County Commissioners and select staff attended the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) 89th Annual Conference this week. Commissioners and department managers throughout Alabama meet each year to share common concerns, learn new practices and to hear about recent legislation. This year’s conference focused on “Getting in the Game”. Attendees heard speakers’ thoughts on the future of Alabama’s prisons, rural healthcare, shifting populations, Census 2020, ATRIP-2 and much more. Commissioners and affiliate members (county administrators, county engineers and emergency management directors) participated in breakout sessions covering a variety of topics specifically related to each affiliation.
The final day of the conference included a Business Meeting where the ACCA membership elected the 2017 – 2018 officers of the Board of Directors. This year, during the Business Meeting, the composition of the Legislative Committee was altered to include one commissioner from each county. The Elmore County Commission chose to appoint Commissioner Bart Mercer to serve in this capacity for the upcoming year.
An awards ceremony was also conducted the final day to recognize long-time public servants and those who have completed various training programs. The County Commission congratulates Deputy Administrator, Neil Cyriac, who received a Certificate in County Administration for completing 60 hours of coursework through the County Government Education Institute. County Commissioners Mack Daugherty and Bart Mercer were presented Alabama Local Government Training Institute certificates for completing 50 hours of mandatory coursework to be completed by all new commissioners within their first two years in office.
Each year, the ACCA Conference provides an abundance of resources for our attendees to bring back to Elmore County in order to better serve the citizens. The Commission looks forward to sharing more information from the conference in the near future.