ATLANTA — District 1 Lumpkin County Commissioner David Miller was recently named as the 2020-2021 Vice Chairman of the Health and Human Services Policy Committee for the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG or Georgia’s County Association). The appointment was made by ACCG President and Jefferson County Commissioner Johnny Davis.
Legislative advocacy and public policy development are two of the primary services that ACCG provides to Georgia counties. The association uses a consensus-based policy committee process to bring together county commissioners and county staff to discuss issues of concern to county government that require changes to state and federal laws and agency policies. Policy committees develop positions on key issues, which become part of the Policy Agenda. The Policy Agenda is voted on by the membership during the ACCG Legislative Leadership Conference held annually in October. The ACCG policy team uses the Policy Agenda to guide advocacy efforts on behalf of counties during the legislative session.
“Being able to serve in a capacity that requires one to lead in various areas requires sacrifice, hard work and dedication,” said ACCG Executive Director Dave Wills. “It is imperative to Georgia’s counties that the right candidate is chosen to ensure that community needs are met.”
The Health and Human Services Committee examines health and human service delivery and financing issues. These include indigent health care, medically under served areas, public health, mental health, developmental disabilities, addictive diseases, hospital authorities, emergency medical services and housing.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as Vice Chairman of this committee and to work on legislative issues that have a direct impact on our community,” said Commissioner Miller. “Especially with the COVID-19 pandemic and our plans for a new hospital, it Is critical for our community to have someone who can assist in navigating these waters.”
Commissioner Miller will lead the Health and Human Services Policy Committee with Charlton County Commissioner Alphya Benefield, who was named Chair. Dr. Miller also serves as Chair for the Lumpkin County Board of Health and Professor of Healthcare at Brenau University.
ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, go to www.accg.org.