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 A Publication from the Office of the County Administrator - April 2015





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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.



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"Counties Moving America Forward:" The Keys are Transportation & Infrastructure



Camden County's Mission is to deliver defined County services with exceptional customer service and in a financially sustainable and transparent manner. Camden County provides citizens with the essential services to create vibrant, healthy and safe communities while maintaining the outstanding quality of life that makes Camden a desirable place to live and work. Our residents depend on us to provide services that build, maintain, and protect their homes, schools and neighborhoods.





A Message from the County Administrator

Staff continue to be busy focusing on the upcoming FY2016 Budget. Daily budget meetings are taking place with all Departments to determine their specific needs for the upcoming fiscal year. Finance Director Mike Fender and his staff are working diligently to meet the needs of those departments and bring a balanced budget before the Board of Commissioners. It is our goal as a county to provide exceptional customer service in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

I'm proud to say that Camden County will be recognized at the 7th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference as the 2015 First Coast Healthiest Companies Silver Level Award winner.  Awards are based on efforts and best practices used in creating a health and wellness corporate culture formed on wellness initiatives and goals. These impacts result in bottom line savings such as achieving an overall reduction in health plan costs.


The Camden County Wellness Program seeks to empower employees to improve overall health by educating and supporting them as they institute healthy lifestyle changes. 

Since the adoption of the County's new Strategic Plan in March, Department Heads and Staff have been concentrating their efforts on Major Projects and target dates for completion of goals and directives. The new plan includes measurable objectives, and specific issues and projects that need to be addressed by the County. This is a huge undertaking for the County but one that will have a lasting impact on its future.

The full Strategic Plan is available on the County's website at  Management Analyst Shannon Nettles and I recently made a presentation to the Camden Roundtable group at their monthly breakfast meeting and had the opportunity to answer questions regarding the new plan.  If you are involved with a local group and would also like to hear more about our Strategic Plan, please contact Renee Crews at 912-510-0464.

And finally, summer is just around the corner. Our local Camden County Public Service Authority (PSA) has various programs for people of all ages that will be offered this summer. The PSA maintains 25 recreational facilities throughout the county, including two pools and a water park, and offers a wide-variety of recreational programming for the community's enjoyment.  Contact them at 912-729-5600 for more information and have a great and safe summer.

Yours for a better Camden,

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

County Administrator

2nd Quarter GA Radio Museum Feature

Commercial radio began in 1920 in the United States. Radio ushered in an alternative to print media and spread quickly across America. In Georgia, WSB was the first ever radio station.  It was located in Atlanta. Radio stations sprang up all over Georgia at a fast pace until the beginning of World War I. At that time, many radio equipment and receiver manufacturers were drafted into the war to produce communications equipment for the armed forces.


Countless books and magazine articles have been written about radio since 1920. Radio broadcasts were pressed onto vinyl recordings and duplicated on magnetic recording tape. Hollywood looked to radio for screenplay material. Our fascination with radio is the theme for the 2nd Quarter Feature Exhibit at the Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame located inside the Welcome Center at 400 Osborne Street in historic downtown St. Marys.


The exhibit contains vinyl long play records and cassettes of classic radio programs and will be available through June 30, 2015. "We Interrupt This Broadcast" contains audio CDs of actual broadcasts of events from the explosion of the Hindenburg to the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. The compendium includes pictures and text and is narrated by television journalist, producer, narrator, and news anchor Bill Kurtis.     


There are examples of movies about radio, including the late Robin Williams in "Good Morning Viet Nam" and the Clint Eastwood classic, "Play Misty for Me." Books about radio in the display include "Welcome South Brother", a story about Georgia's first radio station, WSB. There is also a 25 year retrospective of Radio and Records published by the magazine of the same name, entitled "Empire of the Air." This Tom Lewis book, on which Ken Burns based his award winning documentary, is included in the exhibit.  


The Georgia Radio Museum and Hall of Fame is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM, as well as on Sundays from Noon until 5:00 PM. There is no charge for admission but donations are greatly appreciated. 

