Davis is running for ACCA position

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/6/19

District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis is one of four finalists to become vice president - and eventually president — of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) over a …

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Davis is running for ACCA position

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District 1 Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis is one of four finalists to become vice president - and eventually president — of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) over a three-year period.

Davis would still serve as a county commissioner at the same time. Davis and other county commissioners in Walker County are up for re-election in 2020.

At Monday's commission meeting, the commission nominated him for to serve again on the ACCA Legislative Committee, but Davis indicated he might not could continue to serve on that panel. The commission agreed to a plan that will allow District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt to serve on the Legislative Committee if Davis was moved up to vice president. 

A final decision will be made by the association during its convention Aug. 20-22 in Orange Beach.  

According to a handout from the ACCA, "The ACCA vice president serves as a voting member of the ACCA Board of Directors," and is part of the Executive Committee. "The vice president is elected with the anticipation of the office-holder becoming president of the association two years following his or her first election. The person elected in August of 2019 would, then, be expected to become president of the ACCA in August 2021."

Davis said the second year as vice president would essentially be as president-elect.

The handout also mentions that once the person is elected president, they would remain an active voting member of the board of directors for as long as they remained in office as a county commissioner. 

Davis noted the Legislative Committee is important as well, as it depends on each county sending one commissioner to sit on it. Committee members are active in meeting throughout the year and then calling or visiting state legislators while the Alabama Legislature is in session to encourage votes favoring the ACCA's position on issues, particularly in blocking unfunded mandates. 

"It is a good way to meet other committee members, other commissioners from across the state and also be involved in the legislative cycle when it starts next time," Davis told commissioners Monday.

District 3 Commissioner Ralph Williams nominated Davis to serve again on the Legislative Committee. Chairman Jerry Bishop suggested Aderholt might serve, but Aderholt noted Davis had done well on the committee.

At that point, Davis noted he had been nominated to be vice president of the association. Bishop later noted he had nominated Davis to be vice president. 

"I go for the interview for that position tomorrow," Davis said, referring to a steering committee that is looking at four candidates, including Davis and candidates from Blount, Calhoun and Randolph counties. Davis said after the meeting the steering committee will make a recommendation for a final selection to the convention.

During the meeting, Davis said, "If I am elected to that, that means in 2021-22, I would be elected president of the ACCA." The terms of office start in August. 

Even as vice president, Davis said he would have to take on additional roles and travel to his schedule. He suggested the commission consider "a back up" in case he is elected. Aderholt quickly volunteered to serve on the committee if Davis is elected, as did District 2 Commissioner Jeff Burrough and Bishop.

After the meeting, Davis said, "Our association is a cream-of-the-crop association," noting he is also on the group's workman's comp board. "I've been heavily involved in the ACCA because it is such a good association. They save the taxpayers legal fees. We can call the association attorney if I have a question. I can call the director if I've got a question. They've been there, done that." 

He noted that to his knowledge, the ACCA has never had a president from Walker County, although Winston County has sent one in the past.

At the same time, he said whoever is picked, the association will be in good hands.

"There are four highly qualified people that will lead the association in the right direction," he said, noting the candidate from Randolph County is a personal friend of his.

"It is one of those things that, it will be time consuming, but the association does so much for county commissioners and for the state as a whole," he said, pointing out the association's insurance fund has $122 million.