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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - April 2013


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
GA Dept of Transportation Holds Public Information Open House
National County Government Month
Employee of the 2nd Quarter
2013 "Showcase Camden" Photo Contest
New Probate Judge Elected



 WorkReady Community
GA Camera Ready
 Storm Ready
 Code RED
 Showcase Camden County Photo Contest    
April 23rd

Regular BOCC Meeting



May 14th 

Regular BOCC




County Offices will be closed Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day

 May 28th

Regular BOCC



Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
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Camden County Fire Rescue Seeking Volunteers

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 peronnel 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.

A Message from the County Administrator
Steve L. Howard, County Administrator
We have started the preparation for Fiscal Year 2014 Budget.  The past three years have been challenging, the reduction of the tax digest has been reduced by - 19.88% ($3.8 Million Dollars). We have managed through the worst economic downturn of our generation.  
During the FY 14 Budget adoption, we will continue to be confronted with making difficult choices and decisions.  However, with the strong commitment of the Board of County Commissioners, dedicated employees, and engaged community, we will navigate this challenge successfully.
Working together as we continue to move Camden County Forward.
Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Georgia Department of Transportation to Hold Public Information Open House (PIOH) in Camden & Charlton County on
May 15th & 16th


 Georgia Department of Transportation will hold a Public Information Open House (PIOH) for Projects STP00-0000-00(821), P.I. No. 0000821; STP00-0000-00(820), P.I. No. 0000820; and CSSTP-0008-00(666), P.I. No. 0008666 in Camden and Charlton Counties on May 15, 2013 and May 16, 2013.


On May 15, 2013, a PIOH will be held at the Camden County PSA Leisure Service Department, 1050 Wildcat Drive, Kingsland, Georgia, 31548. On May 16, 2013, a second PIOH will be held at the Charlton County Annex Building, 68 Kingsland Drive, Suite B, Folkston, Georgia 31537.

  • Project STP00-0000-00(821) begins at the US 301 Connector/Indian Trail at SR-40 intersection in Folkston, Georgia and proposes to widen and improve SR 40 from SR 40, milepost (MP) 0.63, to just northeast of County Route (CR) 82 (May Bluff Road), milepost 2.54, in Charlton County. This section of SR 40 is proposed to contain a rural five lane typical section and then transition to a four lane divided typical section. The total project length of this project is 1.91 miles.
  • Project STP00-0000-00(820) is an 11.47 mile portion of the SR 40 corridor between MP 5.21 in Charlton County to CR 66, Colerain Road at MP 10.12 in Camden County. This section of SR 40 is proposed to also contain a four lane typical section with the project transitioning to a five lane curb and gutter typical section through the Browntown Community. It will then transition back to a four lane typical section for the remainder of the project.
  • Project CSSTP-0008-00(666), the Kingsland Bypass/Future SR 40, is an approximately 5.07 mile section of the SR 40 corridor beginning in Camden County at Colerain Road (CR 66), MP 10.12 and continuing to Interstate 95 at Exit 6. The proposed project contains a four lane divided typical section from SR 40 to Old Still Road. From Old Still Road, the typical then transitions to a four lane section with 20 foot raised median, urban shoulders, a 10 foot multiuse path on the north of the roadway, and a five foot sidewalk on the south side of the roadway.

The purpose of this Open House is to provide the public with an opportunity to view the proposed project, ask questions, and comment on the proposal. At each location, the Open House will be conducted between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. The Open House will be informal and the public is invited to attend anytime during these hours. There will be no formal presentation.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities. Accommodations for people with disabilities can be arranged with advance notice by calling (GDOT - Maggie Yoder - (912) 427-5788).


The displays shown at the Public Information Open House will be available for viewing for ten days following the open house online at Please follow the link under the "Information Center" tab to the "Public Outreach Project Information" page. Displays will also be available for ten days after the PIOH at both the GDOT Brunswick Area Office located at 128 Public Safety Blvd, Brunswick, GA 31525 and at the GDOT Waycross Area Office located at 104 N. Nichols Street, Waycross, Georgia 31502.


