Georgia County Government - May/June 2008 - (Page 13)

Clayton County Commissioner Virginia Gray Sworn in as 2008-09 ACCG President Clayton County Commissioner Virginia Gray was sworn in as president of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) at the close of the group’s 2008 Annual Meeting on April 29 at the Savannah Convention Center. The longtime leader on the ACCG Board of Managers took her oath of office from her colleague in Clayton County, Municipal Court Judge C. Crandall Bray, former Clayton County chairman. Gray became an officer of ACCG three years ago, when she was sworn in as third vice president of ACCG. She is past chairman and vice chairman of the association’s Health and Human Services Policy Committee, an active member of the National Association of Counties (NACo), and vice chair of the Aging Subcommittee of NACo’s Human Services and Education Steering Committee. In addition to her service within ACCG, Gray has served as chair of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs’ Housing Trust Fund for the Homeless. Gray counts among her most important accomplishments initiating the Clayton County TOYS Program, providing toys and food for transient and temporary hardship families during the holiday season; and initiating the Clayton County Teen Summer Camp Program. She is also proud of having spearheaded a $3.2 million Senior Adult Citizens Center in northwest Clayton County. Her awards for local government service also include being named an Outstanding Public Service Award winner of the Georgia Coalition of Black Women; and she has also garnered the Carl H. Rodinizer Community Service Award from the Clayton County Chamber of Commerce. She also recently won the Martin Luter King, Jr. Community Service Award from her church. Gray’s community involvements include serving on the Board of Trustees of the Rainbow House Children’s Shelter, on the Board of the A+ Foundation, on a Review Panel for Clayton County Juvenile Court, and on the Board of Directors for Clayton County Alzheimers’ Support Services and Keep Clayton County Beautiful. 2008 ANNU 2008 ANNUAL MEETING Immediate past president of ACCG, Houston County Commissioner Tom McMichael, passes the president’s gavel to 2008-09 ACCG President Virginia Burton Gray, Clayton County commissioner. Gray has also held leadership positions with Clayton Summit 2000, the United Way, represented Clayton County commissioners on the county’s Consolidation Planning Advisory Committee, and has served on the Steering Committee of the Homeless Action Project in the seven-county Metro Atlanta Region. The commissioner is on the Board of the United Methodist Church’s Wesley Community Centers, a former vice chairman of the Clayton County Department of Family and Children Services, a former officer of the Georgia Association of DFCS Boards, a former Housing Chairman for the Atlanta Project (North Clayton Cluster), and a former board member of the American Cancer Society. Civic affiliations Commissioner Gray belongs to include the National Council of Negro Women, Clayton College and State University Neighborhood Leadership Institute, and Leadership Clayton. The commissioner is a graduate of Clark College, where she earned her B.A. in 1967 in elementary education, followed by post graduate study at Tennessee State University. The commissioner has also voluntarily completed the ACCG Certified Commissioner Training Programs through ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Jan Tankersley Sworn in as First Vice President of Association County Commissioners of Georgia Bulloch County Commission Vice Chairman Jan Tankersley was sworn in V April 29 as first vice president of the associaA tion at the group’s 2008 Annual Meeting in t Savannah. With the appointment, she is in S line to assume the Association County Commissioners of Georgia assume line o assume the Asso n sso (ACCG) presidency for 2009-10, next April. Tankersley qualified for a third term on the Bulloch County Board of Commissioners this year, and has been a member of the ACCG Board of Managers since 2005. Before becoming an ACCG officer in 2006, she was District 12 representative on the ACCG Board of Managers. TANKERSLEY continued on page 14 MAY/JUNE 2008 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia County Government - May/June 2008

Georgia County Government - May/June 2008
President’s Message
County Matters
ACCG 2008 Annual Meeting: Highlights
County Focus: Clayton County
Negotiating a Professional Service Firm Contract: Part 3
Counties Get Involved in Efforts to End Sexual Abuse of Children
Smart Growth Scorecard Gives Communities a Way to Grade New Developments
Wireless Technologies Critical for First Responders
Research Corner: The ACCG Policy Process
RDCs Assist the USS Georgia Flag Project
Extension News: Animals Take Spotlight in Disaster Planning
Georgia’s Grand Old Courthouses: Grady County
NACo News: Green Initiative Launches Searchable Database
Insurance News: ACCG Announces New Inmate Medical Savings Program
County Parade
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - May/June 2008