County Commission | The Magazine August 2018 - Page 43

Q What kind of impact are counties seeing from the award-winning Motor Grader Operator Training Program initiated by ACEA? A Three years ago, Henry County Engineer Chris Champion had a vision of providing a higher level of customer service to the citizens of Alabama while minimizing liability to county government. Through his and his committee’s dedicated and unselfish leadership, Alabama county engineers now enjoy a reliable resource to provide quality training at little cost to both existing and prospective motor grader operators. While the program has only been in place for one year, over half of the counties in Alabama have already benefitted from Chris’s vision. The successful development of this program required two years of dedication from Chris and his committee and the partnership of all 67 counties within Alabama. They have created a program that will not only train countless county motor grader operators but also provide the blueprint for additional training developed and implemented in the future. Q With this being ACCA’s 90 th Annual Convention, what are some advantages of having elected officials and county department heads together for this event? A Every county has a team, led by the commission and consisting of multiple departments, striving to meet the needs of the public on a daily basis. During my tenure in Chambers County, our commission has been committed to the education of both its members and their team. Today, our Association of County Engineers is one of the Sponsored by Workers’ Compensation | Liability | Property For nearly four decades, the Association of County Commissions of Alabama’s (ACCA) Self-Funded Insurance Pools have utilized an outside company to serve the insurance needs of Alabama’s 67 counties. Beginning in 2019, counties’ insurance needs will be served by a new entity, a nonprofit created exclusively for counties by counties — County Risk Services, Inc. Learn more about this monumental improvement and its benefits to counties at the ACCA 90th Convention & Celebration in August. COUNTY COMMISSION | 43