Monday Memo | September 13

  • Published: September 13, 2021

    Remarks from ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield

    By now most counties are ready to adopt the final budget for the coming fiscal year.  This document should be a tool for managing, prioritizing, and implementing the commission’s goals for the next 12 months.  It’s not simply a box to check each fall.  It’s a 12-month process in the effort to implement your vision and to improve your communities.  Stay with it!


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

    Get to Know, communicate with members of ACCA 2021-2022 Legislative Committee

    September marks the annual start to the Association’s legislative development process in which the policy goals, stances, and advocacy efforts of all 67 counties are established for the coming year. And as is now customary, each county is represented in this process through the 68-member ACCA Legislative Committee. Please take a moment to review this year’s members, so you may show your gratitude for the critical role they play in the advancement and protection of Alabama county government —  voicing their county’s legislative needs and concerns, constructing the 2022 County Platform, and leading grassroots efforts back home. Click here to view the list of members constituting ACCA’s 2021-2022 Legislative Committee.

    ACCA staff kicks off 2021 session prep next week with Affiliate Legislative Meetings

    Next week, the legislative committees for counties’ 9-1-1 leaders, emergency managers, and revenue officers join the Association staff as it officially begins its preparation for the 2021 Regular Legislative Session. The county leaders will gather at the Association’s headquarters on Monday and Tuesday to discuss the coming session and provide insight and suggestions for legislation impacting their area of county government. The legislative committee for counties’ engineers is scheduled to meet Thursday, Sept. 30, while the administrators group will meet Monday, Oct. 4. The Minority Issues Steering Committee will conclude the affiliate legislative meetings on Tuesday, October 5.

    One week remains to vote in ERS special election

    ACCA succeeded in 2021 by passing the priority legislation that added two new local government positions (one county-elected and one at-large) to the Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) Board of Control. The voting for the at-large position ends at 4 p.m. Tuesday, September 21. In order to successfully strengthen the voice of county government on the ERS Board, this position needs to be filled by a proven advocate for counties — and former Madison County Commission Chair Mike Gillespie is on the ballot. Members of the County Family are encouraged to consider casting their vote for Gillespie if they have not already submitted a completed ballot. To learn more about the at-large special election, click here.

    30th Annual Golf Bash to take place this week

    The 30th Annual County Golf Bash will take place this Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the Timberline Golf Club in Calera. The event annually allows for county leaders to network with county vendors and for vendors to show their support for county government — all while enjoying a day on the links. Plans for next year’s Golf Bash are still in the works, so be sure to watch your inbox for details — and in the meantime, mark your calendars for September 2022.


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

    Wednesday, September 15
    30th Annual County Golf Bash