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


 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - January 2014


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Statewide Scholarships
Employee of the Quarter
Community Health Needs Assessment
Be Prepared for Emergencies
2013 Annual Report
Reorganization of Board



 WorkReady Community
GA Camera Ready
 Storm Ready
 Code RED
UPCOMING Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings

Feb. 11th

Regular BOCC




County offices will be closed Monday, February 17th

 in observance of President's Day 


Feb. 25th

Regular BOCC




March 11th

Regular BOCC




Government Services Complex
 200 East 4th Street
Woodbine, GA 31569
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Free Prescription Discount Cards Available to Camden County Residents

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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

Looking Back...and Looking Forward!

I am pleased to present the 2013 ANNUAL REPORT. This document is intended to  inform Camden County citizens about the accomplishments of your county government over the past year. The year 2013 was another award winning year for Camden County. Your county government was nationally recognized with two state and two national awards in recognition of effective and innovative programs.


Association of County Commissioners/ Georgia Trend Magazine:

 2013 Public-Private Partnership Award - Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


2013 Georgia County of Excellence Award - Financial Category- Improving Healthcare


National Association of Counties:

 2013 Achievement Award - Health Care Reform-Achieving Success Through  Partnerships


Government Finance Officers Association:

 Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting


Aside from the many accomplishments, 2013 continued to be difficult considering the nation's slow economic recovery and declining tax digest. With these hurdles came the opportunity to take a closer look at the programs and services we provide. Our challenge required us to take what was an already lean, fiscally responsible government and make it leaner. Camden County will face future challenges and must continue to seek innovative solutions and strengthen partnerships in 2014.


Through proper planning, creativity and sensible decision-making, I am optimistic that Camden County remains on the right course to a brighter future.


I look forward to working with each of you in 2014 as we move Camden County forward together.


Yours for a better Camden,

Steve L. Howard, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Camden Constitutional Officers Announce Statewide Scholarship Opportunity

Scholarships are now available for GA High School Seniors and College Undergraduates.


The Constitutional Officers of Camden County - Sheriff Jim Proctor; Clerk of Courts, Joy Lynn Turner; Probate Judge, Robert C. Sweatt, Jr., and Tax Commissioner Beth Soles - are pleased to announce a scholarship contest for Georgia high school seniors and current college undergraduates.


Each year, the Constitutional Officer's Association of Georgia (COAG) offers scholarships to Georgia students. This year the Association will offer three scholarships in the amount of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. To be eligible for this year's scholarships, students must graduate high school by the Spring of 2014 or be enrolled in an accredited Georgia college or university. Students must also pursue a degree in a field related to government/law enforcement, political science, accounting/finance, business or pre-law.


To apply, applicants must submit a typed 1,000-word essay that answers the question: Who are the locally elected constitutional officers and what differentiates them from other county offices? They must also provide a letter of acceptance or enrollment from an institution of higher education, a copy of a college application or transcript to provide verification of degree field, and the COAG scholarship application. For an application click the link below.


All completed applications, documentation and completed essays should be mailed flat in a 9 x 12 envelope to: Suzanne Cross, COAG, P.O. Box 1644, Decatur, GA , 30031.


For more information, visit or contact Suzanne Cross at 404-377-1364 or [email protected].


STAR of HOPE Brings
Christmas To Camden County

In 2013 the STAR of HOPE committee spent many hours hosting various fund raisers to raise money to provide an appropriate Christmas for families in our community. Over $12,000 was raised through donations and charity events throughout the community.
The STAR of Hope Program provided 116 children with clothing and presents as well as providing 27 families with dinner and food boxes during the holiday season.

This would not have been possible without the invauable assistance of Camden County Sheriff's Office employees, Camden County Fire Rescue employees, The STAR of Hope Committee and the tremendous generosity of our local businesses and citizens.


Camden County Names
Employee of the 2nd Quarter
The Camden County Government Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce that Charlene Carter has been named Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd quarter of fiscal year 2014. 

As Chief Deputy Clerk of Superior Court, Charlene exemplifies leadership. She is diligent in her pursuit of accuracy regarding her Real Estate Division duties as well as all aspects of Superior Court. She insists on doing things right in order to provide excellent service to the people of Camden County and to ensure that records are correctly kept. Charlene is always looking for ways to help others. She often offers her assistance to the memebrs of the public seeking information in the record vaults without hesitation or time restraints. She will assume tasks from co-workers to expedite record entry and to lessen another person's workload.  


Charlene has a willing attitude and a strong work ethic. She truly understands the effectiveness of working together to achieve excellent results. Without recognition, she will work through her lunch hour, spend additional time at the front desk, attend Court proceedings, deal with difficult situations in a courteous and respectful manner and continue to maintain professionalism at all times. Charlene volunteers to feed the homeless through a ministry within her Church. She considers it a privilege to serve others and her attitude is infectious. Charlene is a student of all divisions within Superior Court and anxious to learn and understand. Her objective is always to make every interaction pleasant, whether public or professional. She serves everyone with dignity, respect and kindness. Charlene Carter in an invaluable asset to both Superior Court and the community she has served for over 34 years.

 2013 Camden County
Community Health Needs Assessment
As part of its responsibility to better meet the needs of the communities it servers, Coastal Health District authorized a Community Health Needs Assessment for three of its southern counties in late August 2013, Camden being one of those counties.
The assessment was built on four pillars: public data; focus group input from meetings in St. Marys and Woodbine; and analysis of the data to identify potential areas where public health and its partners could have an impact. The information derived from this assessment process will be used, with help from the Camden County Government and its citizens, to create a Community Health Improvement Plan.   
To view the Community Health Needs Assessment for Camden County please click on the link below.
Resolve to Be Ready in the New Year!
Many of us are making resolutions about important things to focus on in 2014 such as getting healthier, reducing debt or making time for family.  Yet we often overlook being  prepared for emergencies. 
Being prepared for disaster situations may be one of the simplest and most important things you can do this year.  To get ready follow these three simple steps:
  • Create a Ready Kit of emergency supplies including non-perishable food, water, a NOAA weather radio and a flashlight with extra batteries.
  • Develop a Communications Plan to reconnect with family
  • Stay informed about the types of emergencies that can happen in your area and have appropriate responses.

The best way to get started is to create a Ready Profile, which will take you through the process step by step and create a customized plan for your situation. You can also download the Ready Georgia mobile app to access your info on the go.


Go to for more information and steps on how you can be prepared.

Camden County Government's 2013 Annual Report is Now Available
The Board of County Commissioner's 2013 Annual Report is now available. This publication summarizes the many efforts and accomplishments from 2013 that contributed to building a better community.
The 2013 Annual Report can be viewed online by clicking the link below:
Reorganization of the Board
Commissioner Jimmy Starline
At the meeting held Tuesday, January 7, 2014 the Board of Commissioners elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
Commissioner Jimmy Starline will service as Chairman and Commissioner Chuck Clark will serve as Vice-Chairman.
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
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