Talking Points | Hot 5

  • Published: July 27, 2015

    1. Talking Points: ACCA Convention 

    What will my county gain when I go to the ACCA Convention? Longtime county officials and employees might say the benefits are “too many to count,” but some things can be counted. For starters, there are at least 29 education credits that can be earned toward continuing education or completion of various programs by:

    • Commissioners;
    • County administrators;
    • County engineers and staff;
    • 9-1-1 directors and staff;
    • Revenue officers;
    • Emergency managers.

    Here are a few more Reasons You Don’t Want to Miss Your ACCA Convention.


    2. AL Counties Leading @ the National Level

    Congratulations to the following Alabamians who have received 2015-2016 leadership appointments in NACo:

    • Richie Beyer, Engineer, Elmore County – Vice Chair, Highway/Highway Safety Subcommittee, Transportation Steering Committee;
    • Sonny Brasfield, Executive Director, ACCA – Defined Contribution and Retirement Advisory Committee;
    • Albert Turner, Commissioner, Perry County –  Vice Chair, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee;
    • Roy Waite, EMA Director, Clarke County – Vice Chair Homeland Security and Emergency Management Subcommittee, Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee;
    • Larry White, Commissioner, Escambia County – Chair, Rural Development Subcommittee, Agriculture and Rural Affairs Steering Committee.


    3. Debt Set Off Deadline

    If your county is interested in joining the Income Tax Set Off Program for Counties, please review this memo with forms for details about what has to be done by Aug. 14. The service has worked well in its first year, and now the pilot program is open statewide. This service allows counties to seek payments of debts through off-setting a portion of the debtor’s Alabama state income tax refund. Counties will have the opportunity to sign up once a year.


    4. Full Steam Ahead for AAEM

    The leadership of the Alabama Association of Emergency Managers no doubt has big plans for the coming year. Congratulations to the newly elected board, and thank you for your service!

    • President Kathrine Carson, Lee County EMA
    • President-Elect Mike Evans, Mobile County EMA
    • 2nd Vice President Jonathan Gaddy, Calhoun County EMA
    • Past President Anita McBurnett, Marshall County EMA
    • Area Directors Johnny Brock, Conecuh County EMA; Ronnie Dollar, Henry County; EMA Deandre Kimbrough, Perry County EMA; Bob Franklin, Russell County EMA; James Burnett, Winston County EMA; Scott Worsham, Madison County EMA;  Hub Harvey, Shelby County EMA and LaTonya Stephens, Alabama EMA


    5. Proposed Licensing Changes for Professional Engineers

    The Alabama Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors has organized a series of Town Hall Meetings throughout the state to share info and get feedback on proposed changes to the rules and law governing licensing for these professions. The meetings begin Wednesday evening in Mobile. The proposals and a complete schedule are online at


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