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


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In This Issue
A Message from the County Administrator
Movie Night at the Museum
Showcase Camden County
Disaster Prepardness
Employee Award Ceremony
Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Patriot Service Dogs
Bowls of Hope Fundraiser
Millage Rate Increase Approved
Spaceport at Camden Roundtabld
Lannie Brant receives SWANA Award



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 Storm Ready
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UPCOMING Board of County Commissioners Meetings & Public Hearings


County Offices will be closed October 13th in Observance of Columbus Day


October 21st Regular BOCC Meeting



November 1st Regular BOCC




County Offices will be closed November 11th in Observance of Veterans Day 


November 18th

Regular BOCC

Meeting 6:00PM

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

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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

The Board of County Commissioners adopted the 2014 Millage rate on September 24, 2014 reaching a consensus on funding the Joint Development Authority an equivalent of one mill. 

The additional funding concept was first proposed at the Camden County Economic Development Visioning Workshop in April. The participating entities agreed in principle that consolidating county economic development activities under one organization would be the most efficient and productive way to proceed in the future.


I was thrilled to attend the 6th Annual Employee Awards Ceremony on September 26, 2014.  This is such an important opportunity to ensure we recognize Camden County's greatest assets, "It's Employees". I appreciate the dedication and service our employees provide to the citizens of our community.  Please read more about the award recipients in the various categories.


I was also fortunate to introduce Dr. Robert D. Braun to the community on October 7, 2014.  Dr. Robert D. Braun serves as an advisor and team member sharing the vision of Camden County in our pursuit of developing Georgia's Spaceport  "Spaceport Camden".  To learn more about Dr. Robert D. Braun and his professional and educational accomplishments concerning space related activities please click here to see his Bio.

Have a great fall season!

Yours for a better Camden,


Steve L. Howard, ICMA-CM, CPM, CPPO
County Administrator

Movie Night at the Museum in St. Marys, Georgia

The St. Marys Convention and Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame free "Movie Night at the Museum" series began on September 3rd at 7:00PM. The monthly "radio related" movies offers free admission, popcorn, and soft drinks to guests, courtesy of the Georgia Radio Museum, with donations accepted at guest's discretion.
The premier movie showing will feature "Empire of the Air", in the St. Marys Room of the St. Marys Welcome Center, located at 400 Osborne Street in downtown St. Marys, which is home of the Georgia Radio Museum.  The complete 2014 schedule is listed below and the 2015 dates and movies will be announced soon.  
  • October 21, 2014  " Good Morning, Vietnam"
  • November 18, 2014 "Pirate Radio: The Boat that Rocked"
  • December 16, 2014  "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" 
The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame's mission is to preserve Georgia radio history and honor its men and women. The museum, which opened in May 2014, is open Monday through Saturday from 9am - 5pm and Sundays from 12pm - am. The museum displays antique radios, vintage records and equipment, the World's Largest Radio Transmitter Tube, a 1940's living room diorama and more.  Admission is always free. Contact St. Marys Welcome Center at 912-882-4000 or John Long at for more information.
"Showcase Camden County" 
Photo Contest 2014
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.  
This contest calls for photographers to submit their best photos of Camden County, Georgia and its activities, people, attractions and events, as well as historic and scenic locations.  One winner per category will be awarded.  
Each winning category participant will be recognized during the Board of County 
Commissioner's Meeting. Photographs will be featured on the County's website, social media sites , and in future publications. An enlarged photograph will be displayed throughout the Government Services Complex in Woodbine, Georgia.  
Each entry must include an 8 x 10 print AND an electronic copy via disk or email. Digital images must be at least 300 dpi. A completed entry form must be submitted with EACH photograph submitted, along with a completed consent form. If submitting multiple entries, please name and number each print to match a corresponding entry form. Prints and disks will not be returned. Entries must be postmarked by Friday, November 7, 2014.


Camden County Board of County Commissioners

C/o Katie Bishop

P.O. Box 99

Woodbine, Georgia 31569

Email electronic copies to: 


Entries may also be dropped off at the Board of County Commissioners' Government Services Complex located at 200 East 4th Street in Woodbine, or at the Planning & Development office located in the County Annex Building in Kingsland.  


Rules, Regulations and Entry Forms are available on the County website.  Click here for more information.


