Monday Memo | March 16

  • Published: March 16, 2020

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    Friday morning, we distributed suggested action items for counties bracing for the uncharted waters of COVID-19. By mid-afternoon, President Donald Trump had declared a national state of emergency, setting in motion an even more rapidly changing environment. No one knows what today — or the remainder of the week — will bring. Collectively, counties need to learn from one another, present a unified voice and address the challenges in a way that best benefits our citizens. As always, the Association is here to help.


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

    ACCA offers advice on responding to coronavirus at county level

    On Friday, the Association released a detailed overview of county government recommendations on preparing for and responding to COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus. The recommendations assume the County Commission will take a proactive approach to the COVID-19 circumstances and begin work immediately on adjustments that may or may not become necessary in the days or weeks ahead. You can view the Association’s COVID-19 recommendations for county government here. Counties considering making a statement or distributing a press release to the media can also utilize this COVID-19 county commission press release template.

    Coronavirus webinars scheduled for today, Wednesday

    Calling All County Commission Chairs and Administrators! The Association will conduct two special webinars this week related to COVID-19, commonly referred to as the coronavirus. The first webinar will take place today, March 16, at 3 p.m. and will provide the most up-to-date insight on statewide plans for COVID-19 response. The second webinar will be held Wednesday, March 18, at 10:30 a.m. and will focus on the latest recommendations for county government response to the virus and proactive steps being taken across Alabama’s county governments. Commission Chairs and Administrators are encouraged to join the Wednesday webinar prepared to share efforts being made in their county to effectively slow the spread of COVID-19 amid continued local government services. To register to join us for these webinars, click on the aforementioned webinar dates and times linked above.

    Postponed: March 19-20 ALGTI course on Roles, Responsibilities of Commission Chair

    Attention, County Commission Members! This week’s Alabama Local Government Training Institute course — Roles and Responsibilities of the Chair of the County Commission — has been postponed until a later date to be determined. The new dates for the course will be announced once they are finalized. In the meantime, please know that registrations for the previously scheduled March 19-20 course will be transferred to the newly scheduled course, and Auburn University will issue refunds to registrants who become unable to participate due to a rescheduling conflict.

    Goat Hill Prep to return next week after Legislature’s spring break

    The Association’s weekly Monday email about the legislative week ahead, referred to as the Goat Hill Prep, will be suspended for this week due to the Alabama Legislature’s spring break. With members of the House of Representatives scheduled to return to Montgomery next week, the Goat Hill Prep will return to county advocates’ email inboxes Monday, March 23.


    A resource for Tweet2Advocate competition sample tweets and standings

    Tweet2Advocate Competition Sample Tweet – Tweet this now!

    (Copy and paste the blue text directly below.)

    I’d like to thank the many members of the State Legislature who have spent the past several weeks in Montgomery away from their homes and their families to work toward a better Alabama. All 67 counties appreciate your hard work and dedication! #ALpolitics #Your County #Your Affiliate Acronym

    How do you tweet this?

    Step 1: Copy the blue text above.
    Step 2: Open your Twitter app or visit and log in.
    Step 3: Find the quill pen icon (app) or the “Tweet” button (online). Tap/click on it.
    Step 4: Paste the copied text into the text box that appears. Remember to type in #Your County (e.g., #Autauga, #Winston) at the end of the tweet. County Employees — remember to also include your affiliate acronym (e.g., #ACAA, #CROAA).
    Step 5: Press “Tweet.” You’re done! Congrats!

    Tweet2Advocate Competition Standings


    This week’s important ACCA-related events, trainings, deadlines, etc.

    Monday, March 16 – Tuesday, March 24

    Alabama Legislature’s Spring Break