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

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Matthew Turner named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter
Citizens' Academy participants receive Certificate of Completion
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest - Deadline Quickly Approaching
Curbside Rates Adjusted for Customers in Unincorporated Areas
Redistricting 2011
Congratulations to the lucky winner of the Camden County gift basket!
Help put a SMILE on the Faces of Children this Holiday Season
Celebrate Christmas in Woodbine - Sat, Dec. 3rd


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Public Hearings (Solid Waste, District Boundaries, and Electronic Game Promotions) and Regular BOCC Meeting


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

I hope you all are enjoying this Fall season! Recently, at a 2011 Economic Summit on November 2nd, I was encouraged by a presentation of the economic key outcomes that were determined for successful economic growth in our community. All of the City and County economic development organizations within Camden were present at this event. The underlining theme of this initiative is the willingness to embrace a well-coordinated team approach for improving the economic development of Camden County in a more strategic way. I applaud all who are involved for taking a very positive step in the right direction concerning this opportunity for these various entities to work closer together for the overall good of our community. [Learn more about this initiative...]


As we observed 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 with your family and friends! I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward. 




Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator



Matthew Turner named Camden County Government's Employee of the Quarter

Matthew TurnerOn Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at the regular scheduled Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Matthew Turner was recognized as the Employee of the Quarter for the 1st quarter of Fiscal Year 2012 for Camden County Government. Matthew has been a dedicated employee of the Camden County Sheriff's Office since June 2004. His commitment has played an important role in the growth and success of this organization. [Read more...]


The Board of County Commissioners expresses much gratitude for Matthew's efforts and commitment. On behalf of Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee, we'd like to congratulate Matthew on his efforts and for working with a true sense of team spirit, always being willing to help fellow workers and the public, and contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the County. Congratulations Matthew Turner!

Citizens' Academy participants receive Certificate of Completion

Participants of the Camden County Citizens' Academy received a certificate of completion for the 2011 program on Tuesday, November 1, 2011 at the regular scheduled Board of County Commissioner's meeting. This year's program ran from July to October, and was held one day per month. This community outreach program is designed to educate our residents on how daily county government operations and services contribute to building a better community. [Read more...]


The participants who completed the class and received their certificates on Tuesday are Jennifer Evans, Greg Moore, Donald Petrine, Tommy Thomas, Shavon-Kennedy Turner, and Gerald Young.

Citizens' Academy


The County will continue to build on the success of this program each year. Details about the 2012 class will be available in the coming months.

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

The 2011 "Showcase Camden County" photo Contest has officially closed.  Over sixty photo submissions were received for this year's contest!  The photos may be seen on Camden County's Facebook page 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 13, 2011. 


We would like to extend a thank you to all applicants of this years contest!

Camden County Curbside Rates Adjusted for Customers in Unincorporated Areas

Each year, the County's Solid Waste Ordinance calls for a review of the rates to ensure they cover the cost of service.  A 10-year history shows that rates were decreased by 4% despite an increase in expenses by 18%.  Rates have traditionally been well below the actual costs for each account due to subsidies that are no longer available. 


The most recent review occurred in June 2011 to coincide with the County's fiscal year.  The rate of $14.50 is the true cost of operating the service, and the Solid Waste Authority and Board of County Commissioners agreed to adopt this amount by a vote on June 07, 2011 in a public meeting to adjust the rates beginning July 01, 2011.  The rate is in-line with the level of service provided by other counties and the department continues to find ways to save on expenses to keep the rates as low as possible.  [Additional information]



All public hearings are open to the public.

  • Tuesday, November 1st - 6:00 p.m., First reading of the amdendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance
  • Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00 p.m., Second reading and adoption of the amendment to the Solid Waste Ordinance
Redistricting 2011 - What You Need to Know

The release of the 2010 United States Census triggers redistricting for county commissioner districts and other local government districts.  Camden County Government has reviewed the new census data and determined that the county commission districts must be redrawn in order to meet constitutional guarantees.  


Learn more about why counties redistrict, what will happen next in Camden County, who is affected, and how to provide your input about the proposed redistricting.


Official State Statistics 

Summary Map 

Detailed Map 

Citizen Input Survey


Please contact the County Administrator's Office for more information, (912) 510-0464.


A series of public hearing will be held to consider and receive public comment on the amendments to the  district boundaries to the Official Code of Camden County, Georgia:



All public hearings are open to the public.

  • Tuesday, November 1st - 6:00 p.m., First reading of the amdendment to the district boundaries
  • Tuesday, December 13th - 6:00 p.m., Second reading and adoption of the amendment to the district boundaries
Hay Days 2011 - Congratulatiosn to the lucky winner of the Camden County gift basket ... Tasha Nicholle Frame!

Tasha participated in the County's social media contest during October and won a "Camden County" themed gift basket that includes a throw blanket, "Camden's Challenge" history book, local cookbooks, Wildcats spirit gear, and much more!


Check out Tasha's scarecrow picture that she posted on our Facebook wall...WOW, what a crew! Happy Fall!

Hay Days 2011

STAR of Hope - Help put a SMILE on the Faces of Children this Holiday Season

STAR OF HOPE logoThe Sheriff's Office (CCSO) STAR of Hope program will soon be kicking off its 2011 fundraising efforts to support families in our community during the holiday season by providing Christmas to those in need. This is the 2nd annual project for the STAR of Hope since its inception in 2010. Last year on Christmas Eve, Santa and Mrs. Claus delivered food, clothes, and toys to 67 children in Camden County.


How can you help? Participate in any or all of the fundraisers listed below:

  • BBQ Lunch - Friday, December 2nd - 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Where: Woodbine Waterfront Park Cost: $8 per plate.  Lunches come with a large BBQ sandwich OR Chicken, baked beans, chips, and a drink. Whole Boston Butts will also be pre-sold for $25. DELIVERY IS AVAILABLE. Call (912) 510-0464 to pre-order by Monday, November 28th.
  • FOOD DRIVE- Non-perishable food items can be dropped off in the designated boxes located at the Sheriff's Offices and all county government buildings. [View poster

Camden County's HOPE committee, comprised of employees from the Board of County Commissioners offices, is excited to join efforts with the Sheriff's Office during the holiday season for this great cause!


View Fundraising Poster 


For more information about the program, or to make a donation, please contact Lisa Boyett at (912) 269-1597.


Celebrate Christmas in Woodbine
Saturday, December 3, 2011

Local & Student Artists Exhibit at City Hall: 12-4 PM

Home & Studio Tour: 12-4 PM

Soup & Sandwich Supper: 5-7:30 PM

Lighted Parade: 6 PM

Santa on the Riverwalk after parade!!


Tour tickets can be purchased at City Hall for $10.

Supper tickets can be purchased at Methodist Church for $7 (adults) or $5 (children).

Parade & Santa: FREE!!


View event poster.

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