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NEWS & NOTES

>> ACCG Welcomes

>> In Memoriam: Former Bryan

Mary Beth Bass and Michael O'Quinn will join the ACCG staff
as County Consulting Services Associates, effective April 15 and
April 1, respectively.
Bass, an experienced leadership, economic and community
development specialist, has most recently led the One Sumter
Economic Development Foundation as its Executive Director. She
has also worked as a faculty member of the J.W. Fanning Institute for
Leadership Development in Athens and as an Archway Professional
in the University of Georgia's Archway programs in Brunswick and
Hawkinsville. She has direct governmental experience through her
work with the City of Perry as its Economic Development Director,
and formerly worked with the Coastal Regional Commission.
Bass will have multiple responsibilities in consulting services
and leadership development and will work to update various publications issued by ACCG. In addition to helping counties in the
areas of leadership, economic and community development, she
will assist with strategic planning, county retreats and will work
within ACCG's Lifelong Learning Academy.
Michael O'Quinn, an experienced county government attorney
who spent more than 20 years with Butts County, will focus on
issues related to county law, negotiations and inter/intra-governmental relations. He has led courses in the ACCG Lifelong Learning
Academy commissioners' education program, written policies that
have been adopted by counties and exceled in drafting county
ordinances. His addition to the ACCG staff will assist the association in achieving its goal of offering enhanced services to counties
throughout the state.
O'Quinn will join County Consulting Services Manager Bill Twomey
in traveling the state providing assistance and support to counties
in the areas of finance, emergency management, purchasing and
day-to-day government operations, among many other issues.
Please join ACCG in welcoming Mary Beth Bass and Michael
O'Quinn to the team!

Former Bryan County Commission
Chairman and ACCG Past President Carlton
Gill passed on February 18, 2019. A two-term
district commissioner and three-term chairman, Gill served as ACCG president from
1982-1983. During his time as association
president, ACCG and Georgia's county officials saw what is known today as the ACCG Group Self-Insurance
Workers' Compensation Fund (ACCG-GSWICF) come to fruition.
Having served on the NACo Board of Directors for one year,
Gill was an advocate for Georgia county officials' active engagement in the National Association of Counties (NACo). As stated
in his first President's Message editorial in the May 1982 issue of
Georgia County Government magazine, "As Georgians, we need
a stronger voice in NACo. County government here in the South
is far different from what you find in the North and Far West. If
we don't maintain balanced representation for our part of the
country and for the southern concept of local government, we're
going to see a lot of Federal policy developed that doesn't fit our
circumstances."
Gill's association presidency was during a time in which ACCG
began offering more diverse programs to Georgia counties-
including workers' compensation and loss control, among others.
Former ACCG Executive Director Jerry Griffin remembers Gill as
a great leader in support of such innovative changes.
"Carlton was a great leader at ACCG," said Griffin. "He was on
the selection committee that hired me, and he and Emory Greene
from Bibb County were great supporters as we rebuilt ACCG."
A native of Chatham County's Savannah, Gill received a master's
degree in forestry from the University of Georgia and also studied
at Georgia Southern College. He spent his professional career as a
procurement forester with S.A. Allen for 37 years. He is survived
by his wife Joy B. Gill, their three daughters, grandchildren, and
a host of extended family members.

Mary Beth Bass and
Michael O'Quinn to the County
Consulting Services Team

County Commission Chairman
and ACCG Past President
Carlton Gill (1940-2019)

>> Mark Your Calendars
2019 ACCG Annual
Conference
April 26-29
Savannah International
Trade & Convention Center
Savannah/Chatham County

NACo Annual Conference
July 11-15
Clark County/Las Vegas, NV

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Spring 2019

President’s Message
Director's Desk
Ethics on the Edge
Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
College Underserved Community Partnership Program
Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Working with Hard-to-Count Communities
Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Intro
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover1
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover2
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 3
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 4
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 5
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 6
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - President’s Message
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 8
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Director's Desk
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Ethics on the Edge
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 11
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 12
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 13
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Avoid Property Tax Increases by Managing Revenues
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 15
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - EPD’s STAR Program Keeps Georgia Counties and Rights-of-Ways Clean
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 17
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 2019 ACCG Annual Conference Preview
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 19
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - College Underserved Community Partnership Program
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 21
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Hurricane Michael: Looking Back, Looking Forward
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 23
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 24
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Working with Hard-to-Count Communities
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Index of Advertisers
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