Camden County Board of Commissioners
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A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - Issue 102-2021
Message from the County Administrator
February is here! This month brings lots of new and exciting developments for your local government. We have released the 2020 Annual Report, which provides an update on the work and efforts made throughout the County in 2020. The Board of Commissioners has also adopted the 2021 Legislative Priorities, as well as the 2021 Action Agenda and the 2021-2026-2036 Strategic Plan. In January, we were also pleased to announce District 4 Commissioner Gary Blount was elected as Chair and District 5 Commissioner Ben Casey was elected as Vice-Chair for 2021.

In addition, we are proud to announce Camden County's recertification of its current rating as a Class 6 in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS), which has saved unincorporated Camden County residents over $914,000 in flood insurance premiums since 2012. Please also join us in congratulating the winners of the 2020 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest.

Please continue to follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Stay safe and remain healthy. Happy February!

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Camden County Releases 2020 Annual Report
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to release their 2020 Annual Report. This report summarizes several accomplishments achieved by Camden County government during 2020. The 2020 Annual Report and previous Camden County Annual Reports may be found on the Camden County website at camdencountyga.gov.
March 16, 2021 Special Election for the City of Kingsland
Registered voters in the City of Kingsland are eligible to vote in the March 16, 2021 Special Election to fill the unexpired term of Council Post #3. The deadline to register to vote in the March 16, 2021 Special Election is February 16, 2021. Qualified Candidates for Council Post #3 are: Sanjay Patel, Bryant Shepard, and Kristy Chance Starke. To learn more, please visit Camden County Elections & Registration.

Advance In-Person (Early) Voting
Advance In-Person (Early) Voting for the March 16, 2021 Special Election is available at the Camden County Annex, located at 107 N. Gross Road in Kingsland.
February 22 - March 12, 2021
Weekdays Only
8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Camden County Annex Building, Community Room
107 N. Gross Road, Kingsland
Camden County Celebrates Black History Month
February is Black History Month. Did you know that Camden County is home to a Rosenwald School?

Booker T. Washington of the Tuskegee Institute and Julius Rosenwald, philanthropist and president of Sears Roebuck, built state-of-the art schools for African-American children across the South. The effort has been called the most important initiative to advance black education in the early 20th century. The architecture of the schools was a tangible statement of the equality of all children, and their programming made them a focal point of community identity and aspirations.

By 1928, one-third of the South’s rural black school children and teachers were served by Rosenwald Schools. At one time Camden County had three Rosenwald Schools, but only one still exists in its original location and structure. Efforts are underway to restore the Kinlaw Rosenwald School in Camden County.

You can celebrate Black History Month at home by watching movies, documentaries, or recordings of speeches, in addition to reading books, or listening to music. Your streaming provider of choice (including Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Netflix) will also have a variety of options.

