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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

An Honor to Serve You

By Harry Lange
President

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I want to say
'Thank You' for
allowing me to serve
you and the citizens
of Georgia by electing
me your president.

I FIND it hard to believe I am now writing my
last "President's Message." Has it really been
almost a year since my swearing in last April?
There must be some truth in the old maxim of
time flying when you're having fun. What a year
it has been!
In my first message, I pointed out that change
was a constant and, as leaders, we must all
adapt to changes or be the driving force behind
making changes that correct problems, create new opportunities, and move our counties
forward to a better future.
Certainly that has been true for ACCG! Your
Board of Managers has been active. We have
created a new standing committee whose purpose is to better deal with personnel issues and
set policies and procedures to better direct
our actions. The other immediate change was
a restructuring of the Finance Committee,
which broadened the pool of talent available
to address this most important facet of the organization. Most recently, a short-term committee
has been formed to better align the qualifications for selection of our National Association
of Counties (NACo) representatives to their
responsibilities on the national scene. That
committee will also address our support policies in regard to those individuals seeking officer positions in NACo. For those who may be
unaware, NACo does for us on a national level
what ACCG's legislative policy staff does for
us on the state level.
Our next major undertaking this year was a
first-ever joint meeting of the ACCG and GMA
policy councils. This meeting was facilitated
by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government
(CVIOG) in Athens. A very open and productive meeting ensued, which resulted in a better
understanding of both groups' efforts on behalf
of their constituents and a commitment to work
strongly together on issues of common interest
and to understand our differences. This cooperativeness paid dividends during this year's
legislative session.

We had a very productive Legislative
Leadership Conference, in spite of Hurricane
Michael. Several procedural changes were
made which streamlined the adoption process
of ranking our legislative priorities.
Shortly after that, my wife and I-along
with Dave Wills and members of ACCG's policy
staff-began a wonderful three-week journey around the state conducting meetings in
all 12 districts. I would like to thank all of our
District Representatives and their staffs for
hosting these events. Not only were we able to
provide updates and answer questions regarding our legislative priorities, but we also had
the opportunity to meet with a few hundred of
our fellow commissioners and discuss items
of importance for each district. Actually, the
meeting for District 10 in southwest Georgia's
Moultrie/Colquitt County was just two weeks
after Hurricane Michael. Representatives from
the state and federal emergency management
agencies attended and provided specific details
on their clean-up activities and plans. The commissioners in that area were in great need of
this information and were most appreciative!
In December, I had the privilege to attend
the Newly Elected Commissioners Training
Conference in Athens and greeted 140 new
commissioners to our ranks. After four days of
intense training, there was still much enthusiasm and excitement in tackling what lay ahead of
them. So, I once again say, "Welcome aboard!"
While there is still much work ahead of me
until our annual meeting in Savannah, I want
to say "Thank You" for allowing me to serve
you and the citizens of Georgia by electing me
your president. I have learned much about our
state, ACCG, and myself. I can assure you we
have a great staff and a great executive director in Dave Wills. They are working hard for
you every day and are constantly looking for
ways to improve our programs and help our
counties prosper.
It has been an honor to serve you!
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Georgia County Government - Spring 2019

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
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 26
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 27
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 28
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 29
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 30
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Reduce the Friction with a County-Wide Community Development System
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - 32
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - News & Notes
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - Index of Advertisers
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover3
Georgia County Government - Spring 2019 - cover4
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