2016-17 ACCA Leadership | Hot 5

  • Published: August 22, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    2016-17 ACCA Officers

    2016-17 ACCA Officers

    PLUS… HOT TIP: #ALCountiesWork

    PLUS… Key Dates This Week

    1.  New ACCA Leadership for 2016-17

    A new year has begun in the life of the unified voice of county government, and expectations are high that President Bill Stricklend from Marshall County will guide the Association through another successful year. He is joined by President-Elect Steve McKinnon (Dale County), Vice President Tony Cherry (Choctaw County) and Minority Director Marcus Campbell (Sumter County).

    Special appreciation is expressed to Morgan County Commission Chairman Ray Long for his outstanding service as president over the past year, and Long will continue to help lead the organization in the role of immediate past president.


    2. Legislative Report | Special Session

    The Alabama Legislature is set to reconvene tomorrow afternoon for the 6th meeting day of the special session. Before adjourning on Friday evening, the Senate surprised almost everyone in Montgomery when it narrowly passed a proposed constitutional amendment to allow a lottery in Alabama.

    Your prompt action is needed on two bills that are important to counties:

    • legislation necessary to address questions surrounding the passage of local bills
    • the distribution of the BP settlement revenue

    County leaders are encouraged to review the brief Legislative Report linked here and make the appropriate contacts TODAY.


    Pickens County | Workforce Development Plan

    Pickens County | Workforce Development Plan


    Mobile County | Planning for the Future: The Time is Now

    Mobile County | Planning for the Future: The Time is Now

    3. 25th Annual ACCA Awards Program Honorees

    One of the best parts of last week’s convention was honoring excellence and educational achievement throughout all 67 counties. Chairman Jimmy Jones and the members of the Awards Committee are to be commended for their efforts. The committee recognized:

    • Pickens County Commission for Excellence in County Government (Rural),
    • Mobile County Commission for Excellence in County Government (Urban),
    • State Sen. Gerald Dial for Outstanding Contribution to County Government.

    Here is a full list of convention honorees, including education programs, tenure in office and more.


    4. Congratulations to Safety Award Recipients

    Each year the ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc., highlights excellence in the area of safety.

    The following counties were recognized last week at the ACCA Annual Convention for achieving measurable results indicating improved safety and reduced liability exposures in their counties.

    1st Place (each receiving $1,500 and a plaque)

    Henry, Barbour & Houston

    2nd & 3rd Place (each receiving $1,000)

    Marion, Coosa, Chambers, Pickens, DeKalb & Russell

    Congratulations to each of these counties for their successful efforts! For any questions regarding the 2017 Safety Awards program, please contact Henry van Arcken, ACCA Director of Insurance Services (hvanarcken@alabamacounties.org // 334-263-7594).


    5. Veterans Issues Community Forum THIS WEEK

    Veterans, county officials and interested citizens are all invited to a community forum focused on improving services for Alabama’s military veterans. The event is organized by the MyVA Operation Entrust Board, a statewide panel working to improve the full range of services for veterans and their families. This is the third regional community forum, and it is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Tuscaloosa River Market. ACCA is proud to note that Jefferson County Commissioner George Bowman, a retired Army general, serves on the MyVA Operation Entrust Board.

    Hot 5′s Hot Tip

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    It has been exciting to see county officials and employees – and even convention sponsors – spread the word on social media that “Alabama counties work” using the #ALCountiesWork hashtag. The hashtag conveys an important, positive message that is relevant year-round, and you are encouraged to keep using #ALCountiesWork in the months ahead.





    Alabama Legislature in Special Session



    Last Day of Regular Registration | Alabama Jail Training Academy Course, “Officer Responsibilities & Offender Supervision,” Sept. 7-8

    Last Day of Regular Registration | County Government Education Institute Course, “Disaster Preparedness & Recovery,” Sept. 7-8

    10:30 a.m. | Alabama Board of Registrars Task Force


    10 a.m. | Debt Setoff Program Training Webinar