Getting Ready | Hot 5

  • Published: November 16, 2015

    1. Getting Ready

    The ACCA Legislative Committee and a similar panel from the Alabama Sheriffs Association met last week to focus attention on the 2016 regular session of the Alabama Legislature.  The financial consequences of the new prison reform law was front and center during the two-hour session, but policies were also developed on changes to Alabama’s gun laws and unfunded legislation requiring annual training for deputies.


    2. Putting it in Writing

    The 2016 Alabama County Platform will be adopted during the Association’s Business Meeting on December 3 at The Hotel at Auburn University’s conference center.  The document, based on input from a series of meetings this fall, includes 11 Foundation Principles that detail the Association’s official position on the important issues facing counties and the state of Alabama.  Every county commission should be represented at the Legislative Conference beginning on December 2 and at the Business Meeting to conclude the session.


    3. Milestone for Alabama Jail Training Academy

    When this week’s Officer Responsibilities & Offender Supervision class wraps up, it will mark the completion of the Alabama Jail Training Academy’s first year of classes. Participation has been strong, and 30 county correctional officers have earned certification. Jail claims represent the greatest number of losses to the county self- insurance funds, and the counties represented by these 30 newly certified correctional officers have made a wise investment in the financial future of their county – and all fund member counties. All counties are encouraged – especially those that have not yet participated in this high-quality training – to make the Alabama Jail Training Academy a priority in 2016, starting with Inmate Management on Feb. 16-17. Registration is open now, and use this link to access the AJTA 2016 Schedule & Registration. For more information contact Henry van Arcken at 334-263-7594 or


    4. DRIVE Alabama Website is LIVE!
    The DRIVE Alabama website is now LIVE and ready for visitors! Your hard work on this campaign is paying off, and the DRIVE Alabama website ( offers a place for county officials and employees to promote their county’s infrastructure needs. Our next big task is to make sure our message reaches the entire state.

    County Commissioners, Administrators, Engineers and Department Heads are asked to make a hard push this week to spread the word about the DRIVE Alabama campaign! Here is how you can help:

    1. Email your friends to tell them about the DRIVE Alabama campaign. Ask them to take a moment to visit the website. To aid these efforts, the ACCA staff has prepared a draft email (Word .doc) for you to send to your friends and colleagues across the state.

    2. Share the DRIVE Alabama message via social media. Here are a few suggested posts for you can “cut and paste” this week to help drive people to the new website:

    3. If you haven’t done so, be sure to LIKE and FOLLOW DRIVE Alabama on Facebook and Twitter. Invite your friends to do the same; and share the posts from the DRIVE Alabama social media accounts with your family and friends.

    Again, thank you for all of your efforts! The ACCA staff looks forward to sharing additional updates on the DRIVE Alabama campaign at the upcoming Legislative Convention. In the meantime, if your county needs assistance in sending media packets to local newspapers and TV stations, or you would like assistance in submitting an opinion editorial to your local newspaper, please contact Terri Reynolds at


    5. ACCA 2016 Directory: Edits needed by TODAY

    Thank you to the 50+ counties that have submitted their updates for the 2016 ACCA Directory! For the remaining counties, there is still time to get the information in before today’s deadline.

    Each Administrator should have received an email on Nov. 5th titled “HELP REQUESTED!! 2016 ACCA Directory” that included updated information for their county. Administrators who did not receive the email should contact a member of the ACCA staff as soon as possible to request that information.

    Each county is asked to email or fax their updates to Terri Reynolds by 4:00pm TODAY. Those counties requiring an updated photograph to include new commissioners, have until (Friday) Nov. 20th to email the photo. If you have any questions or need any additional information, please contact Terri at

    The ACCA staff would also like to take a moment to thank all the County Administrators for their commitment to updating this information each year. We receive countless comments from county employees, elected officials, and vendors across the state about the value of the Directory. Your efforts are appreciated!


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