A copy of all comments received will be available for public review at these same locations and at the GDOT Office of Environmental Services, 600 West Peachtree Street NW, 16th Floor, Atlanta, GA 30308, as soon as compilation is completed. Written statements may be submitted to: Mr. Glenn Bowman, P.E.; State Environmental Administrator Georgia Department of Transportation; 600 West Peachtree Street, NW - 16th Floor; Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

April is National County Government Month - Leaders Promote "Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities"


Camden County is joining with counties across the United States in celebration of National County Government Month (NCGM) during the month of April.  Across the Nation 3,068 counties provide a wide variety of essential public services to communities serving more than 300 million Americans.


The Theme for this year's celebration of NCGM is "Smart Justice: Creating Safer Communities".  NCGM is sponsored by the National Association of Counties (NACo) to raise public awareness about the roles and responsibilities of County Government. 


April 22nd - 27th: National Crime Victims' Rights Week: 

A Memorial Wall will be on display at the Camden County Courthouse all week in memory of all crime victims'.   Camden County District Attorney. Jackie Johnson will recognize crime victims' with a Crime Victims' Memorial Ceremony Friday April 26th.


Three display tables have been set up with a tremendous amount of information to benefit all our citizens.  Please stop by one of our display tables located at the Public Authority Service (PSA), Camden County Library and the Government Complex Building in Woodbine. 


Employee of the 2nd Quarter Fiscal Year 2013
   At the February 12th Board of County Commissioners meeting, Michelle Preston of Support Services was recognized as the Employee of the 2nd Quarter for fiscal year 2013. 
Michelle has been a dedicated employee of the Department of Support Services since December 2008 and currently serves in a dual role as both Human Resources and Wellness Coordinator. 
Her contributions and commitment is a great testament to her willingness to go above and beyond.  "Michelle has a sincere and genuine concern for her fellow employees and works diligently everyday to make sure that employees have access to and understand the resources that are available to themselves and their families", said Director, Staci Bowick.
Bowick went on to say, "Michelle brings an advanced skill set to our department and consistently strives to provide creative and innovative solutions to many of the issues we deal with both on a daily basis and at specific times throughout the year."

On behalf of Camden County's Employee Recognition Committee, we'd like to congratulate Michelle on this accomplishment and contributing to the effectiveness and efficiency of the County.


Congratulations Michelle Preston!!

2013 "Showcase Camden County" Photo Contest

The "Showcase Camden" 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 categories are as follows:

  • Landscapes: (Seascapes, Outdoor Scenes, Farms, Sunsets, Sunrises, Docks & Rivers)
  • Nature/Wildlife: (Flowers, Trees, Animals, Insects, and Birds)
  • Transportation: (St. Mary's Airport/Planes, Railroad/Trains, Vehicles/Classic Cars, Boating, Roadways/Dirt Roads, Interstate 95.)
  • People/Current Events: (Festivals, Sporting Events, Other Events or Celebrations, Groups of People/Candid's, Holidays.) *Please NO self/group portraits

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 a photos is Friday, November 8, 2013,

 Run-off Election
 For Probate Court Judge
The Run-off election between Probate Judge candidates Robert "Beau" Sweatt, Jr. and Martin A. Turner ended with  Candidate Robert "Beau" Sweatt, Jr. receiving 1,955 of the votes while Martin A. Turner received 1,188.
Congratulations to Robert "Beau" Sweatt, Jr. for being elected  Camden County's New Probate Court Judge.  
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 will remain "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

Commissioner Chip Keene, District 1
Chip Keene
District 1
Chuck Clark 2013
Chuck Clark
District 2
Commissioner Jimmy Starline, District 3
Jimmy Starline
District 3
Commissioner Gary Blount, District 4
Gary Blount
District 4
Tony Sheppard 
Tony Sheppard
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