Posts From September, 2012

Citizens Academies are excellent educational tools 

Friday, September 21, 2012 4:21:00 PM Categories: News

Does your county have a Citizens’ Academy?

Should you?

This is a question being tossed about in a lot of counties across the nation today, and many are deciding they should. People are looking for the county to help them in some manner, and how can they get help if they don’t know what or who to look for? Citizens’ Academies are an excellent means of education for a public that is hungry for information about what counties can do for its people.

It begins with county leadership participating in the process. Every county administrator should be available to lead the discussion in the first class, and every department head taking the instructional lead in classes.

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has a board game called “Counties Work” that is instrumental in teaching the county story. The National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) wholeheartedly endorses this fun educational game and, in fact, helped develop it with NACo.

New NACO priorities to advance NACO’s Executive Director Matt Chase is already working to align organizational resources and federal policy goals, improve research on county innovations and solutions and enhance communications with the membership and partners. Furthermore, he is going to examine NACo’s relationship building and partnership efforts with state associations, affiliates, corporations, foundations and other stakeholders.

Your constituents need to know that NACO assists counties in many ways, including cost-saving, efficiency and innovative solutions (including partnerships with state associations, affiliates and others), evaluating the financial, intellectual and human resources necessary to successfully implement the board’s vision and objectives.

All of this can be included in a Citizens’ Academy program in your county. Check out Helpful Links on the NACIO website and contact one of the counties listed that sponsors a Citizens’ Academy. You will be taking the first step to educating your citizens as to what your county does for them and how they can take advantage of the benefits of county government!


Beyer unanimously chosen as NACIO 2nd VP 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 1:05:00 PM Categories: NACIO News

NACIO President Larry Liddell of Tunica County, Miss., announced Sept. 11 that Jessica Beyer of Blue Earth County, Minn., had won the election for the vacant NACIO Second Vice President position. Beyer will serve as NACIO Second VP for the remainder of2012-13, and then ascend into the First Vice President position in July 2013.

"I am very pleased to announce that Jessica Beyer of Blue Earth County, Minnesota, has been elected by her peers as Second Vice President of the National Association of County Information Officers,” said Liddell. “I am not only excited for her, but I am excited for NACIO as she exemplifies the quality of person we need to lead NACIO."

As Second VP, Beyer will work closely with Liddell and First Vice President Todd McGee of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners as the NACIO Executive Team. NACIO officers serve two-year terms. Liddell’s tenure as President will end in July 2013, when McGee will then become President and Beyer will move into the First Vice President position. At that time, NACIO members will elect a new Second Vice President.

“Jessica’s experience in county government and her previous involvement with NACIO as a Board member and as chair of the Awards of Excellence Competition in 2011 make her extremely qualified to serve as a NACIO officer,” said McGee.

The Second Vice President position became open in July when Diana Buckley of Ellis County, Texas, announced that she had accepted a job in the private sector. NACIO bylaws state that members must work for a county government or state association of counties.