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2018 CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS

ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills enjoying the opening general session.

The ACCG staff congratulates Dave Wills on becoming the association's new executive director.

holds a Bachelor of Science in Political Science
from Georgia Southwestern University and
a Master's in Public Administration from
Valdosta State University.
"It is with a deep sense of humble gratitude that I embark on serving as the ACCG
Executive Director," said Wills. "I am fully
committed to doing all that is within my power
to ensure that ACCG places and keeps its
focus on our core mission, serving the counties of Georgia, and by extension all of the
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men and women, elected and appointed, who
have dedicated themselves to public service."
Board of Managers Establishes
Committee on Mental Health
While in Savannah/Chatham County, the
Board announced the creation of the ACCG
Standing Committee on Mental Health. The
Committee was created in response to the
rapidly growing problems related to the lack
of access to mental health services in Georgia.

The escalating mental health crisis presents both moral and financial dilemmas for
Georgia's county commissioners to address.
The lack of readily accessible mental health
services, as well as the growing opioid epidemic, adversely impacts county governments
and the citizens they serve. With the new
Standing Committee on Mental Health, the
ACCG Board of Managers exhibits their commitment to making access to mental health
services, along with substance addiction
treatment, a priority issue. The association
will collaborate with other organizations to
develop recommendations, including potential legislative remedies which would be proposed in future legislative sessions, to mitigate
the problems.
"Morally, we know mental illness should
be treated medically. Those with mental illness should not be punished by having the
county jail and the criminal justice system
serve as their only treatment provider," said
Baldwin County Commissioner Henry Craig
who chairs the Committee. "Georgia counties will never have the financial and facility
resources to provide adequate treatment to
those with mental health and addiction illnesses. The cost of housing and treating the
mentally ill and those with substance addictions in our county jails is financially unstainable. Relegating those with mental illness to
primary or exclusive treatment through the
criminal justice system does not meet our
moral obligations. Counties must have state
and federal support to address the escalating
needs of our citizens that, at one time, were
previously provided by the state. Not only is
this a mental health service delivery issue,
it is a public safety issue - the number one
responsibility of government."
David Horsager Talks Trust during
the Opening General Session
For the third consecutive year, ACCG presented conference attendees the opportunity
to hear from not one but two dynamic keynote
speakers during the Annual Conference. As
Waldo Waldman set the tone on Friday with
his remarks on empowerment, David Horsager
followed up - while inadvertently echoing
Waldo's sentiments - with a timely keynote
address on trust.
Horsager, a bestselling author of The Trust
Edge and one of the leaders of the largest
national study on trust, The Trust Outlook,
provided Georgia county officials insight on



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - 2018 Annual Conference Highlights & ACCG Awards

President’s Message
2018 Annual Conference Highlights: Conference Sessions and Speakers
2018 Annual Conference Highlights: 2018-2019 Board of Managers’ Appointments
2018 Leadership Awards
2018 Partnership and Advocacy Awards
Photo Highlights
Index of Advertisers
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