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President’sMessage Thank You for This Opportunity Association County Commissioners of Georgia Officers serving through April 2009 President JAN TANKERSLEY Bulloch County First Vice President LAMAR PARIS Union County Second Vice President MELVIN DAVIS Oconee County Third Vice President Vacant Executive Director JERRY R. GRIFFIN Board of Managers 1st District Vacant 2nd District MIKE BERG, Dawson County 3rd District BURRELL ELLIS, DeKalb County 4th District Vacant 5th District KEVIN LITTLE, Walton County 6th District C. BROOKS BAILEY, Pulaski County 7th District JOHN R. GRAHAM, Warren County 8th District CLINTON PERRY, Taylor County 9th District D. M. MULLIS, Laurens County 10th District CHARLES LINGLE, Dougherty County 11th District Vacant 12th District JOHN McIVER, Liberty County Consolidated Government Representative HEIDI DAVISON, Athens-Clarke County At-Large DAVID GAULT, Jones County SAM OLENS, Cobb County HELEN STONE, Chatham County Vacant Vacant Active Past Presidents CLARENCE BROWN, Bartow County JAMES V. HAM, Monroe County BENJAMIN HAYWARD, Mitchell County TOM McMICHAEL, Houston County O. D. NETTER, Ben Hill County Ex-Officio NACo Board Members/Officers: RICHARD ENGLISH, Troup County JAMES HAM, Monroe County Section Presidents Attorneys’ Section: MICHAEL LONG, Houston County Managers’/Administrators’ Section: KEVIN POE, Floyd County Clerks’ Section: BRENDA STALVEY, Echols County Service Program Chairs ACCG Insurance Program Representatives (IRMA) Vacant Group Self Insurance Workers’ Compensation Fund (GSIWCF) WALTER L. SANDERS, Greene County Pension Representative H. JAY WALKER, Houston County JANUARY 2009 n this first address to my fellow members of this outstanding association as President of ACCG, I would like to thank all of you – my fellow officers and the entire ACCG membership – for the confidence you have expressed in my leadership. ACCG has meant so much to me in my two terms as a Bulloch County commissioner, and By Jan Tankersley as my third term as a county commissioner gets under way, I know the support and the invaluable President association with my peers through ACCG will continue to sustain me as I serve my community. My involvement with this remarkable association, and with the many outstanding county government officials I have had the honor to know, has enabled me to approach my own community with innovative ways to provide leadership, and more so than any other professional affiliation. I extend gratitude and acknowledgment, as well, to my predecessor, 2008-09 ACCG President Virginia Gray of Clayton County. Her professionalism and high level of service have been an inspiration to me, to her fellow officers, and to county officials across the state. During a very difficult and hectic election season, Virginia never let the association and her duties as ACCG President down, having accepted the challenge begun by Immediate ACCG Past President Tom McMichael of Houston County to lead the association through the development of its current Strategic Planning Process. With Virginia’s dedication, the plan is being brought to its conclusion and ACCG will soon have a new Strategic Plan in place. We can all anticipate great progress for our association thanks to this milestone plan, which I will speak more of in coming editorials. In the meantime, Virginia is to be commended for attending every ACCG District Meeting held in November, during the final month of her tenure as President, and for presiding at the Fall I ACCG is always there to help you, no matter what the challenge, and the challenges are mounting. PRESIDENT continued on page 8 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - January 2009

Georgia County Government - January 2009
President’s Message
County Matters
Forward-Thinking Bulloch County Leaders Put Progress on the Front Burner
Robert Farris: Champion for Georgia’s Forests
ACCG, BCBS of Georgia Work Together to Improve County Employee Health
Georgia’s Grand Old Courthouses: McIntosh County
Extension News: Cooperative Extension Generates ROI
Research Corner: How Does Your County Rate?
County Parade
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - January 2009