As part of the National Association of Counties (NACo) National County Government Month, on Thursday, April 27, 2017, the Elmore County Commission hosted over 200 senior high school students from across the county. Despite the dreary weather, students came from Elmore County High School, Holtville High School, Stanhope Elmore High School, Tallassee High School and Victory Baptist. This year’s theme was “Brilliant Ideas at Work – from NACo: Counties play an essential role in keeping America’s communities healthy, vibrant and safe.” The goal of the event was to provide a great opportunity to familiarize students with various county agencies and their functions and to increase their awareness of the role and responsibility of County Government. This goal was achieved by introducing the seniors to their county elected officials, exposing them to a Commission Meeting and allowing them to hear from representatives from different departments and agencies funded by the County.
Commission Chairman Troy Stubbs stated, “I look at County Government Day as an opportunity for the students across Elmore County to learn more about the responsibilities and efforts that our local county officers make to improve Elmore County.” He continued, “It’s great for these students who will be graduating this year … This is a great opportunity for them to become familiar with all the different things that county government is.”
Throughout the day, students rotated from one demonstration to the next while learning about the function of different county departments. Special items during this year’s event included a presentation of a Resolution honoring the life and service of Captain Robert Terry Ward and the presentation of a Proclamation recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Students heard presentations from the Emergency Management Agency, Highway Department, and Sheriff’s Department Special Operations Unit. They also toured booths of over ten county agencies. In addition, eligible students were given the opportunity to register to vote. The day concluded with a barbecue lunch and tossing around Elmore County frisbees.
Commissioner Daugherty, Sheriff Bill Franklin and Chairman Stubbs presented a Resolution to Ruth Ward honoring the service of Captain Terry Ward.
Commissioners, DHR and the County Extension Office recognized April as Child Abuse Prevention month.