Monday Memo | January 23

  • Published: January 23, 2023

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    The tornadoes on January 12 were again a reminder of the importance of effective preparation for Mother Nature’s fury. It also reminded me of the strength and generosity of the people of Alabama. Counties all over the state have reached out to help those hit hardest by the storms. Even in times of trouble, we continue to let our lights shine!


    This week’s need-to-know information from ACCA

    County Leaders to gather in North Alabama for ACCA’s first two District Meetings

    County Family members will gather twice this week to learn more about county legislative goals and other pressing issues at ACCA’s first two District Meetings of 2023. County Family members from North and Northwest Alabama will gather first at the Cook Museum in Decatur on January 24. Then, members from Northeast Alabama will gather at the Classic on Noble in Anniston on January 25. Each meeting will begin with dinner at 6 p.m. We encourage members to register for and attend a District Meeting for opportunities for networking while engaging in the County Family’s legislative efforts.

    There is still plenty of time to register for future meetings. A flyer with complete meeting details is available here.

    ACCA releases Comparative Data report for Alabama counties

    The Association is proud to announce the recent release of its “Comparative Data on Alabama Counties: Part I” report, which is linked here. The report offers an overview of county government throughout our state, comparing Alabama’s 67 counties in several essential areas. 

    The Association staff thanks those counties that submitted data and encourages all 67 counties to utilize this information and participate in upcoming data collection. As plans are made to release the next report, please direct any suggestions or questions to

    Wage and Salary information now available for County Family

    County Family Members can now access the full 2022 Alabama Wage and Salary Survey report here. The report, published by Auburn’s Government and Economic Development Institute, provides a comprehensive rundown of wage and salary information for county positions. 

    The Association Staff thanks those counties that provided information for the survey. County Family members are encouraged to contact Auburn University’s Jonathan Gross with questions.

    Registration continues for CGEI Overview of County Government class

    County Leaders are encouraged to register today for the County Government Education Institute’s (CGEI) Overview of County Government class, scheduled for February 1-2 at the Marriott Prattville Hotel & Conference Center, before spots run out.

    The class provides a general overview of the workings of county government, including topics such as the role of the county commission, the functions of county commission offices and departments, interplay with other county offices and the many constitutional and statutory provisions that dictate how county government works. A class agenda is available here.

    County Family encouraged to attend Broadband TAP program events

    County Leaders are encouraged to join representatives this week from the Alabama Digital Expansion Division of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) for the Alabama Community Broadband Technical Assistance Program’s in-person kickoff events.

    The informational sessions are designated to provide technical assistance to counties to understand broadband gaps and opportunities while simultaneously positioning counties to enact policies supportive of future broadband development. The program will hold five in-person events across the state from January 23-31. Please click here for more information on these meetings, including an agenda.


    Wednesday, January 24, 6 p.m.
    District Meeting #1 | Cook Museum of Natural Science, Decatur, AL

    Thursday, January 25, 6 p.m.
    District Meeting #2 | Classic on Noble, Anniston, AL