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Community Outreach Newsletter
  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."
  A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - November 2010
In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Ground Breaking Ceremony Commences Construction of Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange
Camden County Awarded Emergency Management Performance Grant
Joey Clark Recognized as Employee of the Quarter
Submit your votes DAILY to help build Justin's Miracle Field
Smoke Alarms: Up, Down and All Around
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Don't just give thanks - give to someone in need for Thanksgiving!
Christmas for Camden Kids
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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator
I am pleased to announce that The Government Finance Officers Association of the U.S and Canada awarded Camden County the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). This is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. [More...]

Additionally, at the October 19th Board of County Commissioners meeting, a presentation was made by Stuart Sullivan of Camden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) to raise awareness and support about the Andrew Cohn AED Project to have an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in every school and recreational park throughout the country. While there are several important components to the Andrew Cohn AED Project, CCFR has assisted with one very important step....the "Borrow an AED" Program. This program gives members of the Camden County community the opportunity to "borrow" one of these AED devices from Fire Rescue Headquarters (Station 10) in Kingsland. 


This is an important service and we are excited that the "Borrow an AED" Program is currently up and running, and has been established at NO cost to the taxpayer.  This program was made possible by the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, which provided a grant in the amount of $6,745 that funded five (5) Cardiac Science fully automatic AEDs and all associated accessories and travel cases. [More...]

As we observe Veteran's Day on November 11th, I'd like to thank the Veteran's for your service to our country and for the sacrifices you've made. I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday! As always, I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward!

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
Ground Breaking Ceremony Officially Commences the Construction of Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange
HSCR Interchange Ground Breaking Ceremony
Pictured from left: Chip Keene - BOCC, Scott Brazell - Director, Public Works, Katherine Nisi Zell - BOCC, Will Murphy - GDOT, Glenn Durrance - GDOT, Tom Moreland - Moreland Altobelli & Associates, and Steve Howard, County Administrator
Local officials, project managers, and engineers gathered together on Wednesday, November 03, 2010 after 12 years of planning, designing, and permitting Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange, or Exit 22 of I-95, to officially 'break ground' for the construction of this project. "This is an exciting day to see this project become a reality! Once complete, the new interchange presents enormous opportunities for Camden County's future," said Steve L. Howard, County Administrator.

Seaboard Construction & Roger's Bridge have teamed together and been awarded the contract for this project for $10.9 million. Moreland Altobelli & Associates has performed the services of Project Justification, Concept Design, Right-of-Way Services, Environmental Permitting, and Final Design. Construction of the project is expected to take 24 months with the Georgia Department of Transportation overseeing.


Craig Brack and Camden County Joint Development Authority originally administered this project, with Camden County Public Works finalizing the project coordination with Moreland Altobelli & Associates.

Camden County Awarded Emergency Management Performance Grant
EMACamden County Government has been awarded $25,000 through the 2010 Emergency Management Performance Grant (EMPG) Response and Recovery grant program. This award will be coordinated through Camden County's Emergency Management Agency (EMA). Together with the annual EMPG Agreement, funds will continue to support our efforts to mitigate the potential for harm to the citizens of Georgia and aid in the timely provision of emergency services to those impacted by natural disasters, or acts of terrorism. "This is great news of this award! I appreciate the outstanding job County team members have done to achieve this grant as we continue to pursue innovative revenue sources to support county services," said Steve L. Howard, County Administrator.
Employee of the Quarter - Joey Clark
Joey Clark

Joey Clark

Employee of the Quarter

Joey Clark was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year 2011 for Camden County Government. Joey has been a valued employee of Camden County since September 2004 and has worked behind the scenes with Fire Rescue since November 2007 as the only mechanic to provide service and repair to the County's rescue vehicles and equipment.


"Camden County Fire Rescue operates a 24-hour a day operation dependent upon a reliable infrastructure such as emergency vehicles and equipment to save lives and protect property. Joey's ambition and dedication to providing superior service allows the department to be functional and always ready for the next emergency," said Chief Dennis Gailey. "There is never a task too large or small for Joey, and he is always willing to stay as long as it takes to get the job done." [More...]

Submit your votes DAILY to help build Justin's Miracle Field!
The Miracle League of Camden County

The Miracle League of Camden County was accepted into Pepsi's Refresh Everything Grant Program during the month of November! The top 10 recipients in each category will receive a $50,000 grant. Our goal is to get the Miracle League's project of building "Justin's Miracle Field" into the top 10 for the category of Neighborhoods.


The Miracle League of Camden County needs YOUR help!! Please visit to vote DAILY until the end of November. Online voting can be done once per day per email address or account set up. You can also vote DAILY by texting 103064 to Pepsi (73774) AND by installing the Facebook application on your page.


