Hot 5: Welcome to Montgomery!

  • Published: December 1, 2014
  • Welcome to Montgomery!

    The ACCA officers, board members and staff are looking forward to welcoming county officials and employees to the Capital City this week. The ACCA Legislative Conference is where important decisions are made for the one voice of county government for the upcoming year, and there are several other events as well. There’s orientation for new commissioners, a workshop for emergency managers and the first gathering for participants in PLAN, the Practical Leadership Action Network. See you there!


    Encroachment Changes

    This week both the Association’s Board of Directors and the county engineers will consider changes to the County Road Design Policy to provide relief on the mandatory movement of all fences on county right-of-ways.  Many thanks to Ed Phillips and Mark Bartlett for their leadership and support of this important change that should resolve many local disputes and save counties construction dollars.


    Stay safe on the roads

    County employees and officials travel many miles in the course of their duties every day of the week. Despite advances in safety equipment in the vehicles, vehicle accidents remain a top cause of employee fatalities. This two-page flyer, 10 steps to a safe driving program, contains helpful tips for starting a safety program in the area that could also be used as a checklist to evaluate your county’s current efforts on everything from training to crash reporting. Questions? Contact Henry van Arcken (334-263-7594 or


    Pointers for Personnel Administration

    It doesn’t matter if you work in the highway department, emergency management or in the administrator’s office, if you work in county government, you are in the people business. And if you have any responsibility for hiring, disciplining or supervising others, you can avoid more than a few headaches with some education about human resources. The County Government Education Institute is offering the Personnel Administration course, Jan. 28-29, 2015, in Prattville. Register now to reserve your seat, which is a basic-level course that can be used toward all CGEI certifications.


    Staff Change

    Today John Hamm becomes the Governmental Affairs Manager for the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.  John served for three years as a member of the Association’s lobbying team and managed the ACCA Joint Bid Program and played a major role in the enhancement of training for jail personnel in Alabama. We wish John well in his new position.


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