Welcome to the City of Cochran!

 

The City of Cochran is a uniquely progressive rural community built upon efficient and effective service delivery with an organizational culture that strives to embrace change and diversity. The City also strives to ensure a high level of innovation and sustainable development while maintaining and enhancing a quality educational system, with the ultimate goal of providing a safe and secure environment to live, raise families, work, conduct business, and play.


 

News and Updates

 

The City is currently hiring Police Patrol Officers and Firefighter/First Responders.  To view these positions, please click on "Employment" at the top our Home Page.

 

The Industrial Development Authority of Bleckley County-Cochran is searching for an energetic President/Chief Executive Officer to lead our new combined Development Authority/Chamber of Commerce operation.  To apply for this position, please click on "Employment" on the top bar of our Home Page.

 

After reviewing further imput from the community, detailed written legal opinions from our City Attorney and a second legal opinion from a constitutional lawyer, impact on the city fiscal resources and the environment in which the original decision to exclusively fly the Christian flag was made, the City Council voted 4 to 1 at a Special Called Meeting on April 28, 2015 to rescind the motion to exclsively fly the Christian flag 24/7 from the flagpole at City Hall and remove the flag effective May 8th.  The only flags that wil be flown from the flagpole at City Hall will be the U.S. and State Flags.

 

The Cochran Bleckley Recreation Department is inviting public comment on the draft of its new strategic plan.  Comments may be submitted in writing to: P.O. Box 739, Cochran, Georgia 31014.  Comments will be accepted from April 17th through May 1st, 2015.  To review the strategic plan and by-laws, please click on: http://cbrdrecreation.wix.com/cochranbleckleyrec

 

Fire Lieutenant J. J. Speer has been appointed to serve as the Interim Fire Chief until a new Fire Chief is hired. As Interim Chief, Mr. Speer will perform the normal duties of Fire Chief for the Cochran-Bleckley Fire Department. He will assume the duties of the Interim Chief upon Chief Glenn Lord’s retirement on Friday, February 27th at 5:00 p.m. The process for a new Chief is cur

rently underway. The official job advertisement will be nationally advertised within the next two weeks, followed by receipt of applications and interviews with the top candidates.

 

 The City and County have signed a shared services agreement to create the Cochran/Bleckley Airport Authority. To learn more, please click on Read More.

 

 ON-LINE UTILITY BILL PAYMENT is now available! To take advantage of this service, please click on "ONLINE PAYMENT" at the top of this page. 

 

The City has begun using a new outreach service to share important information.  To learn more and sign-up for this free service, please click on Read More.

 

The City of Cochran and Bleckley County have signed an Intergovernmental Agreement regarding building inspection services. According to this agreement, building inspection services in the City and in the unincorporated area of Bleckley County will be combined and performed by the Building Inspector of Bleckley County. The Building Inspector will perform the customary and regular building inspection services in the City and unincorporated areas of Bleckley County, including: permit application, review of drawings and specifications, examination of documents, issuing permits, collection of fees, inspections, and issuing of Certificates of Occupancy, Certificates of Completion, and Stop Orders relating to erecting, constructing, altering, installing, demolishing or moving any structure, electrical, gas, mechanical or plumbing systems which are regulated by ordinances of the City and County. All applicants for permits will be made to the Building Inspector at the Bleckley County Board of Assessors Building. To view the Intergovernmental Agreement, please click on Read More.

 

The citizens of Cochran passed the Freeport Exemption by a 9 to 1 margin.  This same ballot issue passed in the County by a 3 to 1 margin.  At the City Council meeting on November 13th, the Council approved a 100% Freeport Exemption for manufacturers and distributors that will locate in our community.

 

City Council approved a $4 million bond package at the October 14 Regular Council Meeting.  These funds will be used to repay two previous bonds at a lower interest rate and allow the City to map and assess its water and sewer systems.  These bonds were sold on October 30 and the work for this project will begin in late November.  After the City completes its mapping and assessment, the City will be pursuing additional funding from USDA, and possibly other agencies, to complete the repairs to the City's water and sewer system.

 

City Council approved a new Customer Service Policy that was mailed to all utility customers in September. To view the new policy, please click on Read More.