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


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

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Local State of Emergency Ends - Countywide Ban on Open Fire is Lifted
"Fill the Boot" Help Fight Muscular Dystrophy
Miracle League Grand Opening slated for September 17, 2011!
Curbside Collection Fee Changes
Traffic Citations can NOW be Processed Online
Willis R. 'Chip' Keene, Jr. Achives Designation of Certified County Commissioner
Hurricane Season 2011 - Always Be Prepared!
Bryan-Lang Foundation Offers Rodney Sheffield Memorial Scholarship
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest


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A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator

I am excited to announce that during the month of June Camden County Government launched social media networks to better communicate with its citizens! Camden County hopes to further grow stronger relationships between the community through the use of these social media networks, which include Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Click on the images below to connect with us on these sites to keep up with what's going on in YOUR local government!


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Camden County's 2011 Citizens' Academy program also succesfully kicked off duing the month of June! This program provides the opportunity for citizens to network and engage with County leaders and learn more about their local government. I encourage all interested persons to take part in this program to understand how their tax dollars contribute to building a better community.


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

Local State of Emergency Ends - Countywide Ban on Open Fire is Lifted

As weather conditions have returned to a manageable and safe state, Chair David L. Rainer signed a resolution on July 19 ending the local state of emergency that had been in effect for nearly a month and lifting the outdoor burn ban in Camden County.


Chairman Rainer expressed his appreciation for the cooperation and understanding shown by the citizens of Camden County during the state of emergency which banned the use of personal fireworks during the 4th of July holiday.


Burn permits will still need to be obtained before doing any outdoor burning. Permits will only be issued for small piles of yard debris. Residents of the City of Kingsland may obtain burn permits from Kingsland Fire Rescue at (912) 729-8270. Residents of the City of St. Marys may obtain burn permits from St. Marys Fire Department at (912) 882-6289. All other residents who live in the City of Woodbine and in the unincorporated areas of the county may obtain burn permits from Georgia Forestry at (912) 576-5387.


Visit to learn about tips to promote Fire Wise Communities.

"FILL THE BOOT!" - Help Camden County Fireghters Fight Muscular Dystrophy

CCFR has launched the 2011 "Fill the Boot" drive for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Funds raised give MDA the means to provide direct services, research and professional and public health education to children and adults with neuromuscular diseases.


CCFR - Fill the Boot 2011

[Pictured from left: FF/Paramedic Justin Lee, FF/EMT Bryan Lukas, FF/Paramedic Austin Mays, Chief Dennis Gailey, Lt. Robert Haddock, FF/Engineer Zip Amerine, FF/EMT Travis Swann, and FF Matt Lee]

During Labor Day weekend, firefighters will be out collecting donations from passersby at Wal-Mart on September 2nd - 3rd and Woodbine Grocery on September 3rd - 5th to achieve their goal of $5,000. Beginning now, County employees are selling mobiles for $1 and $5 that will be displayed in County buildings.


Additionally, Camden County Government's HOPE Team [charity committee] will host a BBQ Lunch and Bake Sale on Friday, August 26th. The MDA Bake Sale will be held at the Government Services Complex in Woodbine. The BBQ Lunches will be pre-sold for $8/per plate and will include a large BBQ sandwich, baked beans, chips, and a drink. Lunches may be picked up at Woodbine Waterfrom Park pavilion, or delivery is available from 11am - 1pm. Contact Katie Bishop at (912) 576-5651 or Julie Swick at (912) 510-0464 to pre-order your BBQ lunch today!


Lt. Chris Goebel, Camden County's Fire Marshal, said, "CCFR has participated in this event for several years now. We are looking forward to this year's boot drive, and thank the public in advance for their generous support of this great cause to help fight neuromuscular diseases." For more information about this year's MDA "Fill the Boot" campaign, or to learn how you can contribute, please contact CCFR at (912) 729-3911.


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Miracle League GRAND OPENING is slated for September 17, 2011! 
Accepting Registration for Players and Volunteers for Fall 2011 Season

The Miracle League of Camden CountyBe sure to mark your calendars for the GRAND OPENING of the Miracle League of Camden County on Saturday, September 17, 2011!


Camden County's HOPE Team hosted several fundraisers during 2010 to raise money to help build "Justin's Miracle Field" in Kingsland. Recently, this project was selected by the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation to receive a $78,000 grant! This grant amount will fund the remaining contruction needs for the project.