County Administrator Joins Nationwide Effort to Recognize Impact of National Service
County Administrator Steve Howard joined more than 2000 county leaders and mayors across the country in a nationwide bipartisan initiative to high-light the impact of national service on local communities. 
Every day in counties such as Camden, national service is tackling tough problems and strengthening communities. The first annual County Day of Recognition for National Service will be celebrated on April 7, 2015. Our local leaders will recognize the impact of AmeriCorps and Senior Corps and thank those who serve.


"National service is a vital resource for our county," said County Administrator Steve Howard.  "AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers make our counties better places to live. As County Administrator, I am grateful for the dedication and sacrifice of these citizens who are helping to make our great county stronger, safer, and healthier."  

Sarah Newby


Given the many social needs facing communities, county and city leaders are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to meet local needs.  Camden County has one AmeriCorps member who has been a great asset to the County's 4-H and Agriculture programs.  Sara Newby, AmeriCorps VISTA, arrived in May 2014 for a one year stay.  She has provided vital support to our county program.  

Through the AmeriCorps VISTA program, all volunteers are paid a monthly stipend and receive benefits and a  Segal AmeriCorps educational award at the end of their year of service.This volunteer position requires no financial commitment from the County as it is fully funded with a grant. 


The Day of Recognition for National Service is a nationwide bipartisan effort to recognize the positive impact of national service in counties, to thank those who serve, and to encourage citizens to give back to their communities. The day is sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, and Cities of Service.


"I am proud to be working with Camden County as we continue to strengthen communities through national service," said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service. "County executives and mayors are leaders who get things done. They know first-hand the value of national service in tackling local problems. I commend County Administrator Steve Howard for working with us to improve lives and strengthen communities through national service."


As the federal agency for service and volunteering, CNCS annually engages more than five million citizens in service at more than 60,000 locations through AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, and other programs. National service participants address the most pressing challenges facing our counties and nation, from educating students for the jobs of the 21st century and supporting veterans and military families to preserving the environment and helping communities recover from natural disasters.


Across the nation, county administrators and mayors are participating in a variety of activities, including visiting national service programs, hosting roundtables, issuing proclamations, and communicating about national service through social media. By shining the spotlight on the impact of service and thanking those who serve, local officials hope to inspire more residents to get involved in their communities.


"National service shows the best of the American spirit - people turning toward problems instead of away, working together to find community solutions," said Howard. "Today, as we thank national service members for their commitment, let us all pledge to do our part to strengthen our county through service and volunteering."


For more information, including background information and a list of participating county leaders and mayors, please visit 

Board Recognizes St. Marys River Management Committee on
Rivers Alive Award

The Board of County Commissioners is proud to recognize the St. Marys River Management Committee (SMRMC) on their 2014 Rivers Alive Confluence Award.  SMRMC was recently named as the award winner for their continued efforts and involvement in the 18th Annual St. Marys River Clean-up event held last year. As a member county, one of four currently participating in the program, the Camden Board of Commissioners would like to congratulate the Committee on this amazing accomplishment.


Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual volunteer waterway cleanup event that targets all waterways in the State including streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands. The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. Rivers Alive is held annually each fall and is a program of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division Outreach Program.


County Administrator Steve Howard is grateful for this group and the work they are involved in on a regular basis. "Congratulations on receiving this award. What an accomplishment! I applaud your involvement and personal commitment to the St. Marys River." The Board will formally recognize the Committee on May 5, 2015 at the regularly scheduled Board of Commissioners meeting held on the 2nd floor of the Government Services Building in Woodbine, Georgia at 6:00PM with a Resolution in support of their efforts, dedication and commitment to the St. Marys River. State-wide recognition to honor the Committee for their amazing accomplishments will take place at an April 30th Annual Awards Ceremony and Luncheon to be held at Park Tavern in Atlanta.


About the St. Marys River Management Committee:  The SMRMC is an intergovernmental entity of elected and appointed members from four counties along the St. Marys River including Charlton, Camden, Nassau and Baker counties. The committee meets monthly to discuss, develop and implement plans and programs in regard to the St. Marys River. The SMRMC is made up of individuals who are involved because of a personal commitment to the St. Marys River.

County & City Honor George L. Hannaford 
The Board of County Commissioners, the Mayor and City Council of the City of Woodbine, along with the Joint Development Authority Board of Directors, honored George L. Hannaford for his dedication to public service at the Board of Commissioners meeting held Tuesday, April 21, 2015.

