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Director’sDesk Director’s Desk: Building a Foundation for Leadership By Ross King Executive Director he ACCG Annual Conference serves as the mark of the new year for the Association’s leadership. From the installation of the incoming officers and the Board of Managers, to policy committee leadership, to other committee appointments, there are many announcements both at the Annual Conference and in the weeks that follow to set the stage for conducting ACCG business over the next year. During this time of year, ACCG Board members and staff are often asked about how individuals are selected for these important leadership roles. This question can usually be answered in one word – involvement. When it comes to the ACCG Board of Managers, the slate of officers and any Board vacancies are selected by a Nominating Committee comprised of past presidents. This group meets during the Annual Conference and considers nomination letters as well as demonstrated leadership and involvement within ACCG in support of the four pillars: Leadership development, legislative advocacy, civic and community engagement and membership services. Qualifications that are considered include participation in ACCG training and certification programs, meetings and conferences, involvement in policy committees and the policy development process, county participation in the ACCG insurance and retirement programs and other factors. Board members are slated to fill one-year terms but are eligible to serve additional terms in accordance with the ACCG By-Laws. Policy committee leaders are selected as a result of their participation on an ACCG policy committee or their professional or T volunteer experience in one of the policy areas. ACCG currently has seven policy committees: Economic Development and Transportation, General County Government, Health and Human Services, Natural Resources and Environment, Public Safety and the Courts, Revenue and Finance and Federal. Each committee has three leadership positions, including chairman, vice chairman and second vice chairman, who are appointed by the incoming ACCG president. ACCG has several other committees that help to guide the work of ACCG staff and set the overall direction for important programs. For example, the Financial Services Advisory Committee considers proposals from vendors that want to establish a preferred partnership with ACCG. The Training Assessment Committee is developing recommendations on ways to improve the certification programs for county commissioners and to offer more diverse training opportunities. The Centennial Celebration Committee is overseeing the plans for the 100th anniversary of ACCG which will occur in 2014. Appointments to these special committees are usually made by the ACCG president with recommendations from other Board members and ACCG staff based on the involvement, interests and experience of county officials. County officials who are interested in serving as future leaders have several opportunities to get more involved in ACCG in t he coming mont hs. Individuals who have not completed the commissioners training program, can check the upcoming course offerings under “Meetings and Training” on the ACCG website, The ACCG policy development process launches in June with the first round of policy committee meetings (see page 37 for dates and locations) and will continue throughout the summer. Next, review your county’s insurance and retirement plans. ACCG staff is available to discuss your county’s needs and outline the services offered by the Association. ACCG’s programs are designed specifically for local governments and are administered in-house to offer the best possible customer service to counties and county employees. Furthermore, make sure your county is taking full advantage of all of the ACCG preferred partnerships. In addition, be sure to make your interest in serving in an ACCG leadership role known. Talk to county officials that serve on the Board of Managers and other committees to understand the time commitment and expectations of the positions. If you are unable to attend an ACCG meeting, ask about what issues were covered and how you can support ACCG initiatives. Interact with ACCG staff during conferences and meetings, by email or over the phone. All of these actions help to identify future leaders for the Association. Lastly, be a leader in your own community. ACCG looks to its appointed leadership to serve as an example and a resource to other county officials from throughout the state. Individuals who are proven effective leaders within their own county transition well to leadership positions within ACCG. ACCG leaders come from counties of all sizes and have diverse backgrounds. Their role is to help guide the Association’s actions and to provide input into its programs and services. Look for ways to enhance the foundation for your role as an ACCG leader today. ■ MAY/JUNE 2012 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - May/June 2012

President’s Message
In Memoriam
Director’s Desk
An Inside Look at Criminal Justice Reform
Taylor County: Strongly Rooted in an Agricultural Economy with Expectations for Growth
ACCG Annual Meeting Highlights
How Counties Can Stay on Top with an Uncertainty in Federal Funding
A More Level Playing Field for the 2012 LOST Renegotiations
Counties & the Law: Road Acquisition and Abandonment
Preferred Partner News: Georgia United Credit Union Now Welcomes County Employees
Preferred Partner News: How M2M Technology is Poising Local Government for Growth
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - May/June 2012