ACCG is now
accepting nominations for the 2016 ACCG Awards & Recognition Program, which
serves as a way to recognize the individuals who provide outstanding
contributions to their local community. The association also works with the
Georgia County Clerks’ Association to present the County Clerk of the Year
Award. Recipients may be nominated in the following categories:
Emory Greene Leadership Award (elected officials)
Jerry R. Griffin Excellence in Public Service Award (elected and appointed
County Clerk of the Year Award
The awards serve as a means to honor those actively engaged in their
communities and allow ACCG to emphasize the value of leadership. County
officials are encouraged to nominate an individual whom they feel best
demonstrates, through their selfless actions and dedication to service in the
community, what the awards embody. The award recipients will be honored at the
2016 ACCG Annual Conference in Savannah/Chatham County.
and nomination forms are available on the
Nominations for all awards must be submitted no later than Friday, March 18,
2016 by 5 p.m. Once forms are completed, they can be mailed to the ACCG
office, emailed to ACCG Communications Intern Sierra Hubbard at firstname.lastname@example.org, or submitted via the online application. Clerk of
the Year nominations must be submitted to the Georgia County Clerks’
Association awards selection committee – see the clerks’ application for
New to the Nomination Process
alternative to the traditional paper application, counties can submit a video
nomination for this year’s awards. Video nominations may include more than one
person in the county office of the nominee and must still answer the questions
on the nomination form. For example, this method may be used if several people
in a county commissioner’s office have testimonials about efforts the nominee
has made to improve their community. Videos must be no longer than five minutes
in length and can be submitted via the online application or as an email attachment.
questions regarding the awards program or the nomination process should be
directed to ACCG Communications Intern Sierra Hubbard at email@example.com
or (404) 522-5022 ext.197.
is a win-win for counties, their employees and citizens, reducing the potential
for injuries and property damage. An added bonus for those counties that are
members of the ACCG Insurance Programs is that they can earn a 7.5 percent safety
discount and save money on their renewal premiums.
ACCG Safety Discount Program workbook was recently mailed to all members of the
ACCG Workers’ Compensation and Property & Liability Insurance Programs. The
workbook and electronic forms are also available online.
year, in an effort to help county leaders focus loss-control efforts where they
matter most, the Safety Action Plan has been added as a requirement for the
ACCG Workers’ Compensation Safety Discount. ACCG and LGRMS will assist in this
effort, beginning with two webinars in March to outline this requirement and
answer questions. Sign up today to learn more about how to create the Safety
Action Plan and qualify to receive the safety discount. The session will also be recorded and available at a later date, if
March 22, 2016 10 a.m.
Register for 3/22/16
March 29, 2016 10 a.m.
Register for 3/29/16
"Planning is a
critical element of any successful safety program," said Dan Beck, the director of LGRMS, also known as ACCG’s Risk Control services. He has offered these steps to
assist your county’s Safety Coordinator in this process.
- Determine the organization’s safety vision – Start by getting the leaders
engaged in the process, so they will be more likely to participate in the
implementation process. Leaders can be at all levels within the
organization: elected officials, directors, managers, supervisors and front-line employees. Ask them, "Are you committed to providing a
safe working environment and culture for the employees and citizens?"
Decide together what the vision is for safety.
- Assess the current safety program – Conduct an internal culture safety
assessment. The ACCG loss control representative can provide a
template or assist with this process. Review safety system elements such
as: Leadership Commitment, Employee Engagement, Programs/ Policies,
Training, Incident Investigation, Audits/Inspection, Emergency Procedures,
- Identify gaps between the vision and the current program
– Once the
assessment is complete, the gaps in process and culture will be clear.
- Prioritize gaps – Most organizations do not have unlimited resources. In
order to be successful, identify those issues that will have the biggest
impact on improving the culture. Keep in mind the amount of resources needed for implementation, including time, money maintenance. It is better
to do one thing very well than to attempt five things ineffectively.
- Conduct root cause analysis – Identify the root cause of
the claims instead of trying to fix a symptom. Continue to ask "why?" until
the root of the issue is identified.
- Develop the Safety Action Plan – Educate the leaders with the
findings of the assessment and the prioritized list of gaps and root
causes. Get their feedback and make adjustments based on the group
discussion. Agree on the areas to attack. Document the selected
corrective actions, assign owners, and dates of completion. Ownership
should be distributed throughout the organization.
- Communicate the safety vision and Safety Action Plan – Let everyone in the
organization know the safety vision and action plan that will be used to fulfill
the vision. Assign activities to all levels of the organization to ensure
better ownership. There are several ways to communicate the plans, including posting on bulletin boards, discussing in meetings and sending out via email.
