Georgia County Government - January/February 2013 - (Page 4)

Association County Commissioners of Georgia President’sMessage President CLINTON PERRY Taylor County Vice Chairman First Vice President MIKE BERG Dawson County Chairman Third Vice President SAM HART Bibb County Chairman Milestones and Memories Second Vice President KEVIN LITTLE Walton County Chairman Immediate Past President MELVIN DAVIS Oconee County Chairman Executive Director ROSS KING District Representatives 1st District ALLEN POOLE, Haralson County 2nd District VACANT 3rd District KATHIE GANNON, DeKalb County 4th District VACANT 5th District TOMMY LYON, Elbert County 6th District JANIE REID, Putnam County 7th District RON CROSS, Columbia County 8th District TERRELL HUDSON, Dooly County 9th District JAMES THOMAS, Wayne County 10th District LAMAR HUDGINS, Dougherty County 11th District JOYCE EVANS, Lowndes County 12th District HELEN STONE, Chatham County At-Large Representatives JOHNNY DAVIS, Jefferson County Commissioner J. HARRY LANGE, Harris County Chairman CHARLOTTE NASH, Gwinnett County Chairman CARLOS NELSON, Ware County Commissioner Consolidated Government Representative BRUCE HUFF, Columbus-Muscogee County Councilor Active Past Presidents (ex-officio) BILLY CROKER, Polk County Commissioner MELVIN DAVIS, Oconee County JAMES HAM, Monroe County* BENJAMIN HAYWARD, Mitchell County TOM MCMICHAEL, Houston County O.D. NETTER, Ben Hill County* LAMAR PARIS, Union County *Also a NACo Board Member (ex-officio) Section Representatives (ex-officio) County Attorneys: JEFF AKINS, Bulloch County County Managers/Administrators: DAVID HANKERSON, Cobb County County Clerks: PATRICK DON TOWNSEND, JR., Dade County Service Program Representatives (ex-officio) GSIWCF Board of Trustees (Workers’ Compensation): FREDERICK FAVORS, McDuffie County IRMA Board of Trustees (Property & Liability): CHARLES NEWTON, McDuffie County Group Health Benefits Program Board of Directors: MIKE MULCARE, Douglas County Pension Board of Trustees: L.B. “BUZZ” AHRENS, Cherokee County Defined Contributions (DC) Board: RICK MUGGRIDGE, Lee County Officers serve through April 2013 4 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT By Clinton Perry President T he word milestone dates back to Roman times when roads were built across Europe. Milestones were special stones placed along roads at regular intervals that travelers could use to chart their way. Over time, the historical concept of the milestone continued; however, it has been further defined as significant events or stages in the life of a person, nation or other organized group. About a year ago, it was my pleasure to stand before the membership of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) at the annual conference in Chatham County to take the oath of office as president of this great association. This opportunity represents a milestone in my public service career, allowing me to interact and serve with dedicated county commissioners from across the state. Since that time, thousands of signposts have passed outside my car window on the way to district meetings, policy committee meetings, conferences, training events and other association responsibilities. In the last year, ACCG also has achieved many milestones to aid Georgia counties and strengthen the association’s foundation. One of the most significant accomplishments this year was the work of the ACCG Training Assessment Committee to create the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy. This committee transformed the commissioners’ training program from a two-step certification program to a robust program that strengthens the core certification program and offers a true pathway for continuous education for commissioners throughout their time in office. ACCG serves as a prominent voice at the State Capitol through its work with state leaders and legislators. Georgia counties are fortunate that the association is recognized as an expert in local government issues and often has input into major legislation that may impact counties. However, county officials must stay actively involved and build effective relationships with local legislative delegations. As the 2013 session of the Georgia General Assembly continues, ACCG makes it even easier to keep up with issues through the new video updates that are a part of each week’s legislative report. The association’s membership services programs also set ACCG apart from many organizations of its type from across the country. The strength Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve in this capacity and stand on the shoulders of those who came before me to help further the work of the association.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January/February 2013

President's Message
Director's Desk
Chatham County: Cultivating Opportunities to Grow Investments
2013 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
Eight Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards
County Government : Emergency Management Agencies: Prepared Today for Tomorrow's Disaster
Federal Update: The Fiscal Cliff: What's in the Final Deal and When's the Next One Coming?
Counties & the Law: Avoiding First Amendment Liability in the Employee Discipline
System for Taxing Motor Vehicles to Change March 1
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January/February 2013