To learn more about The Miracle League of Camden County visit

Smoke Alarms: Up, Down and All Around - Local Fire Departments Reinforced Newer Smoke Alarm Recommendations during October
Fire Prevention LogoCamden County Fire Rescue (CCFR) partnered with Kingsland, St. Marys, and Kings Bay fire departments during October to promote the campaign "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!" in area schools.  Fire safety education was taught to approximately 7,000 children in all elementary schools in Camden, Charlton, and Brantley Counties through clown performances, uniformed firefighters, and Camden County's Fire Safety House. "This year's Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Camden County were a huge success," says Chris Goebel, Fire Marshal of CCFR. Many homes in our community may not have any smoke alarms, not enough smoke alarms, alarms that are too old, or alarms that are not working. We want residents to understand that working smoke alarms are needed in every home, on every level, outside each sleeping area and inside each bedroom. And, if a smoke alarm is 10 years old or older, it needs to be replaced. Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire."

The local fire departments will be joining other fire departments throughout the State to participate in a statewide Fire Safety Blitz in Vidalia, GA during the week of November 17 to teach fire prevention in that area. This is an annual week-long event sponsored by the GA Public Safety Educators Association that provides education to areas that show a high fire risk to children.


To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities held in Camden County, please contact the Camden County Fire Marshal's Office at (912) 729-3911 or (912) 510-4302. To learn more about "Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With!," visit NFPA's Web site at

Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest

The 2010 Camden County Showcase Camden County Photo Contest has officially closed.  Over one hundred photo submissions were received, making this the most successful photo contest for Camden County yet!  The photos may be seen on the Camden County's official website at and will be on display at the Camden County Government Services Complex in Woodbine.

 Over the next few weeks the judging process will take place and the winners will be announced at the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on December 14, 2010. 


Over the years many of the photographs submitted have been used on both Camden County's official website as well as various other free publications.  Last years winning photo, submitted by June Pounds, was featured on the cover of the Association of County Commissioners Annual Yearbook and distributed to every county in Georgia, showcasing Camden County's enticing beauty.  We would like to extend a thank you to all applicants of this years contest!

Don't just give thanks - give to someone in need for Thanksgiving!
To assist those who struggle with poverty and famine in our community, Camden County Government's HOPE Committee is partnering with CCHS SkillsUSA and Brant Creek Apartments to collect non-perishable food items to benefit those in need during this Thanksgiving holiday season. [Full article...]

All items that are collected will be donated to The Salvation Army. Each year, The Salvation Army, Kiwanis and other community organizations provide Thanksgiving Food Boxes to families. In 2009, 784 people received Thanksgiving Food Boxes. Approximately 80% of all applications for Thanksgiving Food Boxes are fulfilled by The Salvation Army. Any and all donations are appreciated and used to "Do The Most Good."

Items can be dropped off in the designated boxes at County offices, Camden County High School, and Brant Creek Apartments. For the safety of those we serve, we are unable to accept open packages, homemade food items, perishable foods, or items with expired dates. For more information or to have a bin delivered to your office please contact Katie Bishop at (912) 576-5651. The deadline for all donations is Friday, November 19, 2010.

Christmas for Camden Kids
Camden County's HOPE Committee is also partnering with CCKChristmas for Camden Kids (CCK) for a community-wide effort to provide Christmas gifs to children in Camden County, as well as Charlton County. CCK was able to provide Christmas for over 1500 children in Camden County in 2009. The fundraising goal for 2010 is $25,000, which will help meet the needs of at least as many children as provided for previously.

CCK is hosting several fundraisers:
  • Take a Chance to Win a Gift Basket - $1 for one (1) ticket or $5 for six (6) tickets. Tickets can be purchased at Camden County Tax Commissioner's Office, County Clerk's Office, Salvation Army or the Board of Realtors Office. Drawings will be held on December 3, 2010.
  • Want to spend MORE time with your family and LESS time in the kitchen during Thanksgiving? Order a Pre-Cooked Smoked Turkey or Ham to be picked up Wednesday, November 24, 2010! $25.00 each.

For information on how you can help us meet the needs of the children of Camden County, please contact Nanette Hamilton at (912) 882-2200.

As always, one of our goals is to ensure we are providing the citizens of Camden County information and a better understanding of current issues involving Camden County Government. We hope you enjoyed reading our monthly Community Outreach newsletter and found it informative. We encourage and value your feedback and any input you may have to help us improve it in the future.  

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By working together Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

Willis R. Keene, Jr. - Commissioner, District 1   Katherine Nisi Zell - Commissioner, District 2   Jimmy Starline, Commissioner - District 3   Charlene Sears - Commissioner, District 4   David L. Rainer - Commissioner, District 5
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"Helping to make Camden County the best place to be by preserving and enhancing the history and quality of life while promoting smart growth and providing an efficient, effective and responsive government."
It is the mission of Camden County Government to provide responsive, innovative, and cost effective services, promote smart growth, effectively communicate with the community, improve infrastructure and technology, preserve the health, welfare, safety, and environment while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes our county a desirable place to live and work.
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