible for the day to day operations of various county departments and employment decisions that are not otherwise reserved for the Board as a whole or otherwise the responsibility of other elected officials, such as Sheriff, Tax Commissioner, Clerk of Court or Judicial offices.

The Board of Commissioners is responsible for the management of the following departmentS:

The Board also serves as oversight to the county owned facilities Whitepath Golf Course and the Gilmer County Airport.


The mission of Gilmer County Government is to cooperatively support and maintain a community which is safe and healthy, convenient and pleasant to live in, with educational, recreational, cultural and economic opportunities for all.


To provide responsive and innovative services, guided by integrity, professionalism, and compassion to the citizens of Gilmer County that enhance equality of life, and a sense of community.


Respect. We have respect for our community, our clients, each other, and ourselves.

Teamwork. We accomplish our work through teamwork throughout the County.

Customer-Oriented Service. We provide excellent customer-oriented, culturally competent service both internally and externally.

Honesty and Integrity. We practice honesty and integrity at all levels in the County.

Personal Accountability. We are personally accountable at all levels of the County.

Community Engagement. We will continuously seek input from the community on priorities, goals and objectives.