- Review monthly and communicate status – Within the safety committee and/or
leadership meetings, review the progress on the Safety Action Plan.
- Celebrate successes and investigate failures – Recognize those individuals
that have been successful implementing their action items and investigate
where implementation has failed.
- Revisit this process annually and adjust as needed.
the time to evaluate the organization’s workers’ compensation losses and
identify areas to target for loss control is well worth the effort. Learn from
the past and help avoid similar accidents in the future by focusing resources
where they matter the most.
If you have any questions regarding the new guidelines for the safety discount or on registration for the webinars, please email Dan Beck, director of LGRMS, or ACCG's Ashley Abercrombie.
ACCG's annual conference is scheduled for Friday, April 29 to Monday, May 2, 2016 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center in Chatham County. This year's conference is focused on helping you make your county shine and living up to its full potential.
The most recent conference agenda can be viewed here
. If you still have any questions about the conference or how to register, please contact ACCG's Carol Baker
Contact your county clerk to register for ACCG's annual conference and learn how to make your county shine!
Local Government Risk Management Services, also known as LGRMS, will offer
personnel liability issues seminars in March.
The ACCG Property & Liability Program is offering a
training seminar for its members. The seminar is committed to providing
attendees with information to assist them in preventing or minimizing losses
due to personnel liability claims and litigation. Attorneys from the law firm
of Elarbee, Thompson, Sapp & Wilson, LLP will present to attendees on an
array of personnel liability issues that include:
- FLSA and
proposed overtime rules
Hope Act: Georgia’s New Medical
Programs: Recent Developments
Sexual Orientation and Transgender Issues in the Workplace
Click here to access the flyer and registration form for additional details, including dates and locations.
Those interested in attending this course may register online at www.lgrms.com or
contact Shamilla Jordan at 1-800-650-3120
ACCG is pleased to announce an upcoming water tour for
county officials in March 2016! Like other mobile classrooms offered by ACCG,
this tour provides a great opportunity to learn from expert county and state
officials about the many ways we are conserving one of our state’s most
valuable natural resources while getting a firsthand look at state-of-the-art
facilities and technologies used in water management.
Click here to view the flyer, detailing the highlights of the water tour. Participants on the tour
will receive six hours of continuing education credit. The fee is $50 per person and
covers the bus transportation and all meals. Participants must also pay
for their hotel accommodations, and ACCG has secured a block of rooms with
discounted room rates for the tour.
Space is limited, as we only have one bus for the tour. If you would like to participate, ask
your county clerk to register you today! For more information,
contact ACCG's Brent Williams at 404.522.5022 ext. 180 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tour of Water Conservation Methods in South Georgia – March 30 & 31
Participants on the water tour of South Georgia will be
picked up by bus in McDonough (Henry County) and travel to the Go Fish Georgia
Center in Perry (Houston County) where you will hear from DNR wildlife experts
about the importance of protecting our aquatic habitats. From there, the
group will travel to the Hampton Inn in Moultrie (Colquitt County).
Dinner will be provided at Ashburn Hill Plantation. Thursday,
participants will have breakfast at the Hampton Inn andtravel to the Sun Belt Ag Expo Center where they will see demonstrations
and hear from experts in the areas of agricultural water use and conservation
measures. After lunch at the Expo Center, the bus will return the
attendees to Henry County. Please see the attachment for the detailed
agenda and more information on the sites you will visit and the experts
involved. To see the full agenda with details on each stop of the tour, click here.
Clerks: To register participants from your county
and make hotel reservations (discounted block of rooms available until March
15), click here.
The Governor’s Office of Highway
Safety has announced the Request for Proposal Process for the Federal Fiscal Year 2017, which runs from Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017. The GOHS is seeking innovative programs to address highway safety problems. The details of the Request for Proposal is located on GOHS’
A mandatory Application Training Workshop will be held Wednesday,
March 9, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. for prospective grantees. The workshop will be held at the Georgia
Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia.
Applications must be submitted by April 15, 2016 at 5 p.m. via GOHS’
Electronic Grant System.
For more information, contact GOHS
Deputy Director Jim Andrews.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has
announced $500 million will be made available for transportation projects
across the country. This will be the eighth round of Transportation Investment
Generating Economic Recovery, also called TIGER, competitive grant
Like the first seven rounds, the 2016 TIGER
discretionary grants will fund capital investments in surface transportation
infrastructure and will be awarded on a competitive basis for projects that
will have a significant impact on the nation, a metropolitan area or a region.
The 2016 TIGER grant program will focus on capital projects that generate
economic development and improve access to reliable, safe and affordable
transportation for communities, both urban and rural.
Applications are due April 29, 2016. For more information on how to apply, visit the U.S. Department of