County Clerk


It is indeed my pleasure to serve the citizens of Effingham County.  Being a lifelong resident and employee of the Board of Commissioners for over 23 years, it is important to me to be a part of promoting effective and positive change for our growing county; the habitation in which I work and live.   


It is the mission of the Office of the County Clerk to uphold the statutory mandates
  of the State of Georgia Legislature and provide the utmost level of courteous, professional and proficient services to all people of Effingham County.


The Clerk to the Commission is appointed by the Board of Commissioners and is officially responsible for the County seal, the retention and preservation of official records including: meeting agendas, minutes, resolutions, ordinances, as well as provide administrative support the Board. Additionally the Clerk researches, reviews and interpret policies, ordinances, resolutions and deeds. The Clerk of Commissions' primary role is to efficiently and effectively manage the goals and expectations of the Board of Commissioners.

Further, the Clerk is required to attend all Board of Commissioners meetings and ensure accurate recording of the proceedings. Meeting preparation is one of the essential services provided by the Clerk. The Clerk also is assigned as the Legislative Liaison and Open Records Officer for the County.  Should you need assistance regarding a request under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) you may contact the Office of the County Clerk.  More information about initiating a request can be found at .  Requests can be submitted preferably via our open records portal on our website, email or postal mail or in person.  Click the following link to go to the open records portal:  Open Records Portal.  

Additional duties of the Clerk are to ensure all county ordinances are codified as required by State law.  Effingham County utilizes the services of Municode/Civic Plus for codification.  See the “county ordinances tab” on the home page of our website or click on the following link: Approved County Ordinances

Internally, we provide administrative, procurement and facility management and hospitality services to various departments of the Board of Commissioners. The Clerk also facilitates communication between Commissioners, staff and the public, including providing information related to upcoming meetings and agendas. 

We are here to serve you!


Stephanie D. Johnson, IIMC-CMC, CCC

Clerk of Commission 

Interested in speaking to the Board of Commissioners at a meeting?

Please complete the meeting participation form (located to the right of this screen) and return it to Your information must be received at least one week prior to the scheduled meeting date. 

Did you know you can view zoning amendments, contracts, agreements, etc. on our website?

As of 2020, most documents approved by the Board of Commissioners can be viewed and downloaded from MuniDocs.  Just click on this link;