ACCG has produced several publications to assist counties in their day-to-day operations on a variety of topics. Each publication is routinely updated to ensure that timely and accurate information is available for county use.
Handbook for Georgia County Commissioners
ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government have partnered to produce the 5th edition of the Handbook for Georgia County Commissioners with content written and reviewed by experts in their field. The Handbook is considered to be the most comprehensive reference guide to county government available. This edition of the Handbook includes over 600 pages of citations for hard to find statutory authority, best practice tips, organizational charts, statistics and most importantly, information that will assist in the day-to-day operations of the county. Please Note: Hard copies of the Handbook are no longer available.
ACCG Guidebooks are available for download. The guidebooks cover topics from county constitutional officers to local option sales tax to assist counties in their day-to-day operations on a variety of topics. Each publication is routinely updated to ensure that current and accurate information is available for county use.
- Charting a Course for Cooperation and Collaboration
- Constitutional County Officers Guide
- EMS Regionalization Study
- Salary Guide: Guide for Computing County Official Salaries
- A Guide to Local Government Construction Projects
- Handbook for Georgia County Commissioners
- Identity Theft Program
- LOST Guide
- Meetings Organization and Public Access for Counties
- Model Emergency Management Ordinance and Agreements
- Open Meetings/Open Records Guide
- Parliamentary Procedure for Counties: A Guide and Model Ordinance
- SPLOST Guide
- Populations Acts
- Local Constitutional Amendments
2021 County Officials Salary Guide
ACCG’s 2021 Salary Guide for County Officials is now available for calculation of salaries (as of January 1, 2021) for county commissioners, coroners, magistrates, probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, tax commissioners, and other officials. This year’s Guide was delayed by the extended session of the General Assembly, which was considering legislation affecting salaries as last as June 26th. Significant information for 2021:
- The state did not award a 2021 cost of living adjustment (COLA), and therefore there is no state-mandated COLA increase for county officials.
- Constitutional officers (probate judges, sheriffs, superior court clerks, and tax commissioners) receive a 5% increase to their base salaries based on General Assembly action in the previous legislative session.
- Legislation to grant magistrate judges a similar base pay increase failed to pass on the final day of the 2020 General Assembly.
Previous Salary Guides
EMS Regionalization Study
A study by ACCG prepared for the Georgia Department of Community Health State Office of Rural Health. Published in 2016, the report asses the feasibility of regionalizing EMS systems in Georgia.