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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - December 2013


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
"New" Discount Prescription Card
Camden Leaders Graduate
JLUS Meeting Scheduled
Frosty Wonderland
Floodplain Manager Certification
Seasonings Greetings
Joint Police Study
Statewide Scholarships



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UPCOMING Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings

Dec. 10th

Regular BOCC




County offices will be closed Tuesday, December 24th

 through Thursday, December 25th,
 in observance of Christmas 

Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
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Please click on the link below to complete Camden County's customer service survey.


Free Prescription Discount Cards Available to Camden County Residents

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Camden County Fire Rescue Seeking Volunteers

Camden County Fire Rescue is recruiting volunteer firefighters to be a part of the department. The volunteer firefighter program will be used to augment existing peronnel to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.


Visit the program website for the most current information.


Contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (912) 729-3911 for questions about this program.

A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator



As the year comes to an end, it has been filled with challenges and opportunities. Working together we were successful in overcoming those challenges. In January, I look forward to releasing the 2013 Annual Report to inform Camden County citizens about the accomplishments of your county government over the past year.


As the current economic environment continues to be extremely challenging, Camden County will continue to seek ways to lower the cost of government and to handle all challenges and opportunities that come our way in 2014.Through proper planning, innovation and proactive- decision making, I am optimistic that Camden County remains on the right course.


I wish you and your family the best this holiday season and happiness in the New Year!


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Camden County Launches "New" Free Discount Prescription Savings Program
The new Coast2CoastRx  card will allow all County residents, regardless of income, age, or health status to participate in the program and save on the cost of their medications. 
Important Facts:
  • The card is NOT insurance
  • There is No registration fee
  • One Card can be used for all family members
  • Medicare Part D participants can benefit
  • Cardholders with a High deductible health insurance plan can use until deductible is met 
  • No limits on usage
  • Savings on Lab work, Imaging, Dental, Vision, Hearing, Diabetics and Veterinary Services.  

Residents who have used the card saved 50% on their prescriptions.  YOU CAN TOO!!


The Coast2CoastRx card is available for residents at all governmental offices, Camden County Library and County health facilities.  Residents are also able to print a Rx card and view the nearest participating locations at

The Coast2CoastRx card will provide residents with a valuable tool to help maintain their health and wellbeing at an affordable cost. 
Camden Leaders Graduate
Georgia Academy for Economic Development
L to R: County Administrator, Steve Howard; Commissioner, Vice-Chair Jimmy Starline; and Administrative Services Director, Adam Kabasakalian
 The Board of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development recently announced the Camden County graduates from the 2013 Region 1 Multi-Day Training Program.                      


Camden County graduates at the November 7, 2013 ceremony included County Administrator, Steve Howard; Board of Commissioners Vice-Chairman Jimmy Starline (District 3); and Administrative Services Director, Adam Kabasakalian.


Class participants represented a number of professional and non-professional economic development fields, including elected officials, public servants, business leaders, educators, and social service providers from twelve counties in Northwest Georgia. The Academy provided each of the graduates an opportunity to gain a unique understanding of the complexities of economic and community development on the local, regional, and state levels.


Created in 1993 by then-Governor Zell Miller's Development Council, the Academy assembles a cross-section of economic development professionals and resources to provide this training in all twelve service delivery regions in Georgia.  The Board of Directors of the Academy consists of 22 members representing public and private economic development organizations and agencies from across Georgia. Since its organization the Academy has provided training for thousands of professional and non-professional economic developers around the state, and since 1998 the Academy has been offered annually. Georgia EMC and Georgia Power provide facilitators for the program, and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs provides staff support to this important program.


"One of the goals for the multi-day regional Academies is to encourage multi-county cooperation," says Corinne Thornton, director of the Georgia Academy for Economic Development. "Many times the participants discover the issues facing their community are the same as those facing other communities in their region, and can then combine limited resources to address the issue."


The Academy's multi-day program, taught one day a month over a four-month period, includes training in the basics of economic and community development, plus specialized segments on business recruitment and retention, tourism product development, downtown development,  quality planning, redevelopment and other essentials for community success. In addition, the curriculum features specific leadership skills such as consensus building, ethics in public service, collaborative leadership and other segments needed for effective community leadership in economic development. Local elected officials receive certification training credits through the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal Association for completion of this program, and the program is certified for CEUs through the UGA Georgia Center for Continuing Education.

 Meeting Scheduled to Present Draft Recommendations of Camden/Kings Bay Joint Land Use Study (JLUS)                             
The Camden/Kings Bay Joint Land Use Study (JLUS) Draft Recommendations Public Open House is scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The meeting will be held at St. Marys City Hall located at 418 Osborne Street in St. Marys.


The JLUS is a joint effort of Camden County, the Camden County Joint Development Authority (JDA), and the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys and Woodbine in coordination with SUBASE Kings Bay.  The study commenced in May. Workshops and surveys have been conducted to seek public input, and a Technical Committee and Policy Committee have met monthly to assist the consultant with the development of data, analysis, and recommendations.


