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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - October 2012


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Important Dates to Remember for the General Election
Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Agency - Public Meetings Notice
Hay Days 2012 - October 13 through November 3rd
Help Support Hunger Relief In Our Community - Food Drive 2012
Kevin Chaney named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest - Deadline November 9th
STAR of HOPE - Supporting Local Families during the Holiday Season


2011 Annual Report

 WorkReady Community
GA Camera Ready
 Storm Ready
 Code RED
 2012 Photo Contest 
 HOPE logo 
November 8th

Public Service Authority Meeting



County Offices will be closed Monday, November 12, 2012 in observance of the Veteran's Day holiday.


November 13th

Regular BOCC Meeting



County Offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 22 & 23, 2012 in observance of Thanksgiving.


December 11th

Regular BOCC Meeting


Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
"Great Customer Service is the Cornerstone of Every Successful Organization!"
Your Opinion Counts
Please click on the link below to complete Camden County's customer service survey.
Free Prescription Discount Cards Available to Camden County Residents

Discount Rx Card

Click on the image above to view more information about this service.

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 AdministratorIn accordance with O.C.G.A. � 48-8-89, the Local Options Sales Tax (LOST) law requires counties and qualified cities receiving general purpose LOST revenue to renegotiate distribution agreements within two years of each decennial census. The County issued a call to commence renegotiations on July 01, 2012.  The new certificate of distribution was executed on October 17, 2012 by the Cities of Kingsland, St. Marys and Woodbine, and the County, which shall become effective January 01, 2013. 
In other news, the Board of County Commissioners accepted a grant award of $178,386 to participate in the development of the Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay Joint Land Use Study (JLUS). This project was supported by a joint resolution of endoresement by the Cities recognizing the vital economic impact the base and mission have on Camden County.

I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward.


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
Count Administrator

Important Dates to Remember for the General Election

The Registration Deadline has passed. If you were not registered by the close of business this past Tuesday, October 09, 2012, you will not be eligible to vote in Camden County during the November 06, 2012 election. Please contact the county were you were last registered to see if you are still on the books there and can vote with them via Absentee Ballot.

Early Voting - October 15 - November 02, 2012

October 15 - November 02

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Historic Courthouse in Woodbine


October 27, 2012 - Saturday Voting

9:00am - 4:00pm

Historic Courthouse in Woodbine


October 29 - November 02, 2012

Monday - Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Historic Courthouse in Woodbine

Department of Drivers Services in Kingsland

Union Hall on Osborne Street in St Marys


General Election - November 06, 2012

For more information about the 2012 General Election, voter registration, and local polling precincts, please visit the Registrars webpage at the following link,, or call (912) 576-3245.

Coastal Regional Commission Area Agency on Agency - Public Meetings Notice

The Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is conducting a series of public meetings to provide an overview of Older Americans Act programs and services, and to seek input from the public on the development of the FY2012 - FY2015 Area Plan for senior citizen services.


Under contract with the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Aging Services (DAS), the AAA provides home and community based services to seniors, those with disabilities, and their caregivers. These services include congregate and home delivered meals, information and assistance, Case Management, Medicare/Insurance counseling, access to public services, advocacy and legal assistance, in-home services, and respite care. The AAA serves Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long and McIntosh Counties.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 10:00AM   

Ida Hilton Public Library

1105 Northway

Darien, GA  31305


Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 2:00PM

Camden County Recreation Center

1050 Wildcat Drive

Kingsland, GA 31548


Monday, November 19, 2012 at 10:00AM   

Armstrong Center

13040 Abercorn Street

Savannah, GA 31419


 Meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Algertha Taylor at 912-262-2849 or

Hay Days 2012 - October 13 through November 3rd

The Fall season is once again upon us! Local businesses and organizations, including Camden County Government, will create scarecrows to enhance the median of Osborne Street. This event kicks off on October 13th and continues through November 3rd.  


The St. Marys Downtown Development Authority encourages families to visit downtown St. Marys to view the scarecrows during this time. Be on the lookout for Camden County Government's scarecrow display!

