Hot 5: National Co. Engineer of Year

  • Published: April 27, 2015

    National Rural County Engineer of the Year from Elmore Co., AL

    Hearty congratulations are extended to County Engineer Richie Beyer from Elmore County, who has been named the 2015 Rural County Engineer of the Year by the National Association of County Engineers (NACE). Richie is a past president of NACE and the Association of County Engineers of Alabama, and this recognition speaks both to his professional accomplishments and to the strength of county engineering throughout Alabama. In recent years, Joe Ruffer of Mobile County and Randy Cole of Shelby County have also been recognized as county engineer of the year in the urban category.


    2014-2015 SIDP Deputy Training Announced 

    Required training for deputies for the 2014-2015 Safety Incentive Discount Program (SIDP) will be the attendance of a minimum of two (2) deputies at any BELOW 100 Intensive Training Courses taken between Jan. 1, 2015, and Sept. 30, 2015.  However, deputies attending this training between these dates should not be the same deputies who attended the training last year.  Below 100 Intensive Training Courses will be held in Sylacauga on June 16 and 17.  Also a Below 100 Instructor Training will be held on the afternoon of June 16 in Sylacauga so “trained” deputies could offer Below 100 courses in their own county.  (Note: the Instructor Training does not count toward the SIDP requirement.)  Other Below 100 Intensive Training Courses will be held at various locations this summer.  Dates and locations will be posted on the ACCA website as they become available.  Questions?  Contact Henry van Arcken or Marcia Collier


    Fuel Up for a New Day at the ACCA Convention 

    It’s time to register for the 2015 ACCA Convention and book your accommodations so you can “Fuel Up for a New Day.” County officials who participate Aug. 18-20 in Orange Beach will head home equipped with actionable information and innovative ideas for tackling the challenges at home on a range of issues – from prison reform to transportation to economic development. Get more details


    Apply for 2015 Aspire Award from Nationwide, NACo 

    Nationwide and NACo are partnering on a new award to honor innovative leadership in promoting county employee retirement savings. Counties participating in NACo Deferred Compensation Program offered by Nationwide could be recognized at the NACo Annual Conference if the county has succeeded in boosting participation in the program. See this brochure for details. Application deadline is May 15.


    ACCA Strategic Plan Progress

    What do these things have in common – funding for all county services, transportation, jail/law enforcement needs and local economic development? Those are the top challenges facing Alabama counties over the next five years, according to county officials and employees. This is just part of the data being considered by ACCA’s Team 2021 as members work to develop a new strategic plan for the Association, which is scheduled for discussion at the ACCA convention in August.



    Note: ACCA is not observing today’s state holiday, so the office will be open regular hours.


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