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ACCA salutes Coffee County Commission with Excellence in County Government Award

Thursday, Oct 12,2017

The Coffee County Commission’s work to develop a capital plan to maintain county-owned buildings has garnered a statewide award presented by the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.
The Coffee County Commission received the 2017 Award for Excellence in County Government in the Urban Category. The award recognizes innovative and effective programs initiated or completed between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, in counties with populations more than 50,000.
The award honors programs implemented by the commission itself and not its agencies or boards, and it does not recognize required programs the county has merely carried out well. Instead, the award honors special efforts by commissions to meet the needs of their communities using innovative methods.
“County commissions are doing a great deal of excellent work above and beyond normal county services,” said ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield. “The Association’s awards program helps focus attention on the efforts that county commissions are putting forward each day to better their communities and provide unique services.”
The winning entry, titled “Coffee County Capital Improvement Plan,” was chosen best among all entries during the judging process. Judges used a numerical scoring system emphasizing the program’s stated objective, involvement of the county commission in the program’s implementation, the benefit of the program to the taxpayer and the program’s overall quality. The award-winning program developed by the Coffee County Commission implemented a comprehensive and systematic plan to address current problems with county owned buildings and anticipate future needs. The Commission was also able to identify a funding mechanism for both current and future projects.
The Coffee County Commission was recognized and awarded at the Association’s 89th Annual Convention in Perdido Beach last month.
The Association of County Commissions of Alabama is a statewide organization representing county government in Alabama. ACCA promotes improved county government services in Alabama, offers educational programs for county officials and their staff members, administers insurance programs for county governments and employees, offers legal advice, and represents the interests of county government before state and federal organizations and agencies. The activities of the Association are governed by a board of directors composed of three officers, past presidents and representatives elected from 12 Alabama districts.

Photo: The Excellence in County Government Award was presented recently to Coffee County from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. Commission chairman Dean Smith (yellow shirt) accepted the award. Also present were commissioners Jimmy Jones, Tom Grimsley, Al Britt, and Kim Ellis, along with county administrator Rod Morgan and county engineer Randy Tindell.