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February 25, 2023

Left to Right: District 2 Commissioner Ben Ku, District 1 Commissioner Kirkland Carden, Peachtree Corners Mayor Mike Mason, and Matt Mason.

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners Recognize and Celebrate the Life of Dedicated Public Servant Debbie Mason

Gwinnett County Commissioners recently honored Debbie Mason, the late first lady of Peachtree Corners. Alongside her husband, Mayor Mike Mason, Debbie played a pivotal role in the formation of Peachtree Corners and proudly served as the city's First Lady. Her steadfast service and unwavering humility serve as a model for others, and she will be greatly missed.

From left to right: Andy Scott (lieutenant), Tony Simmons (battalion chief), Richard Wilson (United States Marine Corps Reserve), Tim Prather (fire chief), Destiny O’Connell (firefighter/EMY), and Eric Irish (lieutenant). 

Pickens County Fire and Rescue's Toys for Tots Recognized

On Thursday, Feb. 16, Pickens County Fire and Rescue was recognized by Marine Corps League, Detachment 1280 for the role their collection boxes played in 2022’s Toys for Tots toy drive. Nearly 7,500 toys were collected last year making it one of the most successful drives conducted in the county.

Tommy Jeffery Retires From Whitfield County After 50 Years

Tommy Jeffery celebrated his retirement from Whitfield County after working in the Public Works Department for 50 years – setting a record for longest tenure with the county. During that time, Jeffery helped build numerous lanes and roadways in Whitfield County.

Tommy pictured with Whitfield County Public Works Paving Crew.

From Left: Christopher Thomas (paving supervisor) and Tommy Jeffery.

From Left: County Administrator Shawn M. Boatright, Commissioner Martin Turner, Vice-Chair Lannie Brant, Chairman Ben Casey, Grants Manager Julie Haigler, Deputy Chief Lisa Boyett, Planning & Development Director Joey Yacobacci, Division Chief Patrick Parson, and Commissioner Jim Goodman. 

Camden County Receives Grant for Interns

The Camden County Board of Commissioners is pleased to announce that it is a recipient of a Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP) grant from the ACCG Civic Affairs Foundation. The $4,015.20 grant will assist in funding two interns for the Camden County Board of Commissioners during summer 2023. Each intern will work on specific projects during their internships.

Small Business Investment in DeKalb's 3rd District

Congresswoman Nikema Williams visited DeKalb County to talk the importance of investment in small businesses. She presented owners of Supreme Burger, a DeKalb County small business, with funds from a small business accelerator program. Investment in local businesses is key and helps keep counties thriving. 

DeKalb County Commissioner (second from left) pictured with Congresswoman Nikema Williams (third from left), owners of Supreme Burger, and other community leaders. 

2023 ACCG Annual Conference Registration Now Open

The 2023 ACCG Annual Conference is dedicated to helping county officials IGNITE (or RE-IGNITE) their passion for public service. The importance of and need for local government has never been greater. In recent years, counties have been on the frontlines, more than ever, hosting food drives for those impacted by COVID, supporting local small businesses through county grant programs, and much more. Constituents are gaining a better understanding of the major role county government plays in their lives and are receiving service beyond what counties traditionally provide. Now is the time for county officials to remind themselves why they pursued public office.

If you're ready to Ignite Your Passion, mark your calendar and get ready to join the ACCG staff, your fellow county officials, and state leaders in Savannah/ Chatham County on April 27 - 30.                               


Click here to view the conference information sheet which includes an agenda and other event details.   

Help ACCG Honor Local Leaders and Innovative County Programs in Your Community by Submitting Nominations for the 2023 ACCG Awards

ACCG is now accepting nominations for the 2023 ACCG Awards & Recognition Program and the 2023 Georgia County Excellence Awards. Both award programs provide an opportunity to showcase the talented leaders and innovative programs within your county. Award recipients will be honored at the 2023 ACCG Annual Conference in Savannah/Chatham County this April.

The deadline for the 2023 Georgia County Excellence Awards is quickly approaching! Nominations must be submitted by February 17.

Tell Us What's Happening in Your County!

ACCG wants to share positive news about events and projects from your county with your peers from across the state. Photos and story ideas submitted to ACCG for Georgia's Local Lens or the Georgia County Spotlight may be used in this e-newsletter or on ACCG's website or social media. Photos and other information used are provided courtesy of our county constituents and ACCG staff. For questions or information, please email locallens@accg.org.

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