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Message From The Sheriff

I am pleased to welcome you to the website of the Chattahoochee County Sheriff's Department. We have been responsible for public safety in Chattahoochee County since 1854.

Since becoming your Sheriff in 1973, I have had the privilege of meeting many of you in person. I try to keep you informed about issues of community safety and believe that members of the Sheriff's Department have a tremendous responsibility to you in the community.

- Sheriff Glynn Cooper

 
 

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Cusseta-Chattahoochee County: Situated in a tranquil sea of rolling hills, Chattahoochee County is one of three counties that comprise West Georgia’s largest MSA, the Columbus, Alabama MSA. The County Seat is Cusseta, Georgia which was organized in 1854. The County consists of 249 square miles. We are a community where you can live in the country, and yet close enough to enjoy city life as well. It is a place where southern hospitality abounds and a person’s handshake is as good as their word.

Fort Benning, home of the US Army Infantry, covers and estimated 80 percent of the county’s 249 square miles. The uniqueness of offering the best of both worlds is due to Chattahoochee County’s proximity to Columbus, Georgia, where it can offer country living while being only minutes away from the finest of big city amenities.

In 2003, Cusseta-Chattahoochee changed its Government configuration and became one of three unified government operations in the state of Georgia. The Government changed from a Board of Council members, Mayor and County manager to a board of five commissioners, County Manager.

Chattahoochee County, Georgia

Chattahoochee County, created by Act of February 13, 1854, was cut off from Muscogee and Marion Counties. It was named for the Chattahoochee River. Its courthouse, constructed in 1854, was built of select heart lumber from the Long Leaf Pine by slave labor, and is displayed at Westville in Lumpkin, GA.

First county officers, commissioned March 11, 1854, were: William W. Bussey - Sheriff; N. N. Howard, Clerk - Superior Court; Ezekiel Walters - Clerk Interior Court; Abner Smith - Ordinary; William H. Askew - Tax Receiver; Stephen Parkei - Tax Collector; Littleton Morgan - Surveyor; William S. Howard - Coroner.

Kasihta (Cusseta)

Kasihta "the Peace Town of the Lower Creeks" one of the two great Muskogee towns in the Creek Confederation of the Indians, stood on the site of the Generals Headquarters at Fort Benning. Kasihta mentioned in the narrative of DeSoto's expedition in 1540, was burned by the Spaniards under Matheos, commander of the post at Apalachee, in 1686 at a site on the Chattahoochee River.

Then the Kasihta with other Lower Creek tribes moved to the Ocmulgee River to be near the English traders but after the Yamasee War, moved to this site where they remained until 1836. Known to have been one of the oldest and most important towns of the Lower Creeks, Kasihta township, according to the census 1832 -33 had 1,918 residents.