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StaffNews ACCG Welcomes Summer Legislative Interns ssociation County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) welcomed summer interns in June, to assist the ACCG policy staff and Research and Policy Development Director Michele NeSmith in special projects, among them key research that will help the association ready for the next session of the Georgia General Assembly. Paul Coussan, a candidate for the Master’s degree in public administration at the University of Georgia, is concentrating in management. Coussan, who received his Bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in mass communications with a concentration in political communications, was a communications specialist with the Louisiana Housing Finance Agency; and also worked as a community liaison for U.S. Sen. David Vitter on a variety of federal issues. During his tenure with ACCG, Coussan will research incentives other states are offering to encourage consolidation of local governments, collect data on successful transportation referenda, study the impact of how the current economy will impact sales tax revenues for regional or statewide transportation funding, and assist the policy staff with meeting and research projects as needed. Jamie Dervin, legal intern, is currently pursuing a joint degree in law and public administration at the University of Georgia. His specialization is in public policy and higher education administration. Before coming to ACCG, Dervin managed governmental affairs and economic development for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and was a policy analyst for the Florida Legislature. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. At ACCG, Dervin will update the Counties and the Law publication, provide legal analysis on what steps are requisite to allow county consolidation, update legal citations for the unfunded mandates list, provide technical corrections to the Handbook for Georgia County Commissioners, and assist the legal staff with projects as needed. Policy intern Brandon Fris is a lifelong Georgian from Gwinnett County. Fris graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Georgia and has just completed his first year of the Master’s in public administration at his alma mater. As an ACCG intern, Fris will update the County Revenue Reference Guide, assist in the compilation and analysis of county finance surveys and projects, update and provide a report on the forms of government in Georgia, create a list of statutory deadlines for commissioners, and assist the policy staff by attending and planning meetings and providing research for various projects. ■ Brandon Fris A Paul Coussan Jamie Dervin AUGUST 2009 39

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

Georgia County Government - August 2009
President’s Message
County Matters
Morgan and Newton Counties Bank High Quality of Life on Sustainable Growth
Georgia’s Unique Approach to Public Safety Training
Extension News: The Face of Poverty
Research Corner: ACCG Needs Your Participation in Burruss Budget Survey
Staff News
County Parade
ACCG Teams with Technology Provider, Dell
Index of Advertisers

Georgia County Government - August 2009