Monday Memo | May 15

  • Published: May 15, 2023

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    There isn’t much that’s less exciting than the details of reinsurance coverage for our funds and similar county-operated programs around the country. But this week, I’ll turn my attention to cost-savings with colleagues from other county associations. Our ideas should turn into savings in the future — and that is exciting, especially with budget season around the corner.


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

    Two ACCA legislative priorities become law, take effect August 1

    ACCA priority bills SB33 and SB108 became law this past week and are now scheduled to take effect August 1, 2023.

    Act 2023-130 (SB33) will prohibit municipalities from setting speed limits on county-maintained roads inside city limits without conducting a speed study and receiving County Engineer approval. Read this new law in its entirety here. Act 2023-135 (SB108) will make a myriad of changes to the process and procedures counties utilize under Alabama’s Competitive Bid Law, the most notable change being an increase in the bid threshold (from $15,000 to $30,000) at which the Competitive Bid Law applies. Read this new law here.

    County Leaders to gather Tuesday in Montgomery for ACCA’s fourth County Advocacy Day

    As the 2023 Legislative Session enters its final stretch, County Leaders from across the state will travel to Montgomery tomorrow, May 16, for ACCA’s fourth County Advocacy Day. The day will begin — like those before — at ACCA headquarters at 11:30 a.m. and will feature lunch and a legislative briefing before members head over to the Alabama Statehouse for an afternoon of legislative advocacy.

    ACCA’s most recent County Advocacy Day was a great success thanks to County Family members’ presence and face-to-face advocacy on Goat Hill. Registration for remaining County Advocacy Days is available at the bottom of the “2023 Legislative Session” tab on the County Family online community. Please contact ACCA’s Events and Education Team with any questions.

    ACAA elects new leadership, recognizes outgoing president at 2023 ACAA Conference

    County Administrators gathered in Orange Beach this past week for the 2023 ACAA (Administrators) Conference. At the Conference, Administrators learned more about various topics related to the role in county government before electing new leadership, honoring their outgoing president and recognizing the 2023 Administrator of the Year.

    On the Conference’s second day, Administrators successfully elected the following slate of leaders during ACAA’s Business Session:

    • President: John Bullard (Cullman)
    • First Vice President: Roger Creekmore (Colbert)
    • Second Vice President: Cheryl Bowles (Pickens)

    ACAA Past President Rod Morgan was awarded ACAA’s 2023 County Administrator of the Year. Administrators also honored outgoing ACAA President Stephanie Brown at the Conference’s President’s Lunch and Awards Ceremony. ACCA thoroughly enjoyed the Conference and looks forward to future affiliate conferences this summer.

    County Leaders urged to utilize Online Community’s “95th Convention” tab

    Have you explored the County Family online community’s “95th Convention” tab? The tab is designed to serve as a one-stop shop for County Family members wishing to learn more about the Association’s largest event — the ACCA 95th Convention.

    The tab includes important information and links for early registration as well as on-site and off-site hotel accommodations. Essential elections and awards information can also be found on the page. During the summer, members will also be able to gain access to the Convention agenda. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact the ACCA Director of Communication and Engagement Abby Fitzpatrick with any online community related questions.


    Tuesday, May 16, 11:30 a.m.
    ACCA County Advocacy Day #4 | ACCA Headquarters