Camden CountyCamden County
Board of Commissioners
Community Outreach eNewsletter
  "Working together to make a positive difference in the community."  


 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - May 2012


Connect With Us!

Find us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter View our videos on YouTube

 Keep up with what's going on in YOUR local government!

In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Andrew Cohn Day - May 15, 2012
Emergency Medical Services Week - May 20-26, 2012
Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange Ceremony
National County Government Month Celebrated during April
NCGM Social Media Contest
NCGM Art Project
County Seeking Volunteer Firefighters
Get our and take your best shot for the 2012 Shocase Camden County Photo Contest!


2011 Annual Report

 WorkReady Community
GA Camera Ready
 Storm Ready
 Code RED
 2012 Photo Contest 
 HOPE logo 
Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings

June 5

FY2013 Budget Public Hearing



Regular BOCC Meeting



June 19

Regular BOCC Meeting

Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
"Great Customer Service is the Cornerstone of Every Successful Organization!"
Your Opinion Counts
Please click on the link below to complete Camden County's customer service survey.
Free Prescription Discount Cards Available to Camden County Residents

Discount Rx Card

Click on the image above to view more information about this service.

A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County AdministratorThe proposed Fiscal Year 2013 Budget was presented to the Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, May 15, 2012. The continued financial challenge we face today is largely due to the consequences of a declining tax digest. The 2013 budget will be below the 2007 spending levels with no millage rate increase.  My goal is to have the balanced Fiscal Year 2013 Budget adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on June 19th.


Camden County was formally recognized during the 2012 Association of County Commissioners of Georgia annual meeting in May as an award recipient for the Seventh Annual Georgia County Excellence Awards program for its efforts in establishing the "Helping Citizens Save Lives - Andrew Cohn Automatic External Defibrillator Project." 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."


I look forward to working with each of you as we continue to move Camden County forward in 2012. 


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Andrew Cohn Day - May 15, 2012

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed May 15, 2012 as Andrew Cohn Day in Camden County. Harold & Becky Cohn, along with their two sons, Harold and Cory, accepted this proclamation at the board meeting on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.


Additionally, Chief Dennis Gailey and FF/EMT Stuart Sullivan presented the family with a wooden plaque showcasing the March 2012 edition of the Georgia Trend magazine in which Camden County is featured as one of Georgia's 2012 Counties of Excellence for the development of the Andrew Cohn Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Project.


Emergency Medical Services Week
May 20-26, 2012

The Board of County Commissioners proclaimed that May 20-26, 2012 be recognized as Emergency Medical Services Week in Camden County. The Board encourages the community to observe EMS Week next week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities to recognize the value and accomplishments of Camden County Fire Rescue personnel and other emergency physicians, emergency nurses, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators, and administrators.


Accepting the proclamation on behalf of all emergency medical services professionals are [from left] FF/Paramedic James Carver, FF/Paramedic Nick Khan, Chair David L. Rainer, Chief Gill Kelley, FF Derek Carver, Lt. Kevin Thrift, FF/EMT Stuart Sullivan, and Chief Dennis Gailey.

Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange Ceremony

The official opening and dedication ceremony for Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange was held on Monday, May 7, 2012. 


The interchange is dedicated in memory of Sergeant Carlton "Dan" Jenkins.  Sergeant Jenkins made the ultimate sacrifice and was killed in the line of duty on August 28, 2000 after serving more than ten years of active law enforcement in Camden County. This memorial will honor his service to Camden County citizens and the State of Georgia.

View Full Press Release - Posted May 4, 2012

View Full Press Release - Posted April 27, 2012


Photo Album - Horse Stamp Church Road Interchange Ceremony - May 7, 2012

National County Government Month  Celebrated during April - Leaders Promoted "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families"

The Board of County Commissioners celebrated National County Government Month (NCGM) during April to highlight county government programs and services to the public. The theme for this year's celebration of NCGM was "Health Counties, Healthy Families."  [View full press release]


NCGM Social Media Contest

One of the featured NCGM events included a social media contest to win a "Living Well" gift basket to promote healthy lifestyles in our community.  More than 20 participants posted photos on the County's Facebook page of themselves, family, or friends being active by participating in a sport, exercising, or eating healthy foods to promote their healthy lifestyles and hobbies.


Congratulations to Kerry Talbert, the lucky winner of the LIVING WELL gift basket! Also, congratulations to Katie Bishop, the lucky winner for the employee Living Well gift basket! Both gift baskets were sponsored by generous donations and were not County funded.

NCGM Art Project

In conjunction with National County Government Month during April 2012, the County hosted an art project for the Camden County High School art students. Posters were created by the art students of Mr. Day focused on the NCGM theme "Healthy Counties, Healthy Families." The posters were displayed at the Government Services Complex in Woodbine during April and May. This project creates awareness of the interconnectivity between government and community.


Click on the link below to view the online art album:

Photo Album - National County Government Month 2012 - CCHS Art Project
County Seeking Volunteer Firefighters

Camden County Fire Rescue is recruiting volunteer firefighters to be a part of the department. The volunteer firefighter program will be used to augment existing personnel to meet the needs of the community now and in the future.


Visit the program website for the most current information:


Contact Fire Rescue Headquarters at (912) 729-3911 for questions about this program. 


View Recruitment Flyer

Get out and take your best shot for the 2012 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest!

The "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 2012 contest calls for photos to be submitted under one of four categories:

  • Landscapes
  • Nature/Wildlife
  • Transportation
  • Current Events/People 

One winner per category will be awarded. Each winning category participant will receive a $50 Visa gift card. An overall photograph will be chosen among all of the submitted photos of each category. The overall winner will receive an additional $100 Visa gift card. Gift card prizes are not County funded and are generously donated by sponsors.


The deadline to submit photos is Friday, November 9, 2012. Detailed information regarding the photo contest & rules can be found by clicking the link below:


 "SHOWCASE CAMDEN COUNTY" Photo Contest 2012
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