Monday Memo | March 23

  • Published: March 23, 2020

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    A new week dawned this morning, and once again, we’re uncertain of what lies ahead. Over the past few days, we’ve shared information, discussed our options and — collectively — made the best decisions possible. Right now, your community needs your leadership and is looking to county government in a way unlike any other time in history. Continue to rely on one another and on the Association as we serve those dependent on our vision and understanding.


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

    ACCA website is source for COVID-19 county information, documents

    As always and especially amid the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, the Association’s goal is to serve as a resource for and repository of helpful information and guidance to county governments. Are you in need of a sample public notice or resolution related to COVID-19? Are you interested in viewing state proclamations and orders issued in response to the virus? Are you curious as to the status of county courthouse operations across the state during this tumultuous time? Look no further than the ACCA website, your official source for all county-specific COVID-19 details. Click here to access the Association’s coronavirus landing page, or visit and click on the “Coronavirus Information” button.

    Latest COVID-19 webinar scheduled for today at 3 p.m.

    Calling All County Commission Members, Administrators and Attorneys! The Association will conduct its next COVID-19 (coronavirus) webinar today, March 23, at 3 p.m. The webinar will feature insight from today’s scheduled meeting of the Governor’s Coronavirus Task Force; legal guidance based on the passage of recent federal aid packages; and additional timely details related to counties’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recording of the webinar, along with the materials used and referenced during the webinar, will be circulated shortly after its conclusion. To join us for today’s 3 p.m. webinar, register here.

    ACCA staff working from home, accessible via email

    The Association staff began working from home Thursday as a precautionary measure amid the rapidly evolving COVID-19 (coronavirus) situation. All county government officials and employees should know that the ACCA staff continues to be available and has access to all of the necessary resources to best serve you during this time. The ACCA office at 2 North Jackson Street is closed until at least Monday, March 30, but in the meantime, counties can contact Association staff members via email for a most efficient response to county needs and requests. Click here for an ACCA staff email directory.

    ACCA Insurance participants asked to submit claims electronically

    Attention, All County Participants in the ACCA Insurance Funds! The staff at County Risk Services (CRS) is working remotely to mitigate the risk associated with COVID-19 (coronavirus). For this reason, until Monday, April 6, all county participants are asked to electronically submit any insurance claim forms to the appropriate claims email address —, or

    COVID-19 brings changes to county government events; Updated ACCA Calendar available

    A number of upcoming events impacting Alabama’s county governments have been rescheduled, postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Notable event changes thus far are as follows:

    • March 25-26 | AJTA: Inmate Management | POSTPONED
    • April 1 | ACCA County Day | CANCELLED
    • April 8-9 | CGEI: Personnel Administration | POSTPONED
    • April 15 | ACCA County Day | CANCELLED
    • April 16 | SIDP: Safety Coordinator Training | POSTPONED
    • April 16 | SIDP: Public Officials/Administrative Staff & Supervisors “Loss Training” | POSTPONED
    • April 19-23 | NACE Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference | CANCELLED
    • July 14 | Primary Runoff Election | RESCHEDULED – NEW DATE

    County leaders are encouraged to update their printed ACCA Calendars to reflect these changes and/or utilize this revised electronic ACCA Calendar. For questions related to the aforementioned events, contact Public Relations Manager Marty Stokes.

    Goat Hill Prep, Glance emails suspended until further notice

    Due to the volatility surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its current uncertain impact on the 2020 Regular Legislative Session, the Association’s weekly legislative emails — the Goat Hill Prep and Goat Hill Glance — will be suspended until more concrete plans are determined regarding legislators’ return to work in Montgomery.


    A resource for Tweet2Advocate competition sample tweets and standings

    Tweet2Advocate Competition Sample Tweet – Tweet this now!

    (Copy and paste the blue text directly below.)

    As a member of Ala. county government, I’d like to thank our federal lawmakers for working around the clock to create & pass legislative aid packages to help combat the #COVID19 pandemic & provide relief to citizens during this tumultuous time. #ALpolitics #Your County #Your Affiliate Acronym

    How do you tweet this?

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    A collection of news stories impacting and/or featuring the County Family

    Virus could alter Legislative Session, budgets

    Alabama prisons block new jail intakes for 30 days amid coronavirus pandemic

    Gov. Kay Ivey postpones March 31 runoff because of coronavirus

    Congress and White House pass second COVID-19 legislative package, look to third

    At a glance: Nearly $2 trillion coronavirus rescue package

    Saving lives, restoring the economy — county governments try to keep up with COVID-19

    Commission votes to close Colbert County Courthouse to public

    Lawrence County, Moulton declare states of emergency

    Limestone County, Athens sign emergency proclamations

    Morgan County declares state of emergency to deal with COVID-19

    Morgan County shuts down courthouse as employee awaits result of COVID-19 test

    Marshall County Probate Office closes, suspends non-emergency court proceedings

    DeKalb County officials discuss COVID-19 closure plan

    Cullman County declares state of emergency

    Drive-thru coronavirus testing now at Cullman Ag Center

    Etowah County Courthouse to remain open despite coronavirus

    Etowah County sets curfew for school-age children

    Cherokee County facilities closed to the public, use of online services recommended

    St. Clair declares state of local emergency in response to coronavirus

    Calhoun County closings, cancellations due to coronavirus concerns

    Tuscaloosa County declares state of emergency

    Jefferson County has suspended nonessential businesses; Here’s what that means

    Hair salons, retail stores added to list of mandatory closures by Jefferson County health officer

    Randolph County closes courthouse to the public

    Chilton County groups planning around coronavirus outbreak

    Marengo County to close certain public buildings on March 23

    Dallas County Commission makes announcements in response to COVID-19 pandemic

    Montgomery County offices closed to public until March 31

    Lee County enacts emergency COVID-19 plans

    Houston County Commission discontinues in-person transactions

    Dothan/Houston County EMA hosts Joint Information Center press conference

    COVID-19: Escambia County Courthouses closed to public until April 5

    Covington County closing offices, buildings to public; Andalusia to limit access to city hall

    Coffee County Commission releases important information to know during COVID-19 situation in Alabama

    Mobile County Commission encourages online services, limiting access to offices

    9-1-1 dispatchers help first responders by screening for COVID-19

    COVID-19 confinement: Jails in Cleburne, Calhoun counties adjust to ultra-clean routine

    Auto supplier HTNA expanding in Walker County to serve Mazda Toyota Manufacturing