elected VP of state association
BURROUGHS The Daily Mountain Eagle
Published August 31, 2002 1:06 AM CDT
Walker County now has a strong ally in the association that represents
county governments at the state level. And he is a very familiar
face. Walker County Commission chairman Bruce Hamrick was recently
elected as second vice president to the Association of County Commissions
of Alabama. The association represents county governments across
the state of Alabama.
"I am just honored that the commissioners of the state of Alabama
thought enough of me to elect me second vice president," Hamrick
said. "I've always tried to be a good leader and paint a positive
picture of Walker County."
Hamrick joins the association's new president, Perry County Commission
chairman Johnny Flowers, and first vice president, Jefferson County
commissioner Mary Buckelew, on the Board of Directors. The board consists
of these three officers, past presidents of the association and representatives
elected from 12 state districts.
"We are excited about Bruce
and the leadership he will provide for our association," Flowers
said. "He has served on the ACCA Board of Directors previously
and he understands the problems of both urban and rural county governments
|Hamrick is mid-way through his second term as chairman of the Walker
County Commission and has served on the ACCA's Board of Directors
for two years.
The association serves partly as a lobbying force for county governments.
Hamrick said people in the association's office in Montgomery keep
up with legislation currently in the state legislature and will occasionally
call commissioners to come to the state house and oppose legislation
that could potentially harm counties. The association also provides
self-insured workman's compensation insurance for county commissioners
and employees, and self-insured liability insurance with $21 million
in reserves to help in the event counties are sued.
Officers of the association will rotate each year into the next office,
meaning that Hamrick would be next in line for first vice president
and in 2004 would become president. He would be only the second Walker
County commissioner to serve as president, with former commission
chairman Grady Perry being the first.
Hamrick thanked the people of Walker County and his fellow commissioners
for all the support he had been given since becoming part of the ACCA
and said he hoped being in the vice president's position would not
only help promote Walker County even more, but also help counties
across the state.
"I've met so many great people and have
made many friends and all of them have been great to work with,"
Hamrick said. "I am just humbled and honored by this."