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The city of Jefferson is the county seat for Jackson county, Georgia. As of the 2010 census the city had a population of 9,432 and a total area of 22 square miles, 0.3 of which is water in Curry Creek. Jefferson was founded in 1800 and named for Thomas Jefferson. The city is bordered to the northwest by Pendergrass and to the southeast by Arcade. U.S. Route 129 passes through the southwest side of the city, leading northwest 21 miles to Gainesville and southeast 19 miles to Athens. Interstate 85 runs through the northern end of Jefferson, 5 miles northwest of the center of town, with access from Exits 137 and 140. I-85 leads southwest 55 miles to Atlanta and northeast 90 miles to Greenville, South Carolina. Jefferson uses one zip code, 30549 and one area code, 706.

Jefferson is ranked #41 in Georgia and #4,228 in the United States with a livability score of 77, which is in the 85th percentile. The city scored best for great weather, employment, crime and amenities. The average summer temperature is a comfortable 75 degrees, crime is 33 percent lower than the state’s, employment is only one percent higher than the state of Georgia, and there are many amenities in the area.

The overall crime rate in Jefferson is 19% lower than the national average. For every 100,000 people, there are 6.28 daily crimes that occur in Jefferson. Jefferson is safer than 56% of the cities in the United States. In Jefferson you have a 1 in 44 chance of becoming a victim of any crime. The number of total year over year crimes in Jefferson has increased by 20%.

Of the factors which are used to determine the livability index, Jefferson does well in the areas of weather, crime, employment, and amenities. It scores poorly in the areas of Housing, Education, and Cost of Living.

Jon Howell, Mayor
City Hall
147 Athens Street
Jefferson, GA 30549

Jefferson City Council

Jefferson, Georgia Crime rates and statistics:

In 2016, the crime index in Jefferson, Georgia was 139.2 which was lower the United States average of 280.5.

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Jefferson Crime Data

The total crime rate in Jefferson was 237 total crimes for every 100,000 residents, which is lower than the average in the state of Georgia with 3,402 total crimes per 100,000 persons, and lower than the national average of 2,837 total crimes for every 100,000 citizens.

According to our research of Georgia and other state lists there were 50 registered sex offenders living in Jefferson, Georgia as of June 23, 2018. The ratio of number of residents in Jefferson to the number of sex offenders is 203 to 1.

Jefferson, Georgia Police Department

Chief Joseph W. Wirthman
1010 Washington St
Jefferson, Georgia
(706) 367-5231

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Chief Joseph W. Wirthman began his law enforcement career in 1977 with the Crystal River Police Department. In 1978, he went to work for the Inverness Police Department where he remained until 1980. His longest tenure was with the Fort Pierce Police Department, where he started in 1980 and retired in 2006 at the rank of Captain. He was then appointed Chief of police at the Jefferson Police Department in September of 2006. During his career he has worked as a Police Officer, Criminal Investigator, Special Investigator, Internal Affairs/Professional Standards, Training and Recruiting, Administrative Services, and commanding a police district sub-station. The Assistant Chief is J. Arwood.

In 2015, there were 26 full-time law enforcement employees, 23 of whom were police officers. This means that in the year 2015 in there were 2.31 police officers for every 1,000 residents in Jefferson, Georgia, while the state average in Georgia that same year was 2.50 officers for every 1,000 residents.

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Jefferson City Clerk

Wendy Wilson, City Clerk
147 Athens Street
Jefferson, GA 30549
Phone: 706-367-5121

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Jackson County Open Records Request

Camie W. Thomas, Clerk of Courts
5000 Jackson Parkway, Suite 150
Jefferson, GA 30549
Phone: 706-387-6246
Fax: 706-387-6273
Office hours are Monday – Friday 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Sheriff Janis G Mangum
Jackson County GA Sheriff’s Office
555 Stan Evans Drive
Jefferson, GA 30549
Emergency: 911
Phone: 706-367-8718

On November 6th, 2012, Mrs. Janis G. Mangum was elected to the office of Sheriff of Jackson County, only the 2nd female Sheriff elected in Georgia History. Sheriff Mangum is a lifelong resident of Jackson County, having attended Jefferson City Schools and currently residing in the Holly Springs Community of Jackson County. She is the daughter of the late Ray and Lavertis Griffith and is the wife of Mr. Jerry Mangum, for over 35 years, and is the mother of Chad and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren Kayla, J.T., and Jayden.

Jackson County Jail
555 Stan Evans Dr
Jefferson, GA 30549

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