Status: Comparative Data | HOT 5

  • Published: May 16, 2016
  • This Week’s Top 5 Things You Need to Know

    PLUS… HOT TIP: Facebook Friends in High Places
    PLUS… Key Dates This Week

    1. Status Report: Comparative Data Survey

    When counties completed the Comparative Data Survey, they provided an incredibly detailed look at county government that can only come from hours of careful, painstaking work. To ensure that your valuable input is properly reflected in the published version, the ACCA staff is now carefully reviewing a draft and verifying data. The target date for publication is mid-summer, and appreciation is expressed to each person who has contributed to what will be a unique reference tool for counties.


    2. The Unified Voice’s Impact at the State House

    The Association passed nine of its priority bills and one joint resolution this legislative session. The ACCA staff is happy to report that Governor Bentley has signed all of county government’s priority legislation into law.

    ACCA Priority Legislation Signed by the Governor in 2016

    In the coming weeks, the staff will email county leaders and employees the annual comprehensive legislative report – which will include an overview of all the local bills that passed. In the meantime, please contact a member of the Association’s policy team with any questions about the 2016 regular session.


    3. County Government Excellence

    Last week’s conferences of the Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA) and the Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA) were filled with professional development and discussions of timely issues in county government. In addition, a number of recognitions were awarded. Congrats all around!

    • County Engineer of the Year – Richard Grace, Madison County
    • John F. Courson Excellence in County Engineering Award – Joe Ruffer, Mobile County
    • ACEA Richard R. Spraggins Scholarships– Joseph Bridges and Adam Harrison
    • County Administrator of the Year Clarissa Dear (retired), Wilcox County
    • ACAA Service Awards – 15 years: Susan B. Thomas, Macon County, & Cheryl Bowles, Pickens County; 10 years: Tim Burgess, Cherokee County


    4. New Ethics Chief to Kick Off CGEI Class

    Tom Albritton, director of the Alabama Ethics Commission, is confirmed to speak to next month’s ethics class offered by the County Government Education Institute (CGEI). His presentations will kick off two days filled with practical information about how the Alabama Ethics Law applies to the day-to-day operation of county government for both elected officials and public employees.

    Ethics is a required course for the following CGEI professional certification programs: administrators, engineers, 9-1-1/emergency communication districts and revenue officers. In addition, county attorneys will want to note that the course is Alabama Bar Association approved for 11.0 CLE credits (including 7.0 ethics credits).

    Commissioners are encouraged to take this class as well, which can be used to satisfy the ethics requirement of the Alabama Local Government Training Institute’s commissioner education program.

    The last day to register is next week – Wednesday, May 25. To review the agenda or register online, please use the link below:

    Ethics for Public Officials & Employees
    County Government Education Institute
    June 8-9, 2016
    Prattville, Alabama


    5. Two County Representatives Tapped for Task Force

    The Alabama Disaster Recovery and Resiliency Task Force, established by Gov. Robert Bentley, is about to begin its examination of the growing funding pressure on state and local emergency management efforts. The task force’s deliberations will benefit from the active participation of county government representatives, including:

    Coffee County Commissioner Dean Smith
    Appointed by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama

    Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer
    Appointed by the Association of County Engineers of Alabama

    (An appointment from the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers is forthcoming.)

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    Facebook Friends in High Places

    Are you Facebook friends with your member(s) of the U.S. House of Representatives?

    All seven Alabama members of the U.S. House of Representatives are actively engaged on social media, and “friending” them on Facebook opens up another avenue for facebook-colorrelationship-building. You can keep up with their activities, and, if you notice something special, you could express your appreciation about it the next time you communicate with them directly.

    These links to go straight to their official Facebook pages (Note: Names are listed as they appear on Facebook):

    District 1
    U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne

    District 2
    Representative Martha Roby

    District 3
    Congressman Mike D. Rogers

    District 4
    Robert Aderholt

    District 5
    Congressman Mo Brooks

    District 6
    Congressman Gary Palmer

    District 7
    Terri A. Sewell



    → 10:30 a.m. – Webinar, Association of County Administrators of Alabama (ACAA)



    → 2 p.m. – Webinar, Association of County Engineers of Alabama (ACEA)


    FRIDAY, MAY 20

    → Last Day for Regular Registration, Alabama Association of Emergency Managers Summer Conference & Governor’s Preparedness Conference