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Director’sDesk Celebrating Public Service their involvement in the leadership development programs, public policy and advocacy efforts and other initiatives. The expertise that new commissioners bring to their counties through professional and personal experience can also help make ACCG a stronger organization. At the same time, ACCG appreciates the service of those individuals who are retiring from their commission seats. Those that are leaving public office today have served during some of the most challenging economic times our nation has endured in recent decades. These individuals have faced difficult decisions in balancing budgets and prioritizing services, often facing public criticism for their actions. At the same time, many have also made investments in their community that will serve as their legacy. In particular, there are two elected officials who are retiring from county service at the end of the year that have had an impact on both their county and ACCG. The first is Bartow County Sole Commissioner Clarence Brown. Commissioner Brown was sworn into office in August 1991, filling an unexpired term. He is now completing his fifth full term. Prior to serving as sole commissioner, he was the county’s public works director and later county administrator. Commissioner Brown also served as ACCG President in 2003 and continues to serve on the Board of Managers as an active past president. In addition, he has served on the ACCG Pension Board for over 15 years, which oversees the funds managed by GEBCorp for county employees statewide. During his tenure as Bartow County Sole Commissioner, Brown developed the county’s first growth management plan and strategic plan. He implemented many quality growth measures and was recognized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency and the state Environmental Protection Division for establishing a model Clean Air Program for local governments. In addition, he expanded the recreation programs and facilities, improved the water management system, renovated the historic 1902 courthouse, made significant improvements to the county’s road system, built a state-of-the-art conference center and much more. The other individual is Pulaski County Sole Commissioner Brooks Bailey. After retiring from a 40-year career with Georgia Power in 1992, he ran for office and was elected as sole commissioner in 2000. Since that time Commissioner Bailey has served three consecutive terms. Commissioner Bailey was first elected to serve on the ACCG Board of Managers as the 6th District Representative in 2008 and held this position for two terms. He was subsequently named to an at-large seat on the Board of Managers, a position that he has held since 2010. In Pulaski County, Commissioner Bailey has left a legacy of leadership and a commitment to building bridges to improve government efficiency. He created the Hawkinsville-Pulaski County Riverfront Advisory Committee, bringing together the efforts to protect the Ocmulgee River. He fostered the University of Georgia’s Archway Project in the county to groom leadership development through the Ocmulgee Order and Pulaski Tomorrow. In addition, he encouraged the consolidation of services with the City of Hawkinsville, starting with animal control, code enforcement and fire services, and eventually, law enforcement. As a result of the successful consolidation of key services, the Pulaski County and Hawkinsville are currently exploring the formation of a consolidated government. As experienced leaders, these men have served as mentors and trusted advisors to many of their peers throughout the state. They personify integrity and a passion for community improvement. For these reasons, ACCG celebrates their contributions and wishes them and others like them who are retiring from public service this year the very best. ■ NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2012 By Ross King Executive Director he Association Count y Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) welcomed more than 200 individuals to the Newly Elected Commissioners Conference at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education at the University of Georgia in early December. The theme for this year’s conference was “A Foundation for Governing.” In addition to providing a comprehensive overview of county government and the roles and responsibilities of county commissioners, the conference also sought to celebrate public service. Public service is a calling, especially when it comes to serving as a county commissioner. From the provision of public safety and the courts system, to the maintenance of roads and bridges, to public health, county officials serve at the level of government closest to the people. Constituents in the community know their county commissioners and do not hesitate to ask about specific concerns that are expected to be addressed. Whether motivated to run for office to address a specific issue or for the betterment of the overall community, county commissioners have complex responsibilities that have a direct impact. As you prepare to serve your first term in office or continue in public service following re-election, it is important to identify and pursue goals to improve your community. Understanding local government policies and procedures and building collaborative relationships will help to further these plans. Counties comprise the membership of ACCG, but the Association recognizes that it is in the people business. Therefore, just as counties go through a transition of leadership following an election cycle, so does ACCG. The association welcomes all new commissioners and strongly encourages T 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - November/December 2012

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
Augusta-Richmond County
2013 Legislative Preview
2012 Legislative Service Awards
A First-Hand Look at Governing in Iraq and Afghanistan
Preferred Partner News: How 4G LTE is Changing the Face of County Government
Preferred Partner News: FivePoint’s Suite of Products: Making Georgia Courts More Effi cient
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - November/December 2012