Draft JLUS recommendations address the need for continued coordination and cooperation among the communities adjacent to SUBASE Kings Bay. Key recommendations specifically address the importance of a coordinated approach to land use, to the use of the Cumberland Sound waterway, and to matters of safety and security. Examples include:


Land Use - Proposed expansion of the existing Land Use Notification Area that surrounds the base to expand coordinated community and military review.


Waterways - Proposed establishment of Cumberland Sound Local Marine Navigation Coordination Area and intergovernmental/interagency committee.


Safety/Security - Recommendations concerning St. Marys Airport and other identified factors of safety/security concern.


These and additional recommendations will be presented for public review and comment. Following the Public Open House, final recommendations will be prepared and a review and approval process will be completed by the Technical Committee, Policy Committee, and elected representatives of Camden County, Kingsland, St. Marys and Woodbine.


The study is funded by a grant to Camden County from the Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment.

Camden County Public Library to Host A Frosty Wonderland
The Public Library invite you to the Annual Holiday Festivities offered on December 12th from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM. 
Come have your picture taken, see Frosty the Snowman, sing Christmas carols or just enjoy the wonderful stories read during story time.
Director of Public Works Completes Floodplain Manager Certification
Camden County Public Works Director, Scott Brazell recently completed the process and examination to become an Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Certified Floodplain Manager.  The ASFPM grants this certification only to those professionals who meet the requirements and complete a comprehensive examination on the programs and standards to reduce flood losses in the nation.  The ASFPM certification exam measures a person's knowledge of a community's responsibilities under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) and related floodplain management topics.
The mission of ASFPM is to promote education, policies, and activities that mitigate current and future losses, costs, and human suffering caused by flooding, and to protect the natural and beneficial functions of floodplains, all without causing adverse impacts.
Seasons Greetings 
From Your Board of Commissioners

Consolidation Assessment of Police Services
On Thursday, December 5, 2013, a presentation was given by ICMA on the Joint Consolidation Police Study.  Council members for the City of St. Marys along with Sheriff, Jim Proctor was well as other stakeholders were in attendance.

For more information please click the link below.

Camden Constitutional Officers Announce Statewide Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships available for GA High School Seniors and College Undergraduates


The Constitutional Officers of Camden County - Sheriff Proctor; Clerk of Courts, Joy Lynn Turner; Probate Judge, Robert C. Sweatt, Jr., and Tax Commissioner Beth Soles - are pleased to announce a scholarship contest for Georgia high school seniors and current college undergraduates.


Each year, the Constitutional Officer's Association of Georgia (COAG) offers Georgia students. This year, the Association will offer three scholarships one each in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. To be eligible for this year's scholarship, students must graduate high school by the Spring of 2014 or be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university. Students must also seek a degree in a field related to government/law enforcement, political science, accounting/finance or business, or pre-law.


To apply, applicants must submit a typed 1,000-word essay that answers the question: "Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices?," provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from an institution of higher education, a copy of a college application or transcript to provide verification of degree field, and the COAG scholarship application. For application click the link below.


All completed applications, documentation and completed essays should be mailed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope to: Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, GA , 30031.


For more information, visit or contact Suzanne Cross at 404-377-1364 or


STAR of HOPE Latest Fundraising Events
In effort to raise funds for families in our community during the holiday season, STAR of HOPE would like to thank all those who purchased turkeys, hams, or ribs during the Thanksgiving Smoked Meat Sale.  Due to the tremendous response the program raised $1500.  Over sixty turkeys, twenty hams, and twenty-four slabs of ribs were sold.  Special thanks to those who helped with this event, everyone's hard work and dedication is deeply appreciated.
 The 1st annual Chili Cook-Off was held on Friday, December 6, 2013, with an overwhelming response.  Brian Bishop, Renee' Crews, April Palmer, Brianna Turner, and Rich Echols entered for a chance to be crowned, "Peoples Choice Award Winner". 
The Committee sold over 40 hotdogs, cookies and cornbread along with bowls of chili.  Congratulations to April Palmer for winning the "Peoples Choice Award" with Rich Echols coming in second and Brianna & Renee' tying for 3rd place. 
One of our goals is to ensure we are providing the citizens of Camden County information and a better understanding of current issues involving Camden County Government. We hope you enjoyed reading the monthly Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. We encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  

By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1
Chip Keene
District 1
Chuck Clark 2013
Chuck Clark
District 2
Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3
Jimmy Starline
District 3
Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4
Gary Blount
District 4
Tony Sheppard 
Tony Sheppard
District 5
Our Commitment to You!
Helping to make Camden County the best place to be by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government.
It is the mission of Camden County Government to provide responsive, innovative, and cost effective services, promote smart growth, effectively communicate with the community, improve infrastructure and technology, preserve the health, welfare, safety, and environment while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes our county a desirable place to live and work. 
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork, and Balance