Help Support Hunger Relief in Our Community
Food Drive 2012
To assist those who struggle with poverty and hunger in our community, Camden County Government's HOPE Committee is collecting non-perishable food items to benefit those in need during this holiday season. Items can be dropped off in the designated boxes at County offices. For the safety of those we serve, we are unable to accept open packages, homemade food items, perishable foods, or items with expired dates.


For more information or to have a bin delivered to your office please contact the County Clerk, Katie Bishop, at (912) 576-5651. THE DEADLINE FOR ALL DONATIONS IS FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011.

Kevin Chaney named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter

On Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at the regular scheduled Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Kevin Chaney was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year 2013 for Camden County Government. Captain Chaney is a long standing, dedicated employee who began his tenure with the Camden County Sheriff's Office in 1995 as a Corrections Officer.  Since that time he has served many roles throughout the organization including Jailor, Dispatcher, Patrol Deputy, member of Search & Rescue, member of Marine Patrol, Investigator and a member of the Drug Task Force.


Captain Chaney is recognized for his exemplary contributions in performance, by constantly exceeding what is expected of him.  He has been described by his peers as having a self motivated attitude, going above and beyond his required duties and always being there to lend a helping hand.  It has been said he "is a man of all hats," often volunteering his time to visit with the elderly, the impoverished or working with parents and at risk children in our community providing  guidance and a gentle ear to those in need.  Captain Chaney demonstrates exceptional dedication and initiative fostering collaboration, communication and cooperation among his peers, fellow staff and Sheriff Constituents.


The Board of County Commissioners expresses much gratitude for Kevin's efforts and commitment. On behalf of Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee, we'd like to congratulate Kevin on his efforts and for working with a true sense of team spirit, always willing to help fellow workers and the public, and contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the County.  Congratulations Kevin Chaney!  

Showcase Camden County Photo Contest - Deadline November 9th

The "Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest calls for photographers to submit their best photos of Camden County, Georgia to include its activities, people, attractions and events, as well as historic and scenic locations. Camden County's natural landscapes and unique events provide limitless creative inspiration to individuals that enjoy seeing the world through the lens of a camera. 


The 2012 contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of four categories:

  • Landscapes
  • Nature/Wildlife
  • Transportation
  • Current Events/People 

One winner per category will be awarded. Each winning category participant will receive a $50 Visa gift card. An overall photograph will be chosen among all of the submitted photos of each category. The overall winner will receive an additional $100 Visa gift card. Gift card prizes are not County funded and are generously donated by sponsors.


The deadline to submit photos is Friday, November 9, 2012. Detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules can be found by clicking the link below:


 "SHOWCASE CAMDEN COUNTY" Photo Contest 2012
STAR of HOPE - Supporting Local Families during the Holiday Season

STAR OF HOPE logoThe Sheriff's Office (CCSO) STAR of Hope program supports families in our community during the holiday season by providing for those in need. Fundraisers are held by County employees to raise money to support this great cause


Upcoming Events:

  • Wednesday, October 31st - Fall Party & Bake Sale - 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Camden County Public Library.  Come have some fun and win prizes with your kids at the library! Children are encouraged to wear costumes. All games are free. Baked goods for sale.
  • Friday, November 2nd - Chili Lunch at the Government Services Complex in Woodbine, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - $5/cup of chili.
  • Friday, December 7th - BBQ Lunch and Boston Butt/Whole Chicken Sale - Fire Rescue Headquarters, Station 10 on Gross Road in Kingsland. BBQ Pork Sandwich or Chicken Lunch (inlcudes baked beans, chips, and a drink) $8. Whole boston butt $25 and whole chicken $10 (must order 1 week prior to event). 

For more information about this program, or to learn more about how you can contribute, please contact the Camden County Sheriff's Office at (912) 510-5100.

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     Commissioner Chuck Clark, District 2     Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3     Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4     Commissioner David L. Rainer, District 5

     Willis R. Keene, Jr.       Chuck Clark           Jimmy Starline            Gary Blount          David L. Rainer

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