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May 3, 2022




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ATLANTA, GA – ACCG, Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded county officials with certificates for completing requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy. Recipients were presented with their achievement certificates during the 2022 ACCG Annual Conference at the Savannah Convention Center. Commissioner Anthony Jones, Dougherty County District Six, was honored for successfully completing the Intergovernmental Relations and Leadership Development specialty track requirements in the Lifelong Learning Academy.

ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia have collaborated for more than two decades to provide county officials with supplemental training and educational tools in the Lifelong Learning Academy. With abundant courses to choose from, every county official has a tailor-made learning experience that allows them to excel in specific areas of expertise.

“County officials are faced with many challenges and ever-evolving circumstances under which they must govern Georgia’s local communities,” said Dave Wills, ACCG’s Executive Director.

“The Lifelong Learning Academy was created to help them navigate those challenges. I commend county leaders who take full advantage of educational opportunities to further their knowledge on how to better serve their communities.”

The Lifelong Learning Academy was created with input from county commissioners who identified courses based on the issues and decision-making challenges regularly faced by county officials. To ensure the course requirements and curriculum remain relevant and engaging, the ACCG Lifelong Learning Committee – comprised of county commissioners and staff from both ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia – meet regularly to review and adjust accordingly. Through this collaborative approach, the Lifelong Learning Academy has been successful in equipping county officials with the necessary skills to meet the needs of their constituents.

“As an elected county commissioner, we face many challenges in the communities we serve in,” said Commissioner Jones. “Being armed with tools on navigating through these challenges and other skills is a tremendous asset in helping us to more effectively serve our constituents, and ultimately, our entire county and community.”

A 34-year resident of Dougherty County, Commissioner Anthony Jones was born in Alabama. He holds an undergraduate degree from Tuskegee University and a retiree of the University of Georgia’s Dougherty County Extension Service, where he served as the 4-H Youth Development Coordinator and County Extension Coordinator for 24 years. Commissioner Jones is currently approaching his third term as County Commissioner for District Six of Dougherty County. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Dougherty County Library and is an Executive Board Member for the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission Board. He is a certified member of ACCG, as well as numerous organizations throughout the state of Georgia.

Commissioner Jones Receiving Award from ACCG with ACCG representatives

Pictured from left to right: Mara Shaw, Associate Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia; Steve Taylor, ACCG Past President and Bartow County Sole Commissioner; Anthony Jones, Dougherty County Commissioner; Dave Wills, ACCG Executive Director; and Rob Gordon, Director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia. Photo courtesy of ACCG.