June 2010 Volume 4, Issue 6 Past issues | Printer Friendly | Advertise | eMagazine Archives


General County Government

  • Chair:  Roger Boatright, Bacon County Chairman 
  • Vice Chair:  Kathy Morgan, Newton County Chairman 


Natural Resources & Environment

  • Chair:  Randy Waskul, Whitfield County Commissioner
  • Vice Chair:  Billy Webster, Putman County Commissioner


Economic Development & Transportation

  • Chair:  Richard Oden, Rockdale County Chairman
  • Vice Chair:  Jason Winters, Chattooga County Sole Commissioner 


Revenue & Finance

  • Chair:  Hunter Bicknell, Jackson County Chairman
  • Vice Chair:  Lynne Riley, Fulton County Commissioner


Public Safety & Courts

  • Chair:  Donnie Hester, Tift County Commissioner
  • Vice Chair:  David Austin, Paulding County Chairman


Health & Human Services

  • Chair:  Rick Gardner, Bryan County Commissioner
  • Vice Chair:  Desse Davis, Emanuel County Commissioner























































This year, ACCG continued the Directory Photo Contest and accepted submissions from all Georgia counties.  This winning photo of the sunset from a Camden County dock was taken in 2009 by Camden County employee June Pounds.  Thank you for all of the photographs submitted!  Be sure to look for other submissions throughout the 2010 ACCG Membership Directory.






ACCG welcomed Stefanie Mueller, Matthew Berry and Cameron Jones in May to assist the association's policy, research and legal staff with various projects over the summer months. Stefanie will work with the association's legal team as the legal intern whereas Matthew and Cameron will work with the association's policy team as policy interns. Each intern will be afforded the opportunity to attend and plan policy meetings, perform research on a number of topics and interact with ACCG staff as they perform their daily duties for the association.

Stefanie Mueller (pictured left) is currently a rising second year student at the University of Georgia School of Law.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she graduated as a Carolina Scholar with Highest Distinction.  While at Carolina she served as counsel for the Attorney General Staff of the University Honor Court. After receiving her law degree, she would like to work in the area of environmental law and sustainable development.  While at ACCG, Stefanie will serve as the author of the Counties and the Law Newsletter, update several ACCG publications, create an election guide for county officials, and work on additional tasks as assigned by the legal team.

Matthew Berry (pictured middle) completed his first year in the Masters of Public Administration program at the University of Georgia in May, with a specialization in Public Policy.  He also attended the University of Georgia for his undergraduate degree, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.  Matthew is a lifelong Georgian and upon completing his degree hopes to work in state government in a capacity that fosters cooperation with counties and municipalities.  Over the duration of the internship, Matthew will update SPLOST information, create election and association lists, research fine and fee revenue, and handle additional projects as assigned by the policy team.

Cameron Jones (pictured right) is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program within the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and will begin his second year of graduate studies this fall.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia with bachelor's degrees in Psychology and Religion in 2008. Cameron was a four-time recipient of Dean's List honors, a two-time recipient of Presidential Scholar honors and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Upon completion of his graduate degree, Cameron plans to work for a local government or quasi-governmental organization with a focus on policy development.  Over the course of the internship, Cameron will work on a special LOST project, create election and association lists and perform additional projects as assigned by the policy team.



ATLANTA, Ga.  (May 26, 2010) – The Board of Trustees for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia-Interlocal Risk Management Agency (ACCG-IRMA) voted to return a dividend in the amount of $1,750,000 to the ACCG-IRMA membership.  ACCG-IRMA is a non-profit, member-owned property and liability insurance pool designed to meet the insurance needs of Georgia county governments.

"The dividend that we approved is the largest in the program's 23-year history and represents 40 percent increase over last year's $1.25 million dividend," said Charlie Newton, McDuffie County chairman and chairman of the ACCG-IRMA Board of Trustees.  "ACCG-IRMA provides an outstanding service to counties and authorities throughout the state and allows us to cost-effectively manage our insurance needs." 

This marks the eighth consecutive year that ACCG-IRMA has returned a dividend, which is intended to benefit the long-term participants of the insurance program.  Since 1997, ACCG-IRMA has returned more than $11.85 million dollars to the membership.  ACCG-IRMA will return the dividend in the form of a premium credit to members that have participated in the program since the October 1, 2001 – 2002 policy period. 

"The ACCG insurance programs are a valuable benefit available to Georgia counties and authorities," said ACCG Executive Director Ross King.  "The insurance programs continue to offer a stable source of insurance, with unsurpassed claim service, to our membership."

ACCG-IRMA provides a wide range of coverage for its members including property, automobile, general liability, law enforcement liability, crime and other exposures.  Because county governments are responsible for many programs and services not commonly provided by the private sector, such as law enforcement, jails and road maintenance, they require specialized coverage.  The ACCG-IRMA insurance pool allows counties and authorizes to pool their risk in a program designed to meet these unique needs.  ACCG-IRMA was established in 1987 and currently has 146 members, with assets totaling $83.9 million.

According to David A. Paulk, ACCG director of Risk Management & Insurance, ACCG- IRMA is well capitalized despite the current economic conditions.  "The Fund has always operated very conservatively, which has served the membership well, especially during times when the financial markets have been so volatile.  This allows ACCG-IRMA to return a dividend at a time when our county government membership needs it the most."

         To complement the ACCG-IRMA, ACCG also offers Local Government Risk Management Services (LGRMS) to its members in partnership with the Georgia Municipal Association at no additional charge.  LGRMS provides training for county and authority employees on a wide range of loss control topics including legal liabilities, jail exposures and workers' compensation issues.  LGRMS also has two driving simulators that are used to train defensive driving techniques to county personnel.  LGRMS also provides wellness program consultation to counties and authorities that participate in ACCG's Group Health Benefits Program.








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