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Bleckley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2010, the population was 13,063. The estimated 2013 population was 12,771 which is a 2.2% decrease. The county seat is Cochran.

History

The county was named for Logan Edwin Bleckley, a soldier and Justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia. This town is home to Middle Georgia College , the oldest two-year public college in the nation. The state constitutional amendment to create the county was proposed by the Georgia General Assembly on July 30, 1912, and ratified November 5, 1912.

Government

Bleckley County is one of 8 remaining counties in Georgia that operates under a Sole Commissioner form of government, with a single county commissioner acting as the county executive and legislative branches. The Sheriff of Bleckley County is Harold O. Lancaster, the Clerk of Superior Court is Dianne C. Brown, the Tax Commissioner is J. David Brown, and the Probate Judge is Hon. Kenneth Powell. The office of Sole Commissioner of Bleckley County is currently vacant. Click this link for information about the Cochran-Bleckley Chamber of Commerce and Cochran's Festivals and Events.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 219 square miles (567.2 km2), of which 217 square miles (562.0 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.79%) is water.

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