Other ways to recognize Black History Month include: St. Marys Little Theatre's performance of Smokie's Blues; Explore Georgia's list of 3 Must-See Black History Sites in Georgia; Coastal Georgia Historical Society's Heart Full of Rhythm: The Big Band Years of Louis Armstrong; Brunswick African American Cultural Center
Commissioners Adopt 2021 Action Agenda and the 2021-2026-2036 Strategic Plan
The Camden County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2021-2026-2036 Strategic Plan and 2021 Action Agenda at their January 12, 2021, regular meeting. The Strategic Plan is a five-year, outcome-based set of goals with specific issues and projects that need to be addressed by the County, all with measurable objectives. This year’s strategic plan includes 18 policy actions, 15 management actions, 17 major projects, and 118 management in progress items. To view the Strategic Plan, along with the new Action Agenda items, please visit the county website at www.camdencountyga.gov
Camden County Recertified as Class 6
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that Camden County received recertification of its current rating as a Class 6 in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Community Rating System (CRS). In 2020, Camden County successfully achieved a five-year designation as a Class 6 and the floodplain management activities implemented qualify unincorporated Camden County residents for a 20 percent discount on flood insurance premiums for NFIP policies issued or renewed in Special Flood Hazard Areas on or after May 1, 2020. This year’s recertification allows residents to maintain those discounts. More information about Camden County’s flood protection measures, including a link to the flood hazard tool, is available on the Camden County website at www.camdencountyga.gov/flood
Camden County Celebrates 244th Birthday
Join us in recognizing Camden County's 244th Birthday! The county was originally formed on February 5, 1777 and is the second of eight original counties formed in Georgia.
Board of Commissioners Adopts Legislative Priorities
At their January 12, 2021, regular meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2021 State Legislative Priorities for Camden County. This list details legislative concerns in which the county has a vested interest. The 2021 State Legislative Priorities include: Georgia’s Voting Equipment, Funding Broadband Deployment in Georgia, Redirection of Environmental Trust Fund Fees, Public Notice of Tax Increase, Broadband Telecommunications, Log Truck Weight Limits, and Reimbursement for EMS Services. To learn more, please view the 2021 Legislative Priorities (PDF).
Board of Commissioners Reorganization
At a January 12 special called meeting, the Camden County Board of Commissioners elected a Chair and a Vice-Chair for 2021. Each year before their first meeting, the Board of Commissioners selects the Chair and Vice-Chair of the County Commission to serve a one-year term. District 4 Commissioner Gary Blount was elected as Chair and District 5 Commissioner Ben Casey was elected as Vice-Chair for 2021. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF).
Best of Camden
Join us in recognizing Deputy Downey Casey. He was selected by Tribune & Georgian readers as the Reader's Choice for 2020 Best of Camden County Law Enforcement Officer.
Join us in recognizing Firefighter/EMT-A Zip Amerine (left). He was selected by Tribune & Georgian readers as the Reader's Choice for 2020 Best of Camden County Firefighter. Congratulations!
2020 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest Winners Announced
The Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest. Recognized this year by category are: Landscapes: Joanie Branistareanu’s photo of the Downtown St. Marys fountain; Nature/Wildlife: Colleen Weinkle’s photo of the wild Cumberland Island horses; Sunrise/Sunset: Michaela Guy’s photo of the sunrise at Gateway property in St. Marys; Transportation: Jeff Berg’s photo of the Cumberland Lady. The overall winner was Colleen Weinkle’s photo of the sunset at Sea Camp. To learn more, please view the Full Press Release (PDF). Congratulations to the winners!
Take Action during Severe Weather Preparedness Week 2021
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) declared February 1-5, 2021 to be Severe Weather Preparedness Week and Camden County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) urges all Camden County citizens to learn about possible severe weather threats and how to prepare for them. Camden County citizens are urged to learn about severe weather threats and preparedness steps including: Family Preparedness, Thunderstorm Safety, Tornado Safety, Lightning Safety, and Flood Safety. To learn more, please visit Camden County EMA on Facebook and Twitter.
Employment Opportunities
Check out the Employment Opportunities page on the Camden County website to learn more about open positions and apply online.

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February Holiday Closures
Presidents Day

  • Monday, February 15, 2021


Please visit the Calendar for more dates and meeting details.
Residents Encouraged to Utilize Online Services
Camden County residents are urged to utilize online or telephone services when possible due to the continued spread of COVID-19 in our community. Although county office buildings remain open to the public, many staff members are working remotely at this time to ensure proper social distancing.

The Camden County website, www.camdencountyga.gov, has an Online Payments page to assist residents with conducting business online. To learn more about online services, please visit the Camden County Website.
Board of Commissioners:

  • Tuesday, February 16, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Board of Elections & Registration:

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021, 4:00 P.M.


Board of Assessors:

  • Thursday, February 18, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Camden County Planning Commission:

  • Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 6:00 P.M.


Please visit the Calendar for more dates and meeting details.
All Camden County residents are strongly encouraged to sign-up for CodeRED online at www.camdencountyga.gov/codeRED to receive emergency notifications and location-specific severe weather warnings. Notifications may be sent to cell phones or landlines and through email and text. The service is TDD/TTY compatible.
COVID-19 Vaccines
The Georgia Department of Public Health is allowing online appointment scheduling for COVID-19 vaccines based on vaccine availability at chdcovidvax.org.
Please Wear Masks and Social Distance
To prevent the spread of COVID-19, please remember to wear your facemasks and social distance when possible. For more information, please visit the Georgia Department of Public Health.
Our Commitment to You
MISSION
Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

VISION
Camden County 2035 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.

Camden County 2035 has a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World-Class Spaceport;
  • Sports tourism; and
  • a Technology Corridor.

Camden County 2035 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.

VALUES
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values:

  • Integrity, 
  • Respect,
  • Service, 
  • Accountability, 
  • Teamwork, and
  • Balance.


District 1, Commissioner Lannie Brant

District 2, Commissioner Chuck Clark

District 3, Commissioner Trevor Readdick

District 4, Commissioner Gary Blount, Chairman

District 5, Commissioner Ben Casey, Vice-Chairman
Camden County Board of Commissioners
200 East 4th Street
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, Georgia 31569
(912) 576-5601