June 2019

NCACC Joint Risk Management Agency Board of Trustees Participate in Meeting

June 13, 2019, the NCACC Joint Risk Management Agency Board of Trustees met in Wake County to approve the 2019-2020 budget, hear updates on the performance of the pools and discuss the 2019 Frank Bonner Scholarship program. The NCACC Board of Trustees will hold their next meeting September 11-13 in New Hanover County and it will include a Strategic Planning Retreat for 2019. Photos from the meeting are available here.

NCACC Expresses Sympathy on Passing of Robert Lewis, Former Cumberland County Commissioner

Robert C. “Bob” Lewis was born in Guilford County and earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from East Carolina University. His long career in education included teaching and coaching boys’ basketball, and principal and associate superintendent. He served for two terms as a Cumberland County Commissioner including a period as Chairman. He was also a Marine veteran of the Korean War and Purple Heart recipient. Lewis died on June 24. Click here for more information about his life.

NCACC Congratulates Johanna Reese and Thanks Her for Serving NC Counties

This month, Johanna Reese, NCACC Director of Government Relations, accepted a position at the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) as Deputy Secretary of Intergovernmental Affairs. During her six and a half years at the Association, she played an important role in shaping important legislation at the General Assembly and leading county advocacy efforts. NCACC thanks Johanna and congratulates her on her new senior role at NCDOT.

Rutherford County Welcomes Caleb Cone as NCACC-ICMA Management Fellow

On June 17, Caleb Cone began his NCACC-ICMA County Management Fellowship, working alongside Danny Searcy, Rutherford County Planning Director and the management team. Cone graduated this year from Appalachian State University with a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He also earned a Planning Certificate while pursuing his MPA. More information about the NCACC County Management Fellowship program is available here.

Listen In and Share the Latest Episode of CountyCast!

We get down to the nitty-gritty on the process to come up with the state’s $26 billion budget and discuss how it is that the NC house, senate, and governor develop and negotiate the spending plan. What do the three versions of the budget have in common? What are the sticking points in the budget and how do they impact counties? Why does it take so long? NCACC Director of Government Relations Johanna Reese and Legislative Counsel Adam Pridemore join us to talk about these questions and more.

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NCDHHS Offers New Materials in County Playbook for Managed Care

On June 26, 2019, counties received the first set of NC Medicaid Managed Care outreach materials to help inform beneficiaries that change is coming to Medicaid and provide guidance on what they need to do, and who to contact if they have questions. These outreach materials, along with an instructional guide on how to use them, and other helpful tools including fact sheets, timelines, readiness guides, enrollment information, and more is available in the NCDHHS County Playbook for Managed Care. Click here to access it.

UNC School of Government to Offer Course on School Funding

October 3, the UNC School of Government is offering a one-day course, “Working Together: Counties, School Boards, and Local Funding for Public Schools.” The course is designed for any county or school official or employee, or interested community member. It focuses on the relationship between counties and local school administrative units, the legal roles and responsibilities of counties for schools, the school budgeting and expenditure processes, and school funding decisions and options at the local level.

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Cybersecurity Symposium Coming to Raleigh July 18

On July 18 Data Connectors will host an executive level IT symposium on cybersecurity to showcase the latest cybersecurity products and services. Data Connectors, established in 1999, hosts conferences in 45 major cities across the U.S. and Canada each year. More information is available here.

NSA Releases Cybersecurity Advisory for “BlueKeep” Vulnerability

The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a cybersecurity advisory for a vulnerability called “BlueKeep” that affects several old versions of the Microsoft Windows operating system. The vulnerability, which is present in Windows 7, Windows XP, and Server 2003 and 2008, allows for an unauthenticated attacker to connect to a vulnerable system using the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and send specially crafted requests without user interaction. Click here for more information in the state’s monthly cyber newsletter.

NC National Guard Foundation Launches WWI Monument Project

The North Carolina National Guard Foundation launched an initiative to establish two new World War I monuments to honor the sacrifices of North Carolinians. One will be placed on NC State Capitol grounds and the other in Nauroy, France, where a decisive battle was fought by the 30th Division of the North Carolina National Guard, which helped break German defenses and end the war. Click here for more information or to support the effort.

Additional Headlines

Disaster Assistance for NC is on the Way

NCACC Explains Why Counties Want to Repeal Lawsuit Authority for School Boards

County Briefs

Rodney Harris Joins Cabarrus County as Deputy County Manager
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Harris Succeeds Pam Dubois, Who Recently Retired After Serving Cabarrus County for Over 30 Years
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Sybil Tate and Dakisha Wesley Hired as Assistant County Managers for Buncombe County

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Ann Hardy, Brunswick County Manager to Retire

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Earl Mathers, Gaston County Manager to Retire

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Dan Scanlon, Currituck County Manager to Retire This Year

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Upcoming Events

National Association of Counties Annual Conference

July 11 to 15 - Clark County, Las Vegas, NV

This year’s National Association of Counties Annual Conference will again be unique for North Carolina attendees as Person County Commissioner Ray Jeffers is running for NACo 2nd Vice President.

There are a number of efforts planned to support his campaign and NC attendees are invited to spend some time at the "Ray for NACo" booth. North Carolina Events of Note: Saturday, July 13 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. the North Carolina Caucus will be held in Paris, Versailles 1&2, and from 7 - 9 p.m. the North Carolina Reception will be held in Paris, Champagne Ballroom 3&4. Sunday, July 14 from 3:45 - 5 p.m. the North Carolina Association of Black County Officials Meeting will be held in Bally's, Grand Ballroom, Bronze 2.

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NC Associations of County Attorneys and DSS Attorneys Summer Conference

July 18 to 20 - New Hanover County

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'Communities Responding to the Opioid Crisis' Webinar: Community Outreach and Education

July 18 - Online Webinar

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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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Featured Classifieds

Director of Housing and Community Development - Orange County

Finance Director - City of Florence, SC

Library Director - Madison County

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