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Director’s DE S K Counties made the top five!


What a tremendous honor for our team here to be recognized at this level. Flame re-kindled. Your team of Scott Perkins, Mark Whitmore, Lindsey Bailey, Josh Curtis, Eddie Jones, Wes Fowler, Jeanne Hunt, Whitney Barket and Christy Smith won this honor because they are hard-working men and women of integrity. Tey represent you well at the Capitol and have many peers who find them to be of high character. Furthermore, it is because they represent such an esteemed and trusted group of people in county officials that they are positioned for such an honor.


Re-kindling comes easy when you work in my job, and a large


part of this is owed to the AAC board and its collective vision to provide all the needed tools to be a success. Without the board’s vision and support, the staff would not approach the level of success. We all owe a debt of gratitude to our board members for their commitment.


It must be said that the government affairs award is also owed,


in part, to the successes and integrity of Jonathan Greer, as he more than helped in our 2015 campaign with the legislature. We recently renamed the AAC Law Library in his memory, and the renaming event is featured in this magazine.


As a part of the lasting tribute to JG, we commissioned a painting in his honor. Kyle Dooley, Eddie Jones’ grandson, did not disappoint. Tis fine piece of art will soon be printed in limited edition and be sold at a reasonable price with all pro- ceeds going to the Charlie Gage Greer Scholarship Fund. One


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thing’s for sure, this work is so beautiful that I feel confident all prints will be sold in short order. We will let you know the details as they develop.


And finally, while I pause to be thankful about our accom- plishments in county government, my list would be incomplete if I didn’t offer thanks for our wonderful Risk Management and Worker’s Compensation programs, staff and member counties.


Unfortunately this arm of AAC doesn’t find itself in an in-


dustry where many awards are given, but if they were we would need a new wall for the plaques. Debbie Norman skillfully leads more than half of the AAC staff in these programs, and they handle claims without fanfare but with amazing capability.


All 75 counties are owners in the Worker’s Compensation


Pool, and we continue to grow our Risk Management Pool with roughly two-thirds — yes, 49 of 75 — counties as members in that program. Membership in these programs provides the means to effectively educate and lobby for our counties. I want to thank all of our participating counties for their trust in these programs, including the new ones that have recently made the switch to our programs beginning in 2016. Flame re-kindled again!


To close, I want to graciously thank all of you for serving the people of Arkansas. What a privilege it is to be put in a position of trust and esteem and what great calling you have to serve with integrity and character. May God Bless you all as you take time to be thankful and reconnect this holiday season.


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