Mr. George L. Hannaford has led a memorable life dedicating himself to family, church and the citizens of Woodbine and Camden County.  He was born July 27, 1931 in Folkston, Georgia, living through the terms of 14 presidents and weathering such storms as the Great Depression, World War II, Korean Conflict and the Civil Rights Movement.  Mr. Hannaford served his country in the United States Air Force from April 12, 1951 through April 11, 1955 as Staff Sergeant and Senior Weather Observer while stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. 

Left to right: Mayor Steve Parrott, City of Woodbine; George Hannaford; Commissioner, Jimmy Starline, Chairman.

For many yearsMr. Hannaford has continually given back to his community by dedicated public service to the citizens as a member of the Camden County Board of Commissioners from 1971 through 1976, serving for four years as Chairman.  He led a distinguished career with the City of Woodbine serving as City Council Member from 1963 through 1970 and through his elected offices, represented his constituents on many boards and committees.


Mr. Hannaford served in a dual capacity role as the Woodbine City Administrator from July 1, 1983 through April 1, 1999, as well as Woodbine City Clerk from July 1, 1983 through December 31, 1996.  He served proudly in the Camden County American Legion Post 170 for more than 40 years, and as its Commander for 15 of those years, as well as actively served in many other civic organizations and clubs such as the Woodbine Lions Club, Camden County Municipal Association, March of Dimes, the Camden County Community Action Committee, and served as a board member for the Joint Development Authority.

Joint Development Authority Board Members-Left to right :Louise Mitchell, Roger Tyo, Gary Willis, Hannaford, Charlie Smith, Sr; Burford Clark, and Stan Fowler.


Throughout the years, Mr. Hannaford has been a strong supporter of cultural development in our community, and played an integral role in the formation of the Bryan-Lang Historical Archives, as well as in the composition and publishing of the County's history book - "Camden's Challenge."


The Camden County Board of Commissioners and the Mayor and City Council of the City of Woodbine, Georgia recognizes Mr. Hannaford for his distinguished life, his dedicated service to his country, and his love for his community. We also extend our sincere wishes for his continued health and happiness and express our immense gratitude for his many contributions to our citizens. 

Camden County Recognizes Art Contest Winners from Camden High School 

In celebration of April's National County Government Month, Camden County High School (CCHS) Art Students were invited to participate in the Board of Commissioners local Art Contest. In keeping with this year's theme, Counties Moving America Forward: The Keys are Transportation and Infrastructure, students were asked to come up with a creative design using any medium of their choice. Traditional scene, modern design, and collages were all welcome and could include Pastels, Acrylic Paint, Ink, Chalk, Watercolor, Markers, Charcoal, Oil Paint, Pencil, and Pen.


Students  of  CCHS Art Teacher

Left to Right: Amelia Mendelsohn, 2nd place; Jordan Nuckols, 1st place; and Haley Davis, honorable mention

Grayson Day submitted over 40 pieces of artwork. Examples of the work received included highways, paved and dirt roads, bridges and waterways, parks, trails and bike paths, and government buildings. All entries were judged on Clarity of  Theme, Creativity and  Originality. Mr. Day has been teaching art for 15 years and enjoys giving his students the opportunity to be involved in community events. "I am exceedingly proud of my art students," says Mr. Day. "They are happy to participate in competitions. Projects like this allow them the chance to gain a great deal of information and insight into our local government."


During the Camden County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 6:00 PM, Certificates of Recognition and

County lapel pins were awarded to four students: First Place - Jordan Nuckols; Second Place- Amelia Mendelsohn; Third Place - Kayla Post; and Honorable Mention- Haley Davis.


The Board of Commissioners would like to thank each student who participated in this year's contest. All art submissions will be on display at the Government Services Building in Woodbine until the end of April.

Camden County Recognizes 
National Nurses Week 
The Camden County Board of Commissioners, along with the American Nurses Association and the Southeast Georgia Health  System, recognize the week of May 6th - 12th, 2015 as "National Nurses Week" with the theme " Ethical Practice. Quality Care." in celebration of the ways in which registered nurses strive to provide safe and high quality patient care and map out the way to improve our health care system. 

