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AAC conference succeeds in keeping county officials informed, engaged

to fulfill my role as county treasurer. Conference reiterates to me the importance of our role as public servants. From the remarks made by National Association of Counties 1st Vice President Greg Cox to the association meetings to the breakout sessions, each element of this year’s conference emphasized the great responsibility bestowed upon us by the electorate. It is our duty to remain informed and engaged so we can act in the best interest of our constituents. I want to extend my gratitude to my fellow AAC board member, Debbie Wise, for presiding over this year’s event. She exuded a level of leadership we all should strive to attain. And I thank the AAC staff, in particular Elizabeth Kellar, for their work both before and during conference. Tis was Elizabeth’s first year to plan and oversee an AAC conference. She handled the responsibility admirably. If you get a chance, please commend her on a job well done. Te staff works passionately each year to craft an event that will leave an impression on us, and I can think of several highlights. Te talented Miss Arkansas 2017 Maggie Benton delivered a touching tribute to our country when she sang the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” State legislators who sit on the Senate and House City, County and Local Affairs committees and the Senate and House State Agencies committees convened during our conference. Tey listened to our concerns, and they heard about new efficien- cies the AAC is implementing — namely a pilot program called Arraignment Bridge. Tis program allows communi- cation among inmates, sheriffs and judges to take place via video, thus reducing the risk associated with transporting inmates to and from courthouses and state prisons. I look forward to when this technology is made available to all our AAC Risk Management Fund member counties. Te legislators’ presence at the AAC conference is much appreciated, as it allows them a glimpse into our world and


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was thrilled to join you all at the 49th annual AAC Conference in Little Rock a few weeks ago. Te excitement and energy surrounding conference always reinvigorates me as I head back to Clark County

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affords us a chance to forge the relationships we need in place when we go to the Capitol. All of us should strive to maintain an open line of communication with state lawmakers. It was an honor to have Ar- kansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge join us for our Tursday morning general session. She is such a strong advocate for coun- ties and law enforcement. And I sincerely thank Gov. Asa Hutchinson for making time in his busy schedule to speak with us Friday morning. He an- nounced four counties will receive funding for crisis stabi- lization units — facilities for which the AAC has advocated to alleviate jail overcrowding. Te breakout sessions were helpful and timely. We learned

more about the state’s new medical marijuana laws and our role in the implementation of those laws, human resources best practices, diversity in the workplace, and courthouse security and self-defense. We also had opportunities to fellowship with one another.

Te relationships we establish with those in our county fam- ily are so important. We are our greatest allies and sources of support. You can’t put a price tag on the experience of those who have been serving the public for numerous years. With their sage wisdom, we all can remain informed and engaged — and be more effective servants to our public.

Judy Beth Hutcherson

Clark County Treasurer / AAC Board President Did an aspect of county government “make news” recently in your county? Did

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Judy Beth Hutcherson AAC Board President; Clark County Treasurer

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