City of Waycross Departments


The City of Waycross, is located centrally in Ware County, southeast Georgia. The 2012 population in Waycross was 14,332.

From keeping the streets clean and maintained to working with families and businesses to issue building permits, city staff are committed to ensuring that Waycross is a great place to live and work. To complete the work planned by the city each year, the entire efforts of our employees are organized into various departments to ensure smooth operations. Further, ensuring that city government achieves the mission, policies and guidelines adopted by the Waycross City Council is the responsibility of the Executive Department. Top priorities are providing a healthy and welcoming atmosphere where citizens want to live and raise families, promoting strong neighborhoods and citywide economic development.

Who does what at the City

Executive Department
The Executive Department includes the Mayor’s Office, Communications Division and Public Affairs.

City Attorney
The City Attorney provides legal counsel to the City on a variety of issues.

Community and Economic Development (CED)
The Department of Community and Economic Development (CED) supports business development while enhancing the quality of life in the community. Divisions include Administration, Economic Development, Development Services, Strategic and Current Planning.

Community Services
The Community Services Department provides leisure time activities and Human Services Programs. This includes maintaining parks, trails and offers a variety of recreational activities for people of all ages. The department operates and maintains city and parks buildings, and provides leadership for city-wide events that celebrate the quality of life that Waycross citizens enjoy.

Finance and Information Technology
The Finance Department manages all the city’s financial activity, produces the City’s annual operating budget, and manages the day to day maintenance operations of the city’s voice and data network technology. The Utility Billing office handles billing for the City’s water, sewer and garbage services.

Fire and Emergency Services
The Fire and Emergency Services Department provides emergency services to the citizens, ranging from fighting fires to preparing for disasters.

Human Resources and Risk Management
The Human Resources and Risk Management Department handles all hiring and staffing issues.

Police Department
Police officers work very diligently to protect life and property, assist in the suppression of crime, apprehend criminals and enforce laws. Programs include animal control, block watch programs, crime prevention tips, a domestic violence advocate, K-9 program, crime-reports, and the city jail.

Public Works Department
The Public Works Department plans and supports the infrastructure to meet the needs of a growing city. This includes Maintenance Services and Utility Systems. Streets, sidewalks, bridges, water, wastewater, surface water and road maintenance are included.