Georgia County Government - May/June 2010 - (Page 28)
Ben Hill County Vice Chairman
2010 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Is 2010 ACCG Emory Greene Award Recipient
CCG leaders bestowed Ben Hill County Vice Chairman O.D. Netter with the highest honor a commissioner can receive from his peers, the Emory Greene Leadership Award, in recognition of exemplary commitment to his community and state. Netter, a past president of the association and Ben Hill County commissioner for 18 years, received the award Tuesday, April 27 at the Awards Banquet in Savannah. “I am surprised and humbled by this honor, which is especially great because it comes from peers for whom you have so much respect,” Netter told an audience of some 400 county officials and guests at the Awards breakfast. “I want to thank all of you. I also want to thank Ben Hill County’s entire staff — the county has a great staff, and great people. During the recession, Ben Hill County has been fortunate to be able to keep our most valuable assets — our employees.” Netter expressed gratitude to commissioners who had mentored him as a younger commissioner, including Mitchell County Chairman and ACCG Past President Benjamin Hayward, former Peach County Commissioner Dr. Ira Hicks and former Decatur County Commissioner Glenda Battle, also an ACCG past president. “I believe I’ve kept my promises in office, to do the best job I could do, and I also want to thank the people of Ben Hill County,” he added. Introducing Netter, ACCG Second Vice President Clinton Perry, Taylor County Commissioner, called him “a mentor, a personal friend and a man whose leadership style, I use as a pattern for my own.” Perry credited Netter with helping shape ACCG into the outstanding organization it is today, through his leadership in many areas. “O.D. is known not only for his leadership within his community and region, but also for being a true consensus-builder. He is not just a great elected official; he is also a very caring person.” Perry added that Netter had demonstrated “tireless commitment to ACCG” through many years of service, as a member of the Board of Managers, as an officer, as president of the association, as a member of the GEBCorp Board and as chairman of the Black Caucus. Throughout Netter’s service to ACCG, he “has worked extremely hard to assist the association’s best Past ACCG President and Ben Hill County Commissioner O.D. Netter garnered this year’s Emory d l OD Emory o efforts representing the interests Greene Leadership Award. Pictured (from left): ACCG Executive Director Ross King, Scott of county governments within Downing, Patricia Yancy, O.D. Netter and Paula Jones.
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his own South Georgia region, and statewide,” Perry said. “His dedication to building and maintaining a superior network of public and private sector officials has paid invaluable dividends to the ACCG membership.” Netter’s local contributions are credited with enhancing the Ben Hill and Fitzgerald community. He championed a 1995 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) that resulted in the new Ben Hill Public Safety Complex, housing the Sheriff’s quarters, a modern jail, E-911, Emergency Management and Emergency Medical facilities, and judge’s chambers and related administrative offices. A 2000 SPLOST Netter also helped facilitate funded a host of capital improvements in the county and the city of Fitzgerald, along with new economic development initiatives. A 2005 SPLOST brought another legacy of county and city improvements, more economic development initiatives, grant funding for a new health department, Senior Center and Headstart program. Netter’s leadership is also credited with being vital to the formation of a host of human service programs, including a CHIPS program offering down payment assistance and rehabilitation to Ben Hill citizens. As chairman of the local Hospital Authority, the Library Board and the Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial Development Authority, he has helped the county grow into a locus of economic strength for surrounding jurisdictions. As chairman of the Fitzgerald-Ben Hill County Solid Waste Authority, Netter is also credited with assisting the county’s environmental progress. Netter’s reputation as a leader got off the ground in the early 1990s when as vice chairman, he assumed the chairman’s office after then-Chairman John Archibald fell ill. He worked to turn the local hospital around financially, and created new business models for county offices. Netter is a graduate of the ACCG Certified Commissioners’ Training program, the Academy for ACCG Leadership, and the Certified Commissioners’ Advanced Program.
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