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

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Camden County awarded $1.2 Million Dollar Grant
Camden County receives ACCG Award for AED Project
Showcase Camden County Photo Contest - Winners Announced
2011 Changes to the Curbside Collection Program
Board Adopts 2011 Redistricting Plan
Help put a SMILE on the Faces of Children this Holiday Season


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

The County is finishing the 2011 year with some exciting news that I'm thrilled to share with you! We have been awarded a $1.2 million dollar grant from the federal homeland security grant program to build infrastructure to join the Southeast Georgia Regional Radion Network. Additionally, we were an award recipient for the Seventh Annual Georgia County Excellence awards program for establishing the "Helping Citizens Save Live - Andrew Cohn AED Project!" Details about both of the awards can be found in the articles below.


I look forward to releasing the 2011 Annual Report in mid-January 2012. This report is intended to inform citizens about the accomplishments of your county government over the past year.


I wish you and your family the very best this holiday season and happiness in the New Year! 


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Camden County awarded $1.2 Million Dollar Grant

The State of Georgia has awarded Camden County Board of County Commissioners a sub-grant funded from the federal Homeland Security grant program. The amount of the grant is $1,200,000 to build capabilities that enhance homeland security. These monies are awarded for interoperable communication capability. This grant is specifically awarded to build infrastructure to join the Southeast Georgia Regional Radio Network.


Steve Howard stated, "I am thrilled with the announcement of this award!  The grant will greatly assist Camden County in reaching its goal of participating in a regional interoperable voice communications network with other public safety agencies throughout Southeast Georgia."


There are several benefits for each participating agency to work together on this system; one of most important benefits is interoperability. When you participate in a large event, such as a hurricane that spans several jurisdictions, it is essential to communicate with all the local agencies. This system would be the backbone of those agencies' ability to communicate in real time when needed with one another.

Camden County receives ACCG Award for the "Helping Citizens Save Lives - Andrew Cohn AED Project!"

Camden County was selected as an award recipient for the Seventh Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards program! The county was recognized for its efforts in establishing the "Helping Citizens Save Lives - Andrew Cohn Automatic External Defibrillator Project." The selection committee that nominated Camden County was composed of public and private sector officials as well as individuals who have previously served as local government officials.


Steve Howard, County Administrator stated, "It's an honor for Camden County to be recognized on a state level by its peers for its partnerships and leadership in providing innovative, effective and fiscally responsible programs for its citizens."


The County will be recognized in the March 2012 edition of the Georgia Trend magazine and will be formally recognized during the 2012 Association of County Commissioners of Georgia annual meeting.

"Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest 2011Showcase Camden County Photo Contest 2011 Logo - Winners Announced!

The 2011 "Showcase Camden County" photo contest were announced on Tuesday, December 13th. Congratulations to Ron Williams, Terry Ross, Michelle Preston, and Deborah Baird!  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.


Pictured from left: Ron Williams (overall photo contest winner and "People" category winner), Michelle Preston ( "Transportation" category winner), Terry Ross ("Nature/Wildlife" category winner), and Deborah Baird ("Landscapes" category winner)


We would like to extend a thank you to all applicants of this years contest! [Read more]

2011 Changes to the Curbside Collection Program - Ordinance Revision adopted by Board of County Commissioners 12/13/2011

The services offered have not been changed but policies and procedures have been modified to reduce program costs. The changes pertain to how the program is administered.

Please click on the following link to view the highlighted changes:

Changes to the Curbside Collection Program

Board Adopts 2011 Redistricting Plan

The release of the 2010 United States Census triggered 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 and who is affected.


Official State Statistics 

Summary Map 

Detailed Map 


The Board of County Commissioners adopted the amendment to the redistricting boundaries of on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Please contact the County Administrator's Office for more information, (912) 510-0464.

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 supports 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.


In addition to the toys that were donated, the 2011 Annual Food Drive was once again a huge success in part to the generous support and donations of our Employees, Citizens, Camden County High School SkillsUSA, Brant Creek Apartments, City of St. Marys, Osprey Cove Women's Club and Law Office of Ed Clary.  We were able to distribute over 2500 non-perishable food items between the New Wave of Glory Soup Kitchen, located in Kingsland, and the Camden County Sheriff's Office Star of Hope program to help provide meals to those less fortunate during the holiday season. 


"Thanks to everyone who helped make this food drive a whopping success!  Without this generous support we could not have made this the most successful food drive to date.  It brings me great joy to see our community come together to help fight hunger in Camden County." Katie Bishop


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

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

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