Morgan named vice chair with committee

From Staff Reports

Newton County Board of Commissioners Chairman Kathy Morgan has been named vice chair of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia General County Government Policy Committee.

Morgan will serve through April 2011. Roger Boatright, county commission chairman in Bacon County, was named chair of the committee.

ACCG works through a series of six standing policy committees led by chairmen and vice-chairmen to develop the annual county legislative platform, which establishes the association's positions on state and federal legislative issues that may impact local government.

ACCG President and Union County Sole Commissioner Lamar Paris announced other new policy committee leadership as follows:

Natural Resources & Environment

* Chair: Randy Waskul, Whitfield County Commissioner

* Vice Chair: Billy Webster, Putnam County Commissioner

Economic Development & Transportation

* Chair: Richard Oden, Rockdale County Chairman

* Vice Chair: Jason Winters, Chattooga County Sole Commissioner

Revenue & Finance

* Chair: Hunter Bicknell, Jackson County Chairman

* Vice Chair: Lynne Riley, Fulton County Commissioner

Public Safety & Courts

* Chair: Donnie Hester, Tift County Commissioner

* Vice Chair: David Austin, Paulding County Chairman

Health & Human Services

* Chair: Rick Gardner, Bryan County Commissioner

* Vice Chair: Desse Davis, Emanuel County Commissioner

"These individuals are committed to increasing participation in our policy development process and building a strong grassroots network of county officials across the state who are interested in legislative advocacy," said ACCG Legislative Director Clint Mueller. "I look forward to working closely with these dedicated county officials to strengthen relationships with our state and federal legislators and build effective partnerships for our local communities."

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia provides leadership enhancement, cost-efficient services and public policy development and advocacy on behalf of Georgia's county officials their local communities. For more information on ACCG, go to www.accg.org.