Nearly 3.1 million registered nurses in the United States comprise our nation's largest health care profession.  The depthand breadth of the registered nursing profession meets the different and emerging health care needs of the American population in a wide range of settings.  The American Nurses Association, as the voice for the registered nurses of this country, are working to chart a new course for a healthy nation that relies on increasing delivery of primary and preventive health care.  A renewed emphasis on primary and preventive health care will require better utilization of all of our nation's registered nursing resources. Professional nursing has been demonstrated to be an indispensable component in the safety and quality of care of hospitalized patients. 


The demand for registered nursing services is greater than ever because of the aging American population, the continuing expansion of life-sustaining technology, and the explosive growth of home health care services. More qualified registered nurses will be needed in the future to meet the increasingly complex needs of health care consumers in this community. The cost-effective, safe and quality health care services provided by registered nurses will be an even more important component of the U.S. health care delivery system in the future.


The Board of Commissioners would like to encourage all Camden County residents to join them in honoring the registered nurses in our community, and around the world, who care for each of us and our loved ones in our time of need. As these nurses continue their tireless efforts to improve our health care system, help us celebrate their accomplishments and show your appreciation for them not just during this week, but at every opportunity throughout the year.

Leslie Miller, RN; Barbara Walters, RN; Janet Garvey, DNP; Dawn Haney, RN; and Commissioner, Jimmy Starline, Chairman

The nurses of the Camden County Board of Commissioners' Living Well Clinic said, "As nurses at the Living Well Onsite Wellness Clinic, our mission is to promote balance between medicine and wellness by empowering our community to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  We are thankful to our patients for trusting us on a level that allows us to cultivate relationships while providing quality healthcare."

Camden County Receives Silver Level Award for "2015 First Coast Healthiest Companies"
The Camden County Board of Commissioners will be recognized at the 7th Annual First Coast Worksite Wellness Conference on May 13, 2015 at the University of North Florida's University Center as the 2015 First Coast Healthiest Companies Silver Level Award winner. 

The First Coast Worksite Wellness Council (FCWWC) awards and recognizes the 2015 Healthiest Companies to those that are making noteworthy strides in improving the well-being and productivity of their employees.  Awards are based on efforts and best practices in creating a health and wellness corporate culture based on wellness initiatives and goals, senior level support, communication and engagement, company policies, know your numbers, healthy behaviors, safety, physical activity, nutrition/weight management, culture and prevention, and outcome measurements.


Established in 2008, the FCWWC is a community workgroup led by a partnership between the Florida Department of Health in Duval County and the City of Jacksonville Mayor's Council on Fitness and Wellbeing.  This workgroup was charged with impacting community health through the business community and creating a platform for local businesses to be recognized for excellence in their worksite wellness. 


With effective management of employee health and wellness programs, corporations have successfully slowed the rise in their health care costs. By working with resources such as medical plan carriers, insurance providers, brokers, community partners, etc., corporations continue to implement programs which demonstrate that employees are maintaining and improving their health and wellbeing. These impacts result in bottom line savings for many companies. Camden County Human Resources Director Katie Howard said, "This kind of recognition re-affirms to us that we are on the correct pathway in the journey to a total culture shift in how we approach wellness. Camden County could not be more proud to be the recipient of this Silver Level Award for worksite wellness."


The Camden County Wellness Program seeks to empower employees to improve overall health by achieving and maintaining the most current American Heart Association target ranges, partnering with employees in nicotine cessation, encouraging employees in health promotion through preventative screenings, and achieving overall reduction in health plan costs by educating and supporting employees to institute healthy lifestyle changes.

Tourism to Cumberland Island National Seashore creates $3,013,400 in
Economic Benefits 
A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 61,402 visitors to Cumberland Island National Seashore in 2014 spent $2,471,500 in communities near the park. That spending supported 37 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $3,013,400.
"Cumberland Island National Seashore welcomes visitors from across the country and around the world," said Superintendent Gary Ingram. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides. We also feature the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy, returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service, and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."
Located off the coast of southern Georgia, Cumberland Island is a destination for those who seek solitude and a touch of the wild coast. Rich history, lush maritime forests, and pristine beaches await those who visit. "There is a little bit of something for everyone," says Ingram, "50 miles of trails, camping, picnic areas, and wide range of things to do and see. Due to its location, folks have to make plans to visit. They usually stay in the area; eating, shopping and visiting other area attractions as part of their visit. It's not just a visit, but an experience that involves area communities, an experience that we're proud to be part of."

