Waynesboro, Georgia Information

Waynesboro, Georgia is located in, and is the county seat of, Burke County, Georgia. The county is on the Georgia coast and the city of Waynesboro is part of the Augusta, Georgia metropolitan area. The population of Waynesboro was recorded at 5,766 during the 2010 census but in 2016 it was estimated to be around 5,700.

In 2016, Waynesboro ranked #294 out of 449 of the “Most Diverse Places to Live in Georgia.”

As of December 2017, there were 67 registered sex offenders who lived in the city of Waynesboro, Georgia, making the ratio of residents to sex offenders 87 to 1.

Waynesboro has a high crime rate. While the U.S. crime index is on average 279.3, in the city of Waynesboro it is 754.0. This is the highest it has been since at least 2002. In terms of total crime, the rate of crime in Waynesboro is 9,178 per 100,000 residents which is considerably higher than both the state rate in Georgia (3,402 per 100,000 residents) and the national rate (2,837 per 100,000 residents.) Property crimes are almost always more prevalent than violent crimes, and the same is true in Waynesboro, Georgia. However, Waynesboro still has exceedingly high rates when compared with the state and the nation. For every 100,000 residents there are 1,359 violent crimes in Waynesboro. In the state of Georgia the rate is 398 violent crimes per 100,000 residents and in the U.S. it is 386 per 100,000 residents. Property crimes are higher in Waynesboro as well with 7,819 per 100,000 residents while the Georgia average is 3,005 per 100,000 residents and the rate in America is 2,451 per 100,000 residents.

The Mayor of Waynesboro is Gregory A. Carswell, Jr. who was sworn in on May 1, 2017. He can be reached at 706-554-8000 or via email at gcarswell@waynesboroga.com. HIs office is at:
628 Myrick St.
Waynesboro, GA 30830

Mayor Carswell’s tenure has not been without controversy. In November of 2017 Carswell agreed to reimburse the city for money spent on a trip to Philadelphia in the amount of $2,000.00. He also intends to return to his city car and his city credit card.

The city of Waynesboro had 23 full-time law enforcement employees in 2015, including 16 police officers. This is a higher rate than you usually find in Georgia which usually has 2.49 officers for every 1,000 residents. In the city of Waynesboro there were 2.83 officers per 1,000 residents in 2015.

Facts about crimes in Waynesboro, Georgia:

  • The overall crime rate in Waynesboro, Georgia is 170% higher than the average in Georgia and 223% higher than the US average;
  • The rate of violent crimes in Waynesboro are 242% higher than the average in Georgia and 252% than the national average;
  • Property crime rates in Waynesboro are 160% higher than the state average and 219% higher than the average in the rest of the country; and
  • In Waynesboro, your chances of being a victim of a crime are 1 in 11.

    Waynesboro, Georgia Police Station Information

    The Chief of Police of the Waynesboro Police Department is Augustus Palmer. Chief Palmer can be reached at 706-554-8029 or via email at apalmer@waynesboroga.com.
    The website for the Waynesboro Police Department is:

    Waynesboro, Georgia Police Department Address:

    The address for the Waynesboro, Georgia Police Department is:
    628 Myrick St.
    Waynesboro, GA 30830
    706-554-8029

    Open Records Request in Waynesboro, Georgia

    Burke County, Georgia is the county seat of Waynesboro. The county has a website which directs you to a search of public records, here:

    If you need further assistance then you can contact the Clerk of Courts in Burke County, Radeta Smith by phone at 706-554-2279 Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., email radeta.smith@gsccca.org, or at her work address which is:
    Clerk of Courts
    P.O. Box 803
    Waynesboro, GA 30830

    County Sheriff, Warrant, Most Wanted Information in Waynesboro, Georgia

    The Sheriff of Burke County is Alfonzo Williams who grew up in the very county of which he is now the Sheriff. He can be contacted at 706-554-2133 Monday – Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    He also has an email address, which is: burkesheriff@comcast.net.
    You can also visit the website:

    The address of the Sheriff’s Office is:
    225 Highway 24 South
    Waynesboro, GA 30830

    To find out if you have a warrant in the city of Waynesboro you can call the Police Department at 706-554-8029. There is a link on the website where you can pay your citation.
    The website is:

    To find out if you have a warrant in Burke County you can contact the Sheriff’s office at 706-554-2133 and can go to their website to pay and fees or fines.

    The Burke County website is:

    Another resource in Burke County is the Magistrate Court which can be reached at 706-554-4281 Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    The court is located at:
    Burke County Magistrate Court
    P.O. Box 401
    Waynesboro, GA 30830

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