Camden County Board of Commissioners
Community Outreach eNewsletter
Working Together to Make a Positive Difference in the Community
A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - Issue 104-2018
Message from the County Administrator
Your county government is diligently planning for a productive and promising 2019. In late November, the Board of Commissioners and county staff began work on the 2019-2024-2034 Strategic Plan and the Camden County Action Agenda for 2019. I look forward to sharing more with you about this after the Board of Commissioners formally adopt the updated strategic plan in early 2019.
I would like to invite you and your families to take part in several upcoming opportunities Camden County is offering. Submit your photographs to the 2018 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest and help us show the beauty of our community. Additionally, Camden County Solid Waste is teaming up with the Camden County Cooperative Extension to host Bring One for the Chipper, their 2nd Annual Christmas Tree recycling event in early January.

I wish you the happiest of holidays and a very Merry Christmas! Enjoy a safe and happy New Year! I look forward to continuing to work with you to bring positive changes to Camden County in 2019.

Yours for a better Camden,
Steve L. Howard, MPA, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Bring One for the Chipper--Christmas Tree Recycling
Join the Camden County UGA Cooperative Extension/4H, the Georgia Forestry Commission, and Camden County Solid Waste on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Old Still Road Yard Waste Site at 4884 Old Still Road in Kingsland for the 2nd Annual Bring One for the Chipper - Christmas Tree Recycling event. A limited number of tree seedlings will be available on a first come, first served basis. Please contact the UGA Extension at 912-576-3219 or check out their Facebook Page for more information.
2018 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
The deadline for the 2018 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest has been extended to Monday, January 14, 2019. Submit your best photos of Camden County, Georgia and its activities, attractions and events, as well as historic and scenic locations.
The 2018 photo contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of the following categories:
  • Landscapes,
  • Nature/Wildlife,
  • People/Events, and
  • Transportation.

Contestants may submit no more than two (2) entries per category or up to eight (8) entries total. A committee will select a winner from each category and one overall winner will be chosen from the top photos in each category. Learn more on the Camden County website.
Camden County Board of Commissioners Breaks Ground on New Fire Station
The Camden County Board of Commissioners broke ground on a new Fire Station 18 in the Tarboro area of northwestern Camden County. Replacing the existing fire station, the new Fire Station 18 will be adjacent to Mary B. Smart Park on New Post Road in White Oak. 

From Left:
Captain Lisa Boyett; Captain Christopher Williams;
Chief Terry Smith; Firefighter Joseph Gregory; Firefighter Duante Belton;
Assistant Chief Charles Lowther; Jeff Bors, Roberts Civil Engineering; and
District 1 Commissioner Lannie Brant
Camden County Receives Grant for Warning Signs
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA). The $177,067.25 grant will assist in the purchase of six portable outdoor warning signs.

From Left:
Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright, Commissioner Gary Blount,
Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, Commissioner Ben Casey,
Grants Manager Julie Haigler, Camden County EMA Director Chuck White,
Commission Vice-Chair Chuck Clark and Fire Chief Terry Smith.
Camden County Welcomes New Director of Solid Waste
Camden County Administrator Steve Howard announced that Kevin Barkley, the previous Solid Waste Department Director for Macon Bibb County has been hired as the new Director of Solid Waste for Camden County. In this role, Mr. Barkley will direct overall landfill operations for the Construction and Demolition (C & D), Municipal Solid Waste (MSW), and the Old Still Yard Waste sites, ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. Mr. Barkley began work on December 17, 2018.

Camden County Employees Receive Recognition
In December, the Board of Commissioners recognized Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright for completing the requirements to become a Certified Public Manager through the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government's program.
From Left:
Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, Deputy County Administrator Shawn Boatright,
and County Administrator Steve Howard.
At the same meeting, the Board of Commissioners recognized Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Charles (Chuck) White. Chuck White is now a Georgia Certified Emergency Manager. This designation is granted by Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) after completing a minimum of 19 required training classes, field courses, and testing. 
From Left:
Commission Chair Jimmy Starline, EMA Director Chuck White,
and County Administrator Steve Howard.
Camden County Fire Rescue Encourages
Installing and Testing Smoke Alarms
Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) is encouraging residents to install and test smoke alarms in all residences throughout Camden County. To assist citizens with the proper placement of smoke alarms, CCFR offers a free smoke alarm installation program. Any Camden County resident can request to have two smoke alarms installed in their residence for free by Camden County Fire Rescue personnel once every ten years.

