Hot 5: Vote for Burbage & more

  • Published: June 30, 2014
  • Cast your vote for Burbage

    Voting for the city/county seat on the new Local Government Health Insurance Board starts tomorrow, and counties will have to work hard to help Butch Burbage, Shelby County’s finance manager, beat the odds and top his city opponent. This [download id=”1672″] has some helpful information about voting, which is open until July 18. Here are some things that counties can do to encourage employees to vote:

    1. Post the campaign flyer in the office and circulate it to employees.
    2. Remind employees to watch for their paper ballots. These are being mailed to their home addresses, and they should receive them early this week. They MUST have their unique paper ballot to vote – even if they choose to vote online at
    3. Offer to collect and mail paper ballots for everyone who brings them to work.

    Questions? Contact Sallie Gowan in the ACCA office at 334-263-7594 or


    Safety coordinators training dates

    Safety Coordinators need to be sure to check out the revised dates for the Safety Coordinators Training and the Public Officials/Administrative Staff Training. Registration materials will be emailed to each County Safety Coordinator listed with the ACCA.  The County Safety Coordinator of record must attend one of the Safety Coordinator Training classes to qualify for the Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP).  Also, at least one Public Official/Administrative Staff person who has supervisory authority in the county commission or sheriff’s department must attend for the county to qualify for the SIDP.  If your county has changed Safety Coordinators in the past 12 months, please let Marcia Collier at know ASAP.  Failure to have the correct Safety Coordinator listed with the ACCA will affect your eligibility to qualify for the SIDP.


    Register NOW for fishing expedition at ACCA Convention

    There must be a minimum of 25 people signed up for the fishing expedition by Friday, July 18, or the trip will be cancelled. The trip is 1-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 18, from Reel Surprise Charter Docks at SanRoc Cay Marina (directly across the street from the Perdido Beach Resort). The $95 registration fee includes 6 hours of fishing plus snacks and drinks. Register online


    Independent and third-party candidates

    If there are independent or third-party candidates who will be on the ballot for a county commission seat in November, please make sure that information has been shared with Brandy Perry in the ACCA office ( or 334-263-7594). Some independent candidates may be waiting for the secretary of state to review their petitions, but go ahead and let ACCA know that these candidates are working through the process.


    Wage, Salary & Benefits Survey closes TODAY

    Today is the last day for county administrators to complete the online County Wage, Salary & Benefits Survey so the data can be compiled and made available to you. If you have any questions, please contact Jon Gross at Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services ( or 334-844-8402) or Sallie Gowan in the ACCA office ( or 334-263-7594).


    NOTE: The ACCA office will be closed on Friday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.


    Hot 5 is a weekly newsletter from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.