Week of Nov. 26, 2012

  • Published: November 26, 2012
  • Have you signed up for New Commissioner Orientation?
    There are still about 25 first-time commissioners who are not registered for the ALGTI New Commissioner Orientation next week. The course is required by law and won’t be offered again until the next election cycle. More importantly, participants will gain knowledge and skills that are essential to effective work on your local   commission. Please note: separate registration is required for the New Commissioner Orientation and for the ACCA Legislative Conference. If you have questions, please call ACCA at 334-263-7594.

    Two more opportunities for jail guidelines training
    Jail staffs, especially those in east Alabama and northwest Alabama, have two more chances to get training on using the Legal-based Jail Guidelines. The guidelines are an important legal tool that will help counties reduce jail-related lawsuits. The course is offered at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Lee County Sheriff’s Department and 1 p.m. Thursday at the Marion County Sheriff’s Department. To sign up, contact John Hamm.

    Rhone nominated for NACo board
    ACCA President Ricky Harcrow has nominated Clarke County Commissioner Rhondel Rhone to the board of directors for the National Association of Counties. Rhone has served Clarke County for more than 20 years, and he was ACCA president in 2006-07. He is set to succeed former Madison County Commission Chairman Mike Gillespie.

    Community response to disasters
    The inaugural Governor’s Community Response Workshop will be Dec. 11 at the Marriott Legends in Prattville. This one-day workshop will teach how partnerships among faith-based organizations, community organizations and emergency managers play a critical role in the “Whole Community” approach to emergency management. Topics will include: ways to enhance partnerships, guidelines to consider prior to disasters, ways to use social media during disasters, how to set up a volunteer reception center, how to begin and maintain a local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) and how to establish a local Long Term Recovery Committee. Download a flyer and draft agenda for more details.

    Affiliate days @ the Legislature
    Mark your calendars and plan to head to Montgomery for your affiliate group’s day at the Alabama Legislature in 2013. ACCA staff will brief you on the issues in the morning, and then you will be free to meet with your local lawmakers. There will be no registration fee, and many people will be able to make it a one-day trip. Here is the schedule: ACCMA – Feb. 26, AAEM – March 19, AAND – April 9, ACAA – April 16, CROAA – April 23 and ACEA – April 30.