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and National Park Service economist Lynne Koontz. The report shows $15.7 billion of direct spending by 292.8 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 277,000 jobs nationally; 235,600 of those jobs are found in these gateway communities. The cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy was $29.7 billion.

According to the 2014 report, most park visitor spending was for lodging (30.6 percent) followed by food and beverages (20.3 percent), gas and oil (11.9 percent), admissions and fees (10.2 percent) and souvenirs and other expenses (9.9 percent).
To download the report, please visit:

The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.
To learn more about national parks in Georgia and how the National Park Service works with Georgia communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to
Camden County Board of Commissioners Citizens Academy 
Now taking Applications

The Board of County Commissioners, along with staff, are preparing for another Citizens' Academy that will be offered this fall.  We continue to carry out the goal of being an open and accessible local government to our citizens. 
The Camden County Citizens' Academy is a classroom style program offered to local residents interested in learning more about the services provided by their county government agency.  Participants will have the opportunity to hear from various staff, employees, department heads and elected officials throughout the county that will host sessions detailing what happens in their department. Open discussions and questions generally take place during each weekly class session. 
The next Citizens' Academy will begin August 13th, 2015 and will last for 8 weeks.  Classes are held each Thursday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Participants should be willing to commit to at least two hours a week for those eight weeks, with some sessions lasting longer. 
Academy classes, along with a field trip, will take place at several county locations. There is no registration fee required and all local residents of the community are encouraged to apply.
All interested individuals can find an application and additional details about the class at Completed applications can either be mailed to the Office of County Administrator, ATTN: Citizens' Academy, P.O. Box 99, Woodbine, Georgia 31569, sent via email to [email protected] or be faxed to (912) 576-5647.
Christopher Martin named
Employee of the 3rd Quarter for FY2015
Camden County Government's Employee Recognition Committee is pleased to announce Christopher Martin of Camden County Fire Rescue as our Employee of the 3rd Quarter for fiscal year 2015. Chris will be formally recognized with this award at the upcoming regularly scheduled Board of County Commissioners meeting to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. 

As a firefighter, Chris goes above and beyond the call of duty every day. He comes to work with a positive attitude and always looks for ways to help his fellow firefighters and boost morale in the work place. Chris attempts to make everyone else's job a little easier and inspires his colleagues with his actions and helping hands. He is a compassionate person and highly skilled in his field, making him truly stand out among his peers. Chris definitely has a "can do" attitude.


While on a call, Chris supports the patient and families beyond his normal EMS requirements.  He is to be commended for the job he does out in the field where he shows courage, strength, dedication and loyalty to his coworkers. Chris is a caring and kindhearted individual who always manages to have a smile on his face. He is to be admired for his dedication and commitment to the citizens of Camden County.


The Board of Commissioners would like to applaud Firefighter Martin on his efforts. We are pleased and fortunate to have such a dedicated employee on the team and present in emergency situations.

One of our goals for the County is to ensure that we are providing our citizens with the right information and a better understanding of current local issues as related to Camden County Government. It is our hope that you have enjoyed reading the monthly Community Outreach Newsletter and have found it to be informative and helpful. We encourage your feedback and value any input you may be able to offer as we strive to improve our services for the future good of Camden County.  

By working together, Camden County can continue to be "Georgia's Coastal Community of Choice."

Meet Your Commissioners

  Chip Keene
District 1

Chuck Clark
District 2
  Jimmy Starline
District 3
Commissioner Gary Blount  
  Gary Blount
District 4

Tony Sheppard
District 5
Our Commitment to You!
Our mission is to deliver defined county services with exceptional customer service and to do so in a financially sustainable and transparent manner.

Camden County 2030 is the premier coastal community of Georgia- beautiful and safe.  

Camden County 2030 has a strong regional economy and diverse job opportunities with four major pillars:
  • An active Naval Submarine Base;
  • A successful World Class Spaceport;
  • Space tourism; and,
  • a Technology Corridor. 

Camden County 2030 has relaxed living with quality residential developments, and abundant leisure choices for all.



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