Mark Askew took office as Walker County’s first District 2 Commissioner on January 1, 2021. District 2 covers the middle portion of Walker County, including Chickamauga.
Askew is a lifetime resident of Chickamauga and Walker County. He graduated from Gordon Lee High School, is a military veteran, and along with his wife Jane, raised three children who all live in Walker County and District 2 with their families. Mark enjoys the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing and spending time with his family on the farm.
Askew has more than 20-years experience working in municipal government, with much of that time spent serving as the building and code official. Askew has a strong background coordinating special projects ranging from complex construction and transportation planning, strategic planning to disaster response coordination. He served eight years as an elected official for the City of Chickamauga and was appointed to the Walker County Planning Commission in 2011-2018. Askew also represented Walker County on the Technical Coordinating Committee, a part of the Chattanooga Hamilton County / North Georgia Transportation Planning Organization, and advised on many smaller initiatives throughout the community. Currently, Askew is the Building and Code Official for the Town of Trion. During these years Mark has built a wealth of professional relationships and resources across our state and regional areas.
Askew feels his diverse experience gives him unique insight to propose practical solutions with a level head to responsibly represent the needs of the people in District 2 and Walker County. He is committed to working honorably with the chairman and his fellow commissioners and always with open eyes, open ears, and an open door.