Cordele, Georgia Information

Cordele is a city in Crisp County, Georgia, United States. The population was 11,147 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Crisp County, and it is the self-proclaimed watermelon capital of the world. Cordele was founded in 1888 by J.E.D. Shipp of Americus. The town was located at the junction of two major railroads, the Savannah, Americus & Montgomery line, and the Georgia Southern & Florida. As the railroads brought more people and business to the newly settled territory, Cordele experienced phenomenal growth. Before 1905 Cordele was in southern Dooly County, 9 miles from the county seat in Vienna. With Cordele’s continued progress, many in the community felt the need for a seat of government to be closer than Vienna. Crisp County was formed in 1905 by taking a portion of southern Dooly County, and Cordele became its county seat. By August 1930, Cordele housed the Crisp County Hydroelectric System, the first county-owned electric system. Located on the Flint River, the hydroelectric plant continues to operate, and the resulting Lake Blackshear has attracted residents to its waterfront properties. On April 2, 1936, a tornado struck Cordele, killing 23 persons. U.S. Route 41 passes through the city as Seventh Street and leads north 9 miles to Vienna and south 20 miles to Ashburn. U.S. Route 280 (16th Avenue) crosses US 41 in the center of the city and leads east 29 miles to Abbeville and west 31 miles to Americus. Interstate 75 passes through the east side of the city, with access from exits 99, 101, and 102, and leads 65 miles north to Macon and 103 miles south to the Florida state line. State Route 300 leads from the south side of the city 37 miles southwest to Albany. According to the United States Census Bureau, Cordele has a total area of 10.2 square miles, of which 10.2 square miles is land and 0.077 square miles or 0.82%, is water. To the west of Cordele town center and located on Route 280 is the large Georgia Veterans State Park, which lies on the eastern edge of Lake Blackshear. This facility provides many outdoor activities for ex members of the US armed services. There are also interesting displays of preserved military aircraft and helicopters and army tanks and other fighting vehicles. These displays are open to public viewing during daylight hours.

Cordele is ranked #522 in Georgia and #25,489 in the United States with a livability score of 56. The city scored best for great weather, a low cost of living and lots of local amenities. The cost of living is 11 percent lower that the state’s, and the average summer temperature is a comfortable 80 degrees.

The Cordele, GA overall crime rate is 50% higher than in comparison to the Georgia average; and is also 80% higher than compared to the national average. Specifically, regarding violent crimes in Cordele, GA, the rate is 12% lower than compared to the Georgia average, and 10% lower than when paralleled to the national average. When comparing property crime, Cordele, GA comes in at 58% higher than to the average seen in Georgia, and 94% higher than the overall national average.

Of the factors which are used to determine the livability index, Cordele does well in the areas of weather and amenities. It scores “F” in the areas of Crime, Employment, Housing and Education.

The City Manager is Edward Beach and he can be reached by phone at 229-276-2906. Edward was employed with the City of Cordele in November 2001 as Financial Services Administrator. Within the Finance Department, Edward was responsible for all accounting records of utilities, property tax, and business licenses, budget preparation and monitoring, accounts payable and receivable, general ledgers for sixteen City funds, the capital improvements program, treasury management, and preparation of the City’s Annual Financial Report. In addition to these duties, he assisted the City Manager in other aspects regarding the City. In 2006 he achieved certification as a Local Government Finance Officer through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government and was named Finance Director. In 2010, he was named City Clerk and Assistant City Manager. As City Clerk, Edward has familiarized himself with the City ordinances and the ordinance process and is currently only one class from having his official certification as a Certified Municipal Clerk through the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government.

In July 2012, the City Commission named him Interim City Manager and named him to the position of City Manager in August 2013. He is currently serving in this capacity currently. Edward currently serves as a member of the Cordele Downtown Development Authority and the Southwest Georgia Excursion Train Authority. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Crisp County Community Council. He is Secretary/Treasurer for the Cordele Office Building Authority.

City of Cordele City Hall
501 N 7th St
Cordele, GA 31015
Phone number (229) 273-3102

Cordele, Georgia Crime rates and statistics:

In 2016, the crime index in Conyers, Georgia was 347.7 which was above the United States average of 280.5.

The total crime rate in Conyers was 5,098 total crimes for every 100,000 residents, which is higher than the average in the state of Georgia with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 persons, and higher than the national average of 2,837 total crimes for every 100,000 citizens.

The overall crime rate in Cordele is 80% higher than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 13.97 daily crimes that occur in Cordele. Cordele is safer than 19% of the cities in the United States. In Cordele you have a 1 in 20 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Cordele has decreased by 25%.

According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 69 registered sex offenders living in Cordele as of May 26, 2018. The ratio of number of residents in Cordele to the number of sex offenders is 163 to 1.

Facts about crime in Cordele, Georgia:

Cordele, Georgia Police Department Address:

Cordele Police Department
501 N. 7th Street
Cordele, GA 31015
Phone: (229) 276-2921

Other Information about the Cordele Police Department:

The Chief of Police for the Conyers Police Department is Rob Rodriguez. Chief Rodriguez can be reached at 229-276-2921 or by email at cordelepd@cityofcordele.com

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In 2016, there were 35 full-time law enforcement employees, 26 of whom were police officers. This means that in the year 2016 in there were 2.38 police officers for every 1,000 residents in Cordele, Georgia, while the state average in Georgia that same year was 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

Open Records Request in Cordele, Georgia:

For record requests in Cordele, Georgia, you can check this site to see what records are available and to see where your records request is if you have requested one:

For records in Cordele, Georgia, you should contact Edward Beach, City Clerk at 229-276-2906

City Clerk’s Office
501 North 7th St
Cordele, GA 31015

For records from different government agencies in Crisp County, Georgia:

Jean H. Rogers, Clerk of Superior Court
Crisp County Courthouse
510 N 7th St
Cordele, Georgia

Crisp County Court
510 North 7th Street
P.O. Box 747 (31010)
Cordele, GA 31015

8:30am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday
Phone: (229) 271-4726
Fax: (229) 271-4737

County Sheriff, Most Wanted, Warrant Information, Etc.

The Sheriff of Crisp County is H. W. (Billy) Hancock. Sheriff Hancock can be reached at (229) 276-2600.

Crisp County Sheriff
Sheriff’s Department
H. W. Hancock, Sheriff
197 Hwy 300 S.
Cordele, GA 31015
(229) 276-2600
Fax: (229) 276-2648

The Judicial Services Division is responsible for the security of the Crisp County Courthouse and all Cordele County courts. Additionally, this division is responsible for the Transportation Unit and the Sex Offender Registry. The Judicial Services Division is responsible for registering and verifying sex offender movements throughout the county.

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Crisp County Jail
196 GA-300
Cordele, GA 31015
Phone: (229) 276-2600

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