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  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."


 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - January 2011

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Participants Complete 2010 Citizens Academy
Georgia Florida Renewable Energy Exposition
Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission to Serve District 4
County Participates in ACCG's Georgia County Internship Program
Submit your votes DAILY to help build Justin's Miracle Field
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest
Keeping Connected While On the Go
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 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest 
 Click Here for HOPE Charity Committee Initiatives 
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Board of County Commissioners Meetings 
January 18th
Regular Meeting
6:00 p.m.

February 1st
Regular Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569

*County offices will be CLOSED on January 17, 2011 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am pleased to make available to the community the 2010 Annual Report.  This publication summarizes the many efforts and accomplishments during 2010 that contributed to building a better community. The accomplishments of 2010 would not have been realized without the strong commitment from the citizens, the Board of County Commissioners, and dedicated county employees.

The 2010 Annual Report can be viewed online at Camden County's website:, OR simply click on the link below:


"Enhancing Your Quality of Life"

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The Board of County Commissioners will be conducting a Work Session on Tuesday, January 18th to set priorities for 2011-2012.


I wish you all a safe, happy, and prosperous new year! As always, I look forward to working with each of you in 2011 as we continue to move Camden County forward!



Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator
New Commissioners take the Oath of Office at first meeting in January
Commissioners taking the Oath of Office

Commissioner Clark stated, "I would like to thank everyone for the immense support received during my campaign, and extend my appreciation to the voters of District 2 for electing me to office.  As Commissioner, I will make informed decisions in the best interest of the taxpayers of Camden County.


Gary Blount added, "I am ready to work for the citizens of District 4; and I look forward to the challenges ahead."


The terms of Commissioners Clark and Blount are through December 31, 2014.


Additionally, the reorganization of the Board took place during this meeting. David L. Rainer was re-appointed to serve as Chair, and Commissioner Willis R. "Chip" Keene will serve as Vice-Chair.

As a result of the 2010 elections, Chuck Clark was elected to serve as Commissioner for District 2 and Gary Blount was elected to serve as Commissioner for District 4. Both individuals took office effective January 01, 2011 and were officially sworn in by the Honorable Judge Martin Gillette as Commissioners at the first regular Board meeting on Tuesday, January 04, 2011.

First Ever Georgia Florida Renewable Energy Expo to be held January 2011 in Camden County

Camden County's University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Office has partnered with the University of Florida, USDA, Coastal College of Georgia, Camden County Board of Commissioners and Camden County Schools to host the first ever Renewable Energy Expo on January 24, 2011.  The event will be held at the Coastal College of Georgia, Camden Center conveniently located just off of Georgia Exit #6 in Kingsland. The Expo will focus on emerging renewable energies technologies, cost-share programs and practical application of renewables that can be used for increased efficiency and conservation. 


Seven (7) workshops, lunch and vendor exhibits are included in the registration fee.  Discounted early bird registration fees are available prior to December 15.  Special rates for students are also available. 


If you represent a business that is interested in showcasing your products or services, limited space is still available for exhibitors for a fee of just $50.00.  Seats will be available on a first come-first serve basis. Please call (912) 576-3219 for more information.

Seeking Applicants for Planning Commission to Serve District 4

Due to a current vacancy, the Board of County Commissioners is seeking a qualified individual to serve as an appointed member to the Planning Board, representing District 4. The Camden County Planning Commission is an advisory body that makes recommendations on zoning property, land use amendments, and comprehensive plan policy. Qualified Applicants should submit there intent to serve on this Board in writing to Commissioner-Elect Gary Blount at . 

Additional info & qualifications...
County Participates in ACCG's Georgia County Internship Program
Interns Rufus Butler and Jennifer-Jo CluffDuring the months of November and December of 2010, the Board of County Commissioners participated in the Georgia County Internship Program (GCIP), through the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG), which provided counties throughout Georgia funding to hire full-time college students as paid interns for up to 160 hours. The County partnered with the College of Coastal Georgia to recruit two (2) qualified applicants for this opportunity at no cost to the County.


Interns, Rufus Butler and Jennifer-Jo Cluff, were recruited and performed excellent work in the areas in which they were assigned, including Administration, General Government and Human Resources. This opportunity helped these students gain professional work experience, as well as a better understanding of the functions of their local government. Rufus and Jennifer were publically recognized for their contributions to our organization during the Board meeting on Tuesday, January 04, 2011. 

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 January! 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

"Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest 2011Showcase Camden County Photo Contest

The "Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest has officially launched for 2011. This contest calls for photographers to submit their best photos of Camden County, Georgia to include its activities, people, attractions and events, as well as historic and scenic locations. Camden County's natural landscapes and unique events provide limitless creative inspiration to individuals that enjoy seeing the world through the lens of a camera. 


The 2011 contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of four categories:

  1. Landscapes
  2. Nature/Wildlife
  3. Transportation
  4. Current Events/People 
The deadline to submit photos is Friday, November 4, 2011. Detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules can be found at 

What about the results for 2010?

Over one hundred photo submissions were received during 2010, making that the most successful photo contest for Camden County yet! All of the photos are currently on display upstairs at the Government Services Complex in Woodbine,GA. Please click on the link below to view an online album of all photo submissions.

Congratulations to the following winners for 2010!

John Fleck - "Sunrise on the St. Marys River"
Overall Winner & Landscape Category Winner

Melissa Carter - "Tree Roots in Crooked River State Park"
Nature/Wildlife Category Winner

Melissa Carter - "Stone Wall at Oak Grove Cemetery"
Architecture Category Winniner

Cheryl Conner - "Seniors Practice Their Wave"
Special Events/Festivals Category Winner 
Keeping Connected While On the Go

A mobile friendly version of Camden County Government's website is now available for citizens on the go with the new CivicPlus MuniMobile™ tool. This feature automatically detects a mobile phone browser and displays the mobile version of Camden County's website accordingly. Mobile phone users still have the option to view the full site if they choose to do so.


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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


Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1     Commissioner Chuck Clark, District 2     Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3     Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4     Commissioner David L. Rainer, District 5

Our Commitment to You!
"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.
The Board of County Commissioners and employees of Camden County are committed to the following values: Integrity, Respect, Service, Accountability, Teamwork, and Balance.