Camden County HOPE Team will continue to work closely with this non-profit organization during the Summer to help prepare for this exciting event in our community! The Miracle League is currently accepting names for players and buddies.


Register to participate in the first season of the Miracle League of Camden County! 
Fall 2011 Player Registration Form - Deadline: September 1, 2011


Serve as a VOLUNTEER for the Miracle Leage of Camden County.  Volunteer Agreement Form


For more information about participating as a player or volunteering, please contact The Miracle League by email at, or by phone at (912) 322-1970. 

Curbside Collection Fee Changes
Camden County provdes a curbside collection service once a week to residents through Stateline Disposal contractor. The Curbside Collection office strives to provide the best service possible at a nominal fee to its residential customers.

  • The current charge is $43.50 per quarter- this includes one residential 90 gallon cart and one 15 gallon recycling bin.
  • Billing is done on a quarterly basis (1st quarter January-March, 2nd quarter April-June, 3rd quarter July- September, and the 4th quarter October- December).
  • Tenants of rental properties will not be billed; the bills will remain in the property owners name and will be sent to the same mailing address that appears on the property tax bills.
  • Adjustments will be made for vacancies if they are reported immediately and proper documentation is given.
  • Any change in mailing address or ownership should be reported to the Camden County Curbside Collection Office at (912) 510-6881 and proof must be given at that time.
  • Financial Hardship Exemptions are available for qualified applicants and are certified through the Department of Family and Children Services. If you think you may qualify for this exemption, contact the Curbside Collection Office at 912-510-6881 to apply.

For more information about this service, please contact the Curbside Collection office at (912) 510-6881.


Traffic Citations can NOW be Processed Online

The Probate Court of Camden County is responsible for processesing all misdemeanor traffic offenses. Citizens now have the convenient option to pay these citations online. EZCourtPay, LLC. is a secure online payment processing site used to accept electroninc payment for the charge(s) brought against you.


If you have a traffic citation that still needs to be paid, simply click on the following link to select your jurisdiction (e.g. Camden County Probate Court), enter the citation number, and enter your date of birth.


EZCourtPay Online Payment Solutions 


For more information about how to pay your traffic citation, please contact the Probate Court of Camden County at (912) 576-3785.

Willis R. "Chip" Keene, Jr. Achieves Designation of Certified County Commissioner 

The University of Georgia and the Association of County Commissioners (ACCG) of Georgia announced that Willis R. "Chip" Keene, Jr. has completed all of the coursework required to receive his certification as a Certified County Commissioner.


A certificate will be formally presented to Commissioner Keene on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at ACCG's Legislative Conference in Atlanta. Commissioner Keene began his 4-year term in January 2009 representing District 1 of Camden County, and is currently appointed as Vice-Chair for the Board of County Commissioners.


The Certified Commissioners' Training Program provides a solid foundation in key areas of local government including county law, property tax assessment and appraisal, human resources, ethics and other topics. Commissioners receive certification following the completion of five required and three elective classes, for a total of 48 hours of coursework. Additional information about this program can be found on ACCG's website at, under the Training and Meetings section.

Hurricane Season 2011 - Always Be Prepared!

EMAYou don't have to be a meteorologist to know that 2011 has already been an unusual year for extreme weather and natural disasters. Be safe by being prepared. Check out Camden County's Hurricane Guide 2011 to learn more about how to reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster. You can also visit the Emergency Management Agency's webpage to learn more about preparedness and planning for hurricanes, or contact EMA directly by phone at (912) 729-5602.

Bryan-Lang Foundation Offers Rodney Sheffield Memorial Scholarship

The Bryan-Lang Foundation, Inc. is offering an academic scholarship to a Camden County student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in history or a history-related field at a Georgia educational institution.  The Rodney W. Sheffield Memorial Scholarship will be given to a graduating high school senior and to a non-traditional college bound or currently enrolled college student.  The applicant must be a Camden County resident and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or above.


The deadline for the first scholarship has already passed. The second scholarship deadline will be October 1, 2011. [Read on...]

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

The 2011 "Showcase Camden County" Photo 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. Visit the Community Relations section of the County's website to view detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules.
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 the 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.  

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

     Willis R. Keene, Jr.       Chuck Clark           Jimmy Starline            Gary Blount          David L. Rainer

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