Cochran, Georgia

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Cochran is a city in Bleckley County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,455 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Bleckley County[3].

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History

Cochran, the County Seat of Bleckley County, Georgia, is named for Judge Arthur E. Cochran and was incorporated on March 19, 1869. Once known as Dykesboro, Cochran was settled by B. B. Dykes, who owned the site on which the town is built. The earliest settlers located here to engage in the turpentine industry.

Judge Cochran was largely instrumental in developing this section of Georgia through his work as President of the Macon & Brunswick Railroad, now the Southern Railway.

Government

The government of Cochran operates under a strong mayor-council system of local government. The current mayor of Cochran is Clifford Avant, and the City Manager is Matt Turknett. The interim Police Chief of Cochran is Key McGuire, and the Fire Chief is Glenn A. Lord.


Recently, some of the Cochran Police Force has come under scrutiny for what appears to be child molestation charges. One officer has been charged and another has quit after being investigated for interference with custody.[4]

Geography

Cochran is located at 32°23′12″N 83°21′2″W / 32.38667°N 83.35056°W / 32.38667; -83.35056 (32.386646, -83.350684)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.9 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.32%) is water.

Demographics

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