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“Tank you, sir. It is people like you that give us a reason to suit up every morning.”


To all my county friends, let’s be those people who give our local law enforcement a reason to suit up every morning. We are, after all, a family.


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On Aug. 5-7 we held our annual conference in Springdale. By all accounts it was a huge success. You can read more about it throughout this edition of County Lines. Tis year’s event was well attended (more than 600), and the speakers and breakout sessions met with rave reviews from those in attendance.


One of my favorite lines here in the office comes from Jeanne


Hunt, who has been the mastermind behind every conference for many years now. She says, “I think sometimes people think we sprinkle fairy dust on these conferences and they magically come together!” Well, Jeanne, they don’t think that. But you have made it look effortless for years as you put these events together.


Te same can be said for Brenda “Emmy” Emerson who has skillfully put together continuing education programs for judg- es, circuit clerks, county clerks, treasurers, collectors and now coroners for more than two years in our ARcounties Continuing Education Program.


It has been my profound pleasure to work alongside both of these ladies as we continue to do good things here at the AAC, and it is with both a sense of loss (for me) and a sense of satisfaction (for them) that I report their upcoming retirements in June 2016. Tousands of county officials and employees have been affected in a positive way by their dedication and hard work, and some people simply cannot be replaced.


I encourage all of you to circle on your calendars Aug. 24-26 in 2016 for our annual conference in Garland County, when we will all come together to celebrate with them as they enter into retirement (that is, unless I can talk either of them out of it before then). To Jeanne and Emmy: I want to personally thank you here for all of the great things you have done and continue to do for the counties of Arkansas.


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Te AAC was happy to announce that Josh Curtis joined our staff in June as the government relations director. Josh is steeped in county politics and knows the ins and outs of county govern- ment well. It has been my pleasure to see him come on board with an excitement and eagerness to learn that will suit him well as he takes on liaison duties with collectors and circuit clerks.


You can read more about Josh on page 38. We will all enjoy his dedication to the counties of Arkansas in his career here.


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