July 2019

NCACC to Hold 112th Annual Conference in Guilford County

NCACC’s Annual Conference will be held August 22-24 at the Grandover Resort and Conference Center in Guilford County. The event offers various workshops and educational and networking opportunities for commissioners and county staff. This year’s theme “Connect Your County,” focuses on the pivotal role counties play in connecting people and organizations to improve the community. Among featured speakers will be Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author, who will share what she learned about leadership during her 50-year career studying American Presidents. For more information or to register, click here.

North Carolina Counties Play Prominent Role at 2019 NACo Annual Conference

More than half of the counties in North Carolina were represented at the 84th National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference and Exposition, held July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada. Several North Carolina counties were recognized for outstanding programs and initiatives, including Transylvania County, which was selected for a Best in Category Award for Children and Youth Programs for its Get Set Transylvania Early Childhood Collective.

Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner was recognized for her strong support for the arts and Sig Hutchinson, Wake County Commissioner participated in a panel focused on healthy lifestyles. Tracey Johnson, Washington County Commissioner and Ray Jeffers, Person County Commissioner were reelected to serve on the NACo Board of Directors.

Commissioner Jeffers also ran for NACo 2nd Vice President. While he gained widespread support from across the country, Commissioner Larry Johnson, from DeKalb County, Georgia was ultimately elected to the position. The North Carolina delegation also participated in the NACo Business Meeting, where the following NACo leadership appointments for North Carolina were announced:

  • Kitty Barnes, Catawba County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Environment, Energy and Land Use Steering Committee)
  • Kay Cashion, Guilford County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee; Vice Chair, Art and Culture Commission; At-Large Board Appointment)
  • Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County Manager (Vice Chair, Resilient Counties Committee)
  • George Dunlap, Mecklenburg County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Large Urban County Caucus)
  • Viola Harris, Edgecombe County Commissioner (Vice Chair-South, Membership Steering Committee)
  • Sig Hutchinson, Wake County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Healthy Counties Initiative)
  • Renee Price, Orange County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Arts and Culture Commission)
  • Gloria Whisenhunt, Forsyth County Commissioner (Vice Chair, Health Steering Committee)

Person County Receives NCACC Grant for Soft Body Armor

NCACC Joint Risk Management Agency presented Person County with a grant to assist with the purchase of soft body armor. The Soft Body Armor grant program was established as part of a broad initiative led by the NCACC Joint Risk Management Board of Trustees to provide additional resources and training for the county law enforcement community to help manage risks they regularly face. These opportunities are intended to reduce injuries for law enforcement, and improve the degree of risk to injury while on the job. For more information on these programs and the NCACC risk pools, go to

Allysa Rouse Joins Washington County as NCACC-ICMA Management Fellow

Allysa Rouse joined the Washington County Management staff as an NCACC-ICMA Management Fellow on July 8. She earned her Master of Public Administration from East Carolina University in May 2019.

Listen In and Share the Latest Episode of CountyCast!

Mercy triumphs over judgment. That’s not an idea that will make it in to many blockbuster action movies or courtroom reality TV shows, but when it comes to real life, nothing makes for a better story than the missteps of offenders being wiped clean. Those are the very stories that are being written in Cumberland County, as Commissioner Charles Evans and District Attorney Billy West, along with their team of partners, are working hard to achieve second chances, a new life, a clean slate, for some in their community.

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FEMA Hosts Webinar Series on Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories

FEMA is hosting a series of free webinars to discuss recently released Hurricane Michael Recovery Advisories. The webinars will provide information and best practices on design and construction guidance to help minimize damage from future storm events. For more information or to register click here.

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) Provides New Cyber Hygiene Guide for Windows 10 Users

CIS has a new resource to help offer practical guidance on “cyber hygiene” to Windows 10 users. The guide provides practical step-by-step assistance for securing computers running on Windows 10 without the need for advanced technical knowledge. It is targeted to organizations concerned with stopping theft of company information, website defacement, phishing attacks, ransomware, and data loss. Click here to access the guide.

NC DEQ to Launch “Recycle Right NC” Campaign to Improve Recycling

This fall, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is launching an education campaign to help local governments improve recycling efforts and reduce the amount of non-recyclables placed in recycling bins. Click here to participate. For more information about the campaign, technical assistance, or related grant funding, contact Matt James at (919) 707-8133 or

The National Association for Justice Information Systems (NAJIS) to Hold Annual Conference

NAJIS is holding its 37th Annual Conference September 30 – October 3, 2019 in Baltimore, MD. NAJIS is an organization of individuals who are responsible for the acquisition, operation and management of local, state and federal criminal justice information systems. For more information or to register visit

County Briefs

Davidson County Named by the Center for Digital Government as a Top 10 Digital Counties Survey Awards Winner

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New Hanover County Announces Leadership Changes

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Brunswick Commissioners Announce Randell Woodruff as Next County Manager

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Upcoming Events

'Communities Responding to the Opioid Crisis' Webinar: Syringe Exchange Program

August 15 - Online

This free summer series of webinars is focused on how North Carolina local governments and communities are responding to the opioid crisis. Each webinar will introduce a specific strategy and explore how communities are implementing that strategy.

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NCACC Board of Directors Meeting

August 21 - Guilford County

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112th NCACC Annual Conference

August 22 to 24 - Guilford County

Each of North Carolina's 100 counties play a pivotal role in connecting people and organizations to improve county and community – these connections allow the collective to achieve a goal greater than any would be able to individually. Counties also seek connection – whether broadband access, financial resources or strategic partnerships – to improve the delivery of services to residents, and ensure their communities have what they need to thrive. County officials can connect with leadership experts, innovative thinkers and – most importantly – each other during the NCACC’s 112th Annual Conference, which will showcase ways that counties can identify and embrace connections to overcome challenges and improve the lives of their citizens.

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