Formed in 1833, Walker County was named after Freeman Walker, a U.S. Senator from Augusta. The county currently operates under a Board of Commissioners form of government. Until January 1, 2021, the county operated under a Sole Commissioner form of government, which gave the Commissioner both legislative and executive powers.

Over 69,000 people live in Walker County. The county boasts a labor force of 30,209. Nearly 39% of local jobs are in the service sector, while manufacturing accounts for 33% of all private employment positions.​ Roper Corporation, Shaw Industries Group and Nissin Brake Georgia are among Walker County’s top employers.

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