Engaging the Whole Community in Disaster Preparedness

Whether dealing with extreme weather events or any other type disaster, preparedness should be a year-round activity. Yet, in 2012, nearly 70 percent of Americans had not participated in a disaster preparedness drill or exercise at home, school, or work within the past year, according to survey findings released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


"It is important for Camden County residents to take time to get disaster-ready," says Mark Crews, Director of Camden County EMA.  "Taking a few easy proactive steps to get ready can help ensure the safety of you and your family in the event of any emergency."


Everyone in  the community should learn what they can do to be better prepared for and recover from disasters.

Here are some steps to take:

  • How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster - If you don't already have a plan in place, take time during this week to  create a plan and discuss it with your family. If you do have a plan, take time to revisit it and make adjustments as necessary. After the plan is created, be sure everyone has a clear understanding of all of the details.
  • How to Plan for Specific Needs Before a Disaster - If there is someone in your family with unique needs, take time during this week to help them prepare. Consider pets, seniors or family members with special needs and make sure they have all items they may need.
  • How to Build an Emergency Kit - It is imperative that all Camden County residents have enough supplies to last at least three days after a disaster. By creating a Ready profile on the Ready Georgia website, you can receive a tailored plan for the entire family that includes the specific amount of supplies to put in their household Ready kits.
  • How to Practice for an Emergency - Now that you have the proper items and plans in place, it is time to practice. To avoid stress during the event of an emergency, Camden County residents should take time this week to practice their plans with their families on what to do if disaster were to strike.

It takes the whole community working together to effectively prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural disasters and other emergencies.

Camden County residents looking for more information on how to prepare, plan, and stay informed about natural and man-made disasters or pandemic outbreaks can visit or 

Annual Award Ceremony 
for Camden County Employees
The 6th Annual Camden County Employee Award Ceremony
FY 2014 Employee of the Year - Charlene Carter with Clerk of Court, Joy Lynn Turner

and luncheon was held Friday, September 26, 2014 at the Public Service Authority (PSA) building in Kingsland. Camden County Government feels strongly about the importance of recognizing the efforts of its most valued resources... the employees.  The employees work hard on a daily basis to serve the citizens and contribute to the quality of life in our community.   Throughout the year, employees are given the opportunity to nominate one or more of their fellow co-workers for the awards presented.  


Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners, Jimmy Starline and County Administrator, Steve Howard thanked all the award recipients for their exemplary dedication and contributions to serving the citizens of Camden County. Co-workers, family members and friends were also on hand to offer their support and congratulations.


Charlene Carter, Deputy Chief Clerk of Superior Court was named Employee of the Year. Always going above and beyond her required job duties, Charlene exemplifies leadership and understands the impact her performance has on the citizens.  She helps to feed the homeless through ministries within her church, as well as helping to raise funds for various charities.  Her team mentality and caring heart has made Charlene an invaluable asset to Camden County for the past 34 years.


Award winners are as follows: Customer Service - Brandon Horne - CCFR (Camden County Fire Rescue); Future Leader - Jessie Brazell - Administrative Services; Humanitarian - Dan Ehret - CCFR; Most Dedicated - Stephen Murdock - CCFR; Safety Warrior - Dean Groover - CCFR; Thrifty Nickel - Ron Batchelor - CCFR


Most Valuable Player awards from different departments where handed out as well: Clerk of Courts - Dorothy Mercer; UGA Extension Office - Kathy Strickland; Tax Commissioner - Kim Horne; Tax Assessors - Heidi Schaefer; Camden County Sheriff's Office- Admin - Jodi Logan; Corrections - Lucreta Dyals; E-911 - Tabitha Givens; Planning & Development- Cindy Daniels; Administrative Services - Louis Foltzer (IT); Solid Waste - Cyrus Roberts; Camden County Firefighter - James McNeil; Camden County EMS - Joe McGee.


County Administrator, Steve Howard recognized two employees who go above and beyond their responsibilities every day for the citizens of Camden County.  Congratulations to Nancy Gonzalez for Teamwork Award and Lannie Brant for Leadership Award, both are very deserving of these awards.

