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.
- The Arbitration Handbook for Annexation Land Use Disputes
- 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
- Population Acts of Georgia: A Pernicious Profusion of Confusion. Volume I
- Population Acts of Georgia: A Pernicious of Confusion. Volume II
- Local Constitutional Amendments
2022 County Officials Salary Guide
ACCG has prepared a revised 2022 Salary Guide for County Officials to reflect the recently published county-level 2020 Census figures (Appendix D). As noted in the earlier version of the Guide, counties are required to use these official 2020 Census figures to determine the base salary of many county officers. In addition to reviewing the General Principles (pp. 4-5), which include significant changes from the 2021 Guide, please note the following:
- As compared to the 2019 Census estimates included in the earlier version of the 2022 Guide, the final Census figures reflect several counties have moved into a higher population bracket, which in turn will increase the 2022 base salaries for constitutional officers and magistrates in those counties (unless local legislation dictates otherwise). Those counties are Columbus-Muscogee, Decatur, Forsyth, Jackson, Miller, and Morgan. For counties whose population fell into a lower bracket, the general rule is that incumbent officials are entitled to base salaries as reflected in an earlier decennial Census for so long as they remain in that office. See the first two bullet points on p. 4 of the Guide for further details.
- The annual supplement for probate judges serving as magistrate clerks (p. 18, Step 8) has been corrected. While the salary Worksheet (Appendix A) in the original Guide was correct, the accompanying text included two transposed numbers.
Please be sure to consult with your county attorney if you have questions about the Guide.
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.