Walton County Government

  • Historic Walton County Courthouse

Walton County eVerify Number - 47785 – Effective 07/27/2007

County Offices Closed for Thanksgiving November 23 and 24

Walton County Government Offices will be closed Thursday, November 23 and Friday, November 24 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. All offices will resume normal hours on Monday, November 27.

About Walton County

Walton County, forty-five miles east of Atlanta in Georgia's Piedmont region, is the state's forty-sixth county. Comprising 329 square miles, it was created by the Lottery Act of 1818 from land originally held by both the Cherokee and Creek Indians and was named for George Walton, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and briefly a Georgia governor.

The county seat is Monroe, where the current county courthouse was opened in 2005.  The historic county courthouse (the third) was built in 1883; since that time the structure has undergone major restorations and additions. Walton County has been home to seven Georgia governors: James Boynton, Howell Cobb, Alfred Colquitt, Wilson Lumpkin, Henry McDaniel, Richard Russell, Jr. and Clifford Walker. Also from Walton County was Moina B. Michael, known as the "Poppy Lady." She developed the symbol of the red Flanders Field Poppy as a memorial emblem for the veterans of wars.



Hard Labor Creek Reservoir to Open to the Public for Fishing in January 2018

The Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir is on schedule to open to the public for recreational use in the new year. The Reservoir is stocked with a variety of fish, including largemouth bass, black crappie, blue gill, and redear sunfish. Facilities will include restrooms, boat ramp, and dock. Hard Labor Creek Reservoir, which has an area of 1,370 acres and a storage volume of 12 billion gallons, will also ensure that the residents of Walton County have access to a safe and sustainable water supply both now and in the future. The Reservoir is the product of a regional partnership between Walton and Oconee Counties to provide for the future water needs of Northeast Georgia. For more information about the Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir Project, click here to visit the Hard Labor Creek website.

Hard Labor Creek Reservoir



Plan ensures Walton County Government remains competitive in hiring and retaining skilled employees

The Walton County Board of Commissioners voted to approve a new Job Classification and Compensation Plan with an amendment to reinstitute a merit system at its November 7, 2017 regular meeting.

The plan by Condrey and Associates, Inc., was created following a study which included review and revision of the county’s current classification system and pay plan and collection of salary data from a selection of comparable local governments in Georgia, and was recommended based on job analysis, job evaluation, and wage survey data.  In order for the County to remain competitive in the local labor market, the board voted to adopt a plan that will bring the County 3% above market pay rates, which will help to adjust for inflationary increases. In order to offset the pay compression this change would create, the plan includes a one-time equity adjustment for employees based on years of service to Walton County Government.

The total cost of implementing the recommended changes is $2,256,548. Adoption of this plan will make Walton County Government competitive in the local labor market and ensure that it is able to attract and retain skilled employees to effectively serve its citizens.