We want to thank all the members of the Employee Recognition Committee for their hard work in making the ceremony such a success. The committee members are: Kathy Mitchell, CCFR; Renee' Crews, Administration; Brianna Turner, CCSO; Katie Bishop, County Clerk; Steve L. Howard, County Administrator; Tina Dasha, Human Resources; Capt. Jeremy Wright, CCFR; Keri Moreland, Finance; Amanda Brooks, CCSO; and Erika Bryant, Tax Assessors Office.


A special thank you goes out to Lannie Brant, his son, and Annette Thomas for the fantastic food prepared for the event. We also want to thank our very generous sponsors without whom this event would not be possible: Chairman Jimmy Starline; Vice-Chairman Chuck Clark; Commissioner Gary Blount; Commissioner Chip Keene; Commissioner Tony Sheppard; County Attorney John Myers; County Administrator Steve Howard; Employee Recognition Committee members; Public Service Authority; Barberitos; Ops Pizza; Fire House Subs; Cracker Barrel; Creative Catering & Design; Mi Casa, Angelos; The Lunch Box; Longhorn Steakhouse; Sonny's Bar-B-Q; Willie Jewell's BBQ; Wee Pub; Magic Tan & Massage; Capt. Stan's; and Cosmo Blue.


Congratulations and thank you to all employees for your service and dedication to the citizens of Camden County. 


Pictured left to right:  Jodi Logan, Lannie Brant, Cyrus Roberts, Nancy Gonzalez, Tabitha Givens, Joe McGee, Heidi Schaeffer, Dan Ehret, Kathy Strickland, Stephen Murdock, Brandon Horne, Lucreta Dyals, Dorothy Mercer, Kim Horne, Charlene Carter, Louis Foltzer, and Jessie Brazell.
"Smoke Alarms Save Lives, 
Test Yours Every Month"

Many homeowners either do not have smoke alarms, or the alarms do not work properly.  Camden County Fire Rescue is committed to educating our residents so they understand that working smoke alarms are necessary in every home, on every level outside and inside every bedroom.  Smoke alarms can mean the difference between life and death in a fire. 


NFPA statistics show that working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire nearly in half. But they must be working properly to do so. The association's data shows that many homes have smoke alarms that aren't working or maintained properly, usually because of missing, disconnected or dead batteries. Roughly two-thirds of all home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.


NFPA and Camden County Fire Rescue agree that interconnected smoke alarms offer the best protection; when one sounds, they all do. This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.


"Most people have a sense of complacency about smoke alarms because they already have one in their homes. Fire Prevention Week provides an excellent opportunity to re-educate people about smoke alarms, new technologies and expanded options for installation and maintenance," says Judy Comoletti, division manager for NFPA public education.  "Ultimately, we want this year's campaign to serve as a call to action for households nationwide to inspect their homes to ensure that their families have the full smoke alarm protection that's recommended."


Camden County Fire Rescue offers the following tips for making sure smoke alarms are maintained and working properly:

  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month using the test button, and make sure everyone in your home knows their sound.
  • If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.
  • Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they're 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
  • Never remove or disable a smoke alarm.

To find out more about Fire Prevention Week programs and activities in Camden County, please contact the Camden County Fire Marshal's Office at 912-729-3911 or 912-510-4302. To learn more about "Smoke Alarms Save Lives, Test Yours Every Month," visit NFPA's Web site at



Patriot Service Dogs 
"Placing service dogs with returning
 Veterans in need"

United States military service members often make the ultimate sacrifice when serving overseas. Those sacrifices can be physical and even emotional. As a military family, Master at Arms 1st Class Petty Officer Brian Thomas and his wife Kelsey Pauxtis-Thomas with the Camden County Joint Development Authority are helping one wounded warrior at a time. As volunteers for the organization Patriot Service Dogs, they have dedicated their time, and energy to raising and training a service dog for a disabled veteran.


Kelsey  and Brian are helping raise Georgia, a Golden Retriever Poodle mix who will eventually accompany a veteran and help with their day-to-day needs. It comes to no surprise that the Thomas' found their call to service since Brian is the Lead Petty Officer and Kennel Master for the Military Working Dog Kennel on board Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Brian himself has been deployed and served downrange in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.



Brian Thomas knows firsthand what it is like being deployed and what challenges military members face coming home. He has seen many of his fellow service mem

bers returning with physical injuries or with post-traumatic stress disorder.


