Improving Communication | Hot 5

  • Published: June 6, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS… HOT TIP: Getting LinkedIn to ACCA
    PLUS… Key Dates This Week


    1. Help the Association Improve Communication with Membership

    The Association staff is calling for volunteers to serve on the newly-formed ACCA Communications Committee. This committee is designed to evaluate and make recommendations on the various ways the ACCA staff communicates with members. The committee will review and discuss a number of communications-related issues – from the use of email and webinars to the utilization of the ACCA website. It will also explore the role social media, surveys, smart phone apps and other technological advances can play in the Association’s future communication efforts.

    Ideally, the committee will consist of county commissioners joined by at least one (1) county leader from each affiliate group, and it will have representation from various parts of the state. In order to limit travel for committee members, the Association staff will make every effort to use the webinar system and other communication tools as platforms for discussion.

    If you are interested in learning more about serving on the ACCA Communications Committee, please contact Terri Reynolds at


    2. Liability Fund Property Program Update

    The ACCA Liability Self-Insurance Fund, Inc., Board of Trustees met last Thursday and adopted the Fund’s Property Program Participation Agreement and Coverage Document and discussed the transition process for Meadowbrook’s STAR property counties to transfer to the ACCA Liability Fund Property Program. More details will be forthcoming following the next meeting of the trustees on August 4, 2016. Questions? Contact Henry van Arcken (334-263-7594 or


    3. Understanding DOL’s New Overtime Rule

    The U.S. Department of Labor has released a new rule which will extend overtime protections to more salaried employees. The new rule will go into effect on December 1 of this year, which gives six months to prepare for changes that will impact county employees and county budgets. The Association is reviewing the final rule and will provide information and resources in the coming weeks to help you understand the changes and prepare for implementation. The final rule is available at the link below.

    New Rule Expanding Overtime Eligibility
    U.S. Department of Labor

    4. NACo Deadlines for Steering Committees & Policy Resolutions

    With the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference coming up next month, there are a number of important deadlines in the next few weeks.

    THIS Friday (June 10, 2016)
    Last Day of Early Bird Discount for Conference Registration

    NEXT Friday (June 17, 2016)
    Nomination Forms for NACo’s Steering Committees Due to ACCA

    Agriculture & Rural Affairs
    Community, Economic & Workforce Development
    Environment, Energy & Land Use
    Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs
    Human Services & Education
    Justice & Public Safety
    Public Lands
    Telecommunications & Technology

    Wednesday, June 22, 2016
    Proposed Policy Resolutions due to NACo



    5. What’s Your Leadership PLAN?

    Nearly two years ago, a group of newly-elected second-term commissioners launched ACCA’s Practical Leadership Action Network (PLAN) to accelerate their growth as effective county leaders. They have built relationships with their colleagues around the state, gained expertise in the specialized functions of county government and engaged with the Association’s affiliate groups and governing boards. Some instructional sessions have focused on specific leadership skills, and commissioners have gained additional hands-on experience advocating for county interests at the state and federal levels.

    At the ACCA Annual Convention in August, members of the PLAN 2016 class will report on their individual “passion projects” in their home counties, and they will also graduate from the program. Here’s what Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey had to say about the experience:

    It is easy to see the similarity between Baldwin County issues
    compared to Lee County, but we also see the challenges in
    counties like Sumter that have completely different demographics.
    Each of us wants to build a safer community with greater opportunities
    for our friends and neighbors that have let us serve as commissioners.

    An informational session will also be held at the convention for commissioners interested in being part of the PLAN 2018 class, which is open to commissioners beginning their second terms of office in November of this year. To participate, commissioners are required to have completed the Level 1 education program from the Alabama Local Government Training Institute. For more information, contact Terri Reynolds ( or Donna Key (


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

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    Getting LinkedIn to ACCA

    To a great degree, Alabama counties work because of the high-caliber professionals who bring a world of public services to citizens every single day. For that reason, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) has joined LinkedIn, a social media platform that is dedicated to helping professionals become more productive and successful. 

    Use this link to connect with ACCA on LinkedIn

    If your county or county agency is using LinkedIn, please let ACCA know by emailing Terri Reynolds (




    Practical Leadership Action Network (PLAN) Nightcap


    Ethics for Public Officials & Employees, County Government Education Institute (CGEI)


    2 p.m., Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) Webinar


    10-11 a.m., “Zika Virus: Information for Local Elected Officials” webcast by the Alabama Department of Public Health

    Last Day for Early Bird Registration Discount, National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference


    National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Conference begins