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March 11, 2023

County Commissioners Attend 2023 Legislative Breakfast

On Thursday, March 9, county commissioners traveled from across the state to attend the 2023 ACCG Legislative Breakfast. Those in attendance got to hear first-hand about local legislation from some of the top Georgia elected officials including Speaker of the House Jon Burns and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, State Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry and State Revenue Commissioner Frank O'Connell also addressed attendees. Click here to access photos from the event.

Secretary of State Brad Raffenspurger speaks on emerging election issues.

State Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry discusses recent transportation initiatives.

Sen. Blake Tillery (far left), a former Toombs County chairman, and Lt. Governor Burt Jones (center).

Toombs County Officials Visit the State Capitol

After the 2023 Legislative Breakfast, several Georgia county officials took advantage of their time in Atlanta and visited the Capitol to meet with their legislative delegation and attend committee meetings. Toombs County officials are pictured with Lt. Governor Burt Jones and State Senator Blake Tillery who is also a former Toombs County Chairman.

Fred Cephas Makes History as New Gwinnett County Fire Chief

The Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners recently approved a recommendation by County Administrator Glenn Stephens to appoint Fred Cephas as Gwinnett County Fire Chief. Russell Knick, who has served as chief since 2018, will move into a leadership position within the County Administrator’s office. Cephas has made history as the first black fire chief in the County's history. As the new chief, he will continue to work on retention and team building within Fire and Emergency Services and support other departments and agencies in the county government. His promotion is effective April 1.

Whitfield County EMA Deputy Director Jeff Ownbey, EMA/911 Director David Metcalf, Local3News Channel Chief Meteorologist David Karnes.

Whitfield County Gave Out 100 Weather Radios to Members of the Community

Whitfield County Emergency Management partnered with News Channel 3 to provide 100 weather radios to members of the community. The event helped promote the importance of resident preparedness in case of an emergency. The county plans to hand out more weather radios soon.

Whitfield County Chairman Jevin Jensen and resident picking up a weather radio.

Emergency Management Coordinator Christina Byrd giving out weather radios.

Douglas County Fire/EMS, E-911 & Douglas County CSB Launch Co-Responders Program

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve an agreement between the Douglas County E-911 Operations Center and the Douglas County Community Services Board (CSB) to provide care to persons in Douglas County who are experiencing a behavioral health emergency. The co-responder program will continue to help the individual(s) after their behavioral health emergency.

Pictured: Lloyd Green, Fire Chief; Mark Maskule, Fire Marshal; John Crittenden; and Terry Parsons, Fire Inspectors.

The Office of the Fire Marshal for Lowndes County Fire Rescue Has Been Deputized

The State of Georgia Commissioner of Insurance Office recently deputized the Office of the Fire Marshal for Lowndes County Fire Rescue. This process allows the local Fire Marshal to conduct inspections, fire investigations, and plans review. In addition, it will enable the local Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) to operate in the same capacity as the state-level Fire Marshals and Inspectors.

Camilla Massacre Marker Unveiled at Mitchell County Courthouse

A dedication of the Camilla Massacre historical marker was installed on the grounds of the Mitchell County Courthouse on Monday, March 6. Members of the public - as well as officials with the Georgia Historical Society, county, city and the office of Congressman Sanford Bishop - were on site for the unveiling of the marker.

Elyse Butler of the Georgia Historical Society, Marvin Broadwater Sr., and Pastor Charles Gilbert unveil the Camilla Massacre historical marker.

Mitchell County officials left to right: Commissioner David Sullivan, Vice Chairman Reggie Bostick, Commissioner Julius Hatcher, Assistant County Administrator Johnny Duckworth, Commissioner Keith Jones, County Administrator Gary Rice.

Visit the Conference Website to Stay Updated

The 2023 ACCG Annual Conference website, an all-in-one place for all things Annual Conference, is now available. View conference highlights, the full agenda, Buyer’s Mart information, access Lifelong Learning Academy course materials, and more. 

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