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LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT ACCG Gives County Officials 'Tools' to Make Better Decisions A History of ACCG Leadership Development Programs By Susan Contreras with contributions from Kay Morgareidge SINCE ITS BEGINNING, ACCG has provided county officials with tools, resources and leadership skills to enhance their decision-making processes in order to effectively lead their communities. "State and federal laws change, requirements for implementing mandated services are updated, new technologies are introduced and innovative approaches to save counties financial and personnel resources are identified. Individuals who stay engaged in training are better prepared to make decisions on behalf of their counties," said ACCG Executive Director Ross King in the spring 2013 issue of Georgia County Government magazine. One of the earliest ACCG training events was the first short course in tax assessing, held in 1948. In 1954, the "Tax Assessors Conference, of which ACCG is one of the sponsors," was described in the County Commissioner Comments as being held annually at the University of Georgia. By 1956, it was a three-day event held at the University of Georgia sponsored by ACCG, the Georgia Municipal Association, and the Georgia Association of Assessing Officials. A $25 registration fee covered room, board, instruction, notebooks, etc. for attendees-everything except transportation to and from the course. Providing specialized training for commissioners was not the first focus of ACCG's leadership development programs, but it has become its centerpiece in the last 50 years. The first ACCG Commissioners Workshop was held in 1961 at the University of Georgia 36 GEORGIA COUNTY GOVERNMENT Continuing Education Center. More than 90 county officials attended the workshop, which was sponsored by ACCG and the Institute of Law and Government of the University of Georgia School of Law. ACCG offered its first class in the first commissioners' training program in partnership with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia (CVIOG) in 1987 and aimed to offer a class at least every two years. The relationship between ACCG and its partners at CVIOG is unique among the nation's county associations, as is the resource offered by CVIOG. In response to member requests, the programs developed over time into the Commissioner Training Program and the Certified Commissioners Advanced Program (CCAP). More than 3,000 county officials have received certification through these programs since their inception. All training programs offered through ACCG are voluntary, with the exception of the Newly Elected Commissioners Conference, which is required by state law for county commissioners in the first year in which they are elected. The Commissioners Training Program consisted of five required courses (30 hours) and three elective courses (18 hours), for a total of 48 hours. The required course list included county government law/personal liability, economic development, financial management I, fundamentals of property appraisal and taxation, and personnel/human resources. Elective courses ranged from topics such as community and media relations to conflict resolution and planning for quality growth. All county elected and appointed officials who completed the Commissioners Training Program could enter the Certified Commissioner Advanced Program (CCAP). Successful completion of the CCAP required completion of an additional 48 hours of courses, plus participation in the two-day Advanced Leadership Institute, and completion of a summary project report. As county officials earned CCAP status, many wanted to continue their training in county government matters, and ACCG introduced the Silver, Gold and Platinum Standard of Excellence levels of continuing education achievement for those who exceeded training requirements. Transition to the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy As ACCG President Frank W. Allcorn, Jr. wrote in the President's Letter for the November 1955 County Commissioners Comments, "While our basic form of government has remained the same, the complexities

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - Summer 2014

President’s Message
Director’s Desk
County Focus: Walton County and Pragmatic Governance
County Wellness Programs: The Healthy Choice for Employees and Budgets
UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia Offers County Governments a Free, Online Option for Worksite Wellness
Counties and the Affordable Care Act: An Update on Federal Healthcare Legislation
Leadership Development: ACCG Gives County Officials ‘Tools’ to Make Better Decisions
News & Notes
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - Summer 2014