Walton County BOC name new planning director

Charna Parker replaces retired director Mike Martin

Charna Parker

Walton County, GA -On Tuesday, July 7, 2020, the Walton County Board of Commissioners named Charna Parker as the Planning and Development director.

Parker has more than 24 years of experience with the Walton County BOC. She started her career on March 26, 1996, as a permit technician, has served as the office manager for the Planning and Development Department and most recently as the assistant director.  

“The Board of Commissioners is excited to work with Charna in her new position. She has proven her ability to lead the Planning and Development Department through years of hard work and continued dedication.  She is poised to lead Walton County into the next era, and we are excited to see where she takes us,” said Kevin Little, Chairman of the Walton County Board of Commissioners.

Parker has an Associate’s Degree in Business Management and spent the earlier part of her career with Georgia Central Bank for eight years working as a teller, assistant head cashier, and administrative assistant. 

Parker replaces former director, Mike Martin, who retired after almost 21 years with the Walton County Government.

Mike Martin

“It has truly been an honor to serve Walton County as the Planning and Development Director for the last 20 years. I want to thank my work family for their loyalty and support throughout these years. I feel that the department has served the citizens and development community professionally and competently, and I believe that there has been a very positive impact on the County because of their efforts. Also, I would like to extend a special thanks to Chairman Little and the Board of Commissioners for your support and the confidence you displayed in the department. I am confident that the department will continue to serve Walton County in the professional, courteous, and competent manner that we have applied over the years. This is, by far, one of the hardest conscious decisions I have made in my lifetime; however, I truly feel it is time to move on to the next chapter in my life. I’m not sure what God has in mind for me, but I am truly looking forward to the journey.”

Little said Martin left behind a legacy that not only has improved the development in Walton County, but also the Planning Department as a whole.

“Mike has been a wonderful asset to Walton County. His experience with DeKalb County allowed him to guide Walton County through the substantial growth experienced in the early 2000s. The Planning and Development Department has flourished under his leadership and has a strong foundation for more growth in the future,” Little said. “We wish him well in his retirement.”

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