Commissioner’s Office

65 Courthouse Street
Blairsville, GA 30512


Contact Person:
Lamar Paris – Sole Commissioner

Contact Details:
Phone: (706) 439-6000
Fax: (706) 439-6004

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Office Staff:
Larry Garrett

Jennifer Queen

Pam Hawkins

Laura Driskell

Jill Chastain

Krystal Berry

The Sole Commissioner is the governing authority of the county. The Commissioner sets and approves the budget for all departments and elected officials. He sets the mill rate each year, which provides funds for the operation of the county departments. Union County is one of only 8 counties in the State that operates under a Sole Commissioner type of government.

The Commissioner is a sworn elected official and governed by the laws of the County of Union, the State of Georgia, and any and all applicable Federal laws. The Commissioner serves a 4-year term, which coincides with the presidential election.

The Commissioner’s office is directly responsible for the following departments:

• Building & Development
• Environmental Enforcement
• Emergency 911 Dispatch
• Emergency 911 Mapping
• Fire Department / Emergency Management
• Parks & Recreation
• Road Department
• Transfer & Recycling
• County Transportation

Questions & Answers from Commissioner Lamar Paris:


Lamar Paris, Georgia County Government
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