Georgia is being taught hundreds of commands and tasks such as opening doors, helping a service member get up off the ground and to be social, while not seeking attention, retrieving objects or simply being affectionate when a veteran is feeling challenged. Georgia also accompanies the Thomas' to all sorts of diverse places, so that she can acclimate to different surroundings. Georgia loves to accompany Kelsey to work, and particularly loves the zoo and mall, as there are all sorts of new smells and challenges.


Georgia also has a sponsor through Patriot Service Dogs, the Blair family located right here St. Marys. The family helps pay for vet bills and other costs for the dog. They even picked out Georgia's name and will be there for graduation, when the dog is matched with a service member.


What can you do to help? Donate, become a sponsor or even become a puppy raiser! For more information, please visit or call (904)777-1371

Camden County Sheriff's Office STAR of HOPE 

 Mark your calendars to come join us at the Waterfront in Woodbine.  We will be looking for you!
Millage Rate Increase to Benefit Joint Development Authority Approved

In an effort to increase the potential for economic development in Camden County the Board of Commissioners (BOCC), voted unanimously to provide additional funding to the Joint Development Authority (JDA) by increasing the millage rate by up to one mill. The additional funding concept was first proposed at the Camden County Economic Development Visioning Workshop in April. The participating entities agreed in principle that consolidating county economic development activities under one organization would be the most efficient and productive way to proceed in the future.


The JDA was established in 1981 by joint resolution of Camden County and the Cities of Woodbine, Kingsland and St. Marys and empowered with unique tools to promote business, industry, and agriculture within the County. 

Spaceport Discussion at Camden Roundtable

An overflow crowd was on hand Tuesday, October 7, 2014  at the Camden Roundtable meeting (held at the Laurel Island Links Clubhouse) to hear Dr. Robert Braun, the David and Andrew Lewis Professor of Space Technology at Georgia Tech, speak about the ongoing planning and potential for bringing a spaceport to Camden County.


Dr. Braun, who has worked closely with County Administrator Steve Howard on the spaceport project, spoke about the importance of space technologies in our everyday lives including advanced weather forecasting and Global Positioning Systems (GPS). He said the space industry, which is becoming increasingly conducted by business instead of government, is a several hundred billion dollar business.


Georgia, said Dr. Braun, has many industries with great expertise in aeronautics that could easily use that expertise in expanding into the aerospace business. The local spaceport, which would be located at the end of Harriett's Bluff Road, would help be the turning point in developing the aerospace industry in the state.  Dr. Braun also said that the strategic location of the potential spaceport site, the quality of life in Camden County, the limited number of federal space launch ranges, and the fact that the commercial space industry is more diffuse and diverse than government programs bodes well for the success of developing a spaceport locally.


Mr. Howard, who also addressed the audience and answered questions, said the future of the space industry is bright and Camden County is well poised to fill the need for reliable and sustainable places to launch. He said his role as project lead on developing the project began about fourteen months ago with one of the next major hurdles to cross being the required Environmental Impact Statement process resulting in a favorable decision. 

Life Member Award from SWANA

Lannie Brant, Solid Waste Authority Director for Camden County, was born and grew up in Savannah, Georgia.  Upon finishing school he enlisted in the United States Navy, Seabees Branch.  After two years in Viet Nam Lannie returned home in 1970 and decided to settle in Camden County, Georgia. 


Through out the years Lannie has worked in various fields.  In 1985 he came to work with the Camden County Board of Commissioners as a Fleet Maintenance Superintendent.  After two years Mr. Brant accepted the opportunity to become the director of the Solid Waste Department.  After being introduced to the Government Refuse Collection and Disposal Association (GRCDA) now know as SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Georgia Chapter.  It was through them Lannie became nationally certified as a MOLO (Manager of Landfill Operations).  He has been an active member of SWANA for 27 years.  


Mr. Brant is an elected member of the SWANA board serving two terms as president and currently serving as treasurer.  Mr. Brant has been recognized for his efforts in working to protect and improve the environmental quality of life for the residents of Camden County and Georgia.


Lannie was awarded the Life Member Award from SWANA at a ceremony on August 26, 2014 in Grapevine, Texas.  To qualify for the position Brant had to have adequate length of service, a strong commitment to SWANA and its chapters, and have demonstrated superior commitment and service to Camden County. 


This award is only conveyed with the approval of SWANA's International Board and entitles recipients to full membership status, without charge, in the Association and all Chapters during their lifetime.



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