Sign-up for CodeRED online at 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.
Camden County Seeking Applicants for
JDA Board of Directors
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is seeking applicants to fill two (2) vacancies on the Joint Development Authority (JDA) Board of Directors as County representatives. In the case of the current vacancies, and according to board bylaws, one appointment shall assume the term of a resigning board member and will expire on December 31, 2020. One appointment will be for a full term, expiring on December 31, 2022. 

Life Saving Award
In November, the Camden County Board of Commissioners recognized Firefighter Darrell Walton for his heroic efforts in saving a swimmer from a riptide earlier this Fall. Join us in thanking Firefighter Walton for his quick actions and bravery.

Pictured from Left: Assistant Chief Charles Lowther, Firefighter Darrell Walton, and Chief Terry Smith
Kingsland By-Pass Phase I Update
Weather has played a lessor role on the progress of Kingsland By-Pass Phase I project in the last few months. Realigned road sections have been placed along with the curb and gutter.

Changing traffic patterns on the roadway will begin in the near future. The new interstate ramps will open when traffic is routed to the south bridge section.

With construction continuing, please slow down and watch out for crews and machinery as you travel through the project area. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) shares work zone safety information on their website.
EMT-B Course Update
In November, a few members of the recent Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) course were recognized at a Board of Commissioners meeting. Join us in congratulating the 18-member class in successfully completing the EMT-B course. Each participant received a jump bag and safety vest as part of the class.

From Left:
Captain Karolyn Mills (Instructor), Jamie Marr, Duante Belton, and Ryan Murray
Camden County Seeking Applications for
Camden County Board of Tax Assessors
The Camden County Board of Commissioners is seeking qualified applicants to serve on the Camden County Board of Assessors, District 4 Appointment. The Camden County Board of Tax Assessors is a five-member board that is appointed by majority vote of the Camden County Board of Commissioners. Each County Commissioner shall nominate a member of the Board of Tax Assessors according to the district allocation. Any nominee shall be approved by a majority vote of the Board of Commissioners. 

Winter Fire Safety Tips
According to information from the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), home fires occur more in winter than any other season. Camden County Fire Rescue joins the NFPA in sharing the following tips:
  • Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from any heat source like wood stoves, fireplaces, radiators, or space heaters.

  • Plug only 1 heat-producing appliance (such as a space heater) into an electrical outlet at a time.
Landfill Holiday Closures
Camden County Landfills close at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 24, 2018, and reopen on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. On January 1, 2019, Camden County Landfills will be closed for New Year's Day.
Welcome New Firefighters
In November, Chief Terry Smith introduced Camden County Fire Rescue's newest firefighters to the Board of Commissioners. These nine firefighters were a part of the recruit class that recently completed the Basic Firefighter Course.

Join us in welcoming Zachary Foran, Eric Haney, Trevor Howard, Paul Manners, Christopher Pabst, Austin Riordan, Garrett Tanner, Chris Turner, and Billy Walker.
Master Naturalist Course
Registration for Camden County Extension’s Master Naturalist Course is now open. This series of weekly programs uses hands-on environmental education to explore habitats, ecosystems and human impact. The nine-session course will begin on Friday, February 8, 2019, and end on Friday, April 5, 2019. The cost to attend this course is $250 and covers 54 hours of instruction, reference materials and handouts and, upon graduation, a certificate and graduation dinner. Contact the Camden County Extension Office at 912-576-3219 for more information.

Construction Update
Please be careful visiting our offices in Woodbine due to the construction of an addition to the Terry K. Floyd Juvenile Justice/Court Building.

This is a SPLOST VII project.
Winter Holiday Closures
Camden County Government Offices and Courts will be closed on the following dates in recognition of holidays:

  • Christmas - Monday, December 24 - Wednesday, December 26, 2018
  • New Year's Day - Tuesday, January 1, 2019
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 21, 2019
  • Presidents Day - February 18, 2019
Upcoming Board of Commissioners Meetings
The Camden County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session on:

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Calendar for more dates and information.
Our Commitment to You!

Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

Camden County 2033 is the premier coastal community of Georgia-beautiful and safe.

Camden County 2033 gas a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World-Class Spaceport;
  • Space tourism; and
  • a Technology Corridor.

Camden County 2033 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.

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 and Vice-Chair, Chuck Clark

District 3, Commissioner and Chair, Jimmy Starline

District 4, Commissioner Gary Blount

District 5, Commissioner Ben Casey
Camden County Board of Commissioners
200 East 4th Street
P.O. Box 99
Woodbine, Georgia 31569