Ganey nominated for honor as certified county administrator

Ed Howell
Posted 3/7/17

The Walker County Commission approved nominating county administrator Cheryl Ganey as a certified county administrator at its meeting on Monday.

Ganey’s nomination was approved to be sent in to …

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Ganey nominated for honor as certified county administrator


The Walker County Commission approved nominating county administrator Cheryl Ganey as a certified county administrator at its meeting on Monday.

Ganey’s nomination was approved to be sent in to the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama (ACCA), which administers the County Government Education Institute Program. The commission’s resolution, passed at Monday’s meeting, recommended her for the designation.

The resolution noted Ganey has been employed as the county administrator since Dec. 31, 2013. It noted that in addition to her duties, Ganey has “worked to improve her knowledge of county government and the duties of the county administrator by participation in the educational programs offered through the County Government Education Institute Program.” 

Ganey has received a certificate in county administration by successfully completing the required coursework, and has also now completed coursework for the certified county administrator designation, the resolution noted.

District 3 Commissioner Ralph Williams congratulated Ganey.

“I know she put a lot of time and extra in for her classes to be approved” for the designation, he said.

District 1 Commissioner Keith Davis said, “It is not an easy job, what Cheryl does. She spends countless hours. People don’t notice how she works behind the scenes for the betterment of the county’s citizens. I have been highly impressed by her work ethic, her honesty and her willingness to learn.”

He also noted Ganey has streamlined county operations to save the county millions of dollars, saying she has presented many ideas over the years to save money.

“You’ve earned your salary 10 times fold every year with those ideas,” Davis said to her.

District 4 Commissioner Steven Aderholt said, “No one can put together a spread sheet like Cheryl can, I promise you,” said, with Davis adding, “Or a binder with tabs.” 

Aderholt said with all the information needed to perform as a commission, Ganey goes above the call of duty to make sure the information is presented in every available form.

“That’s an asset for a county commission, to be able to look at something on a quick basis and then go further and more in-depth into the data. She makes all that easy for us. That’s time we don’t have to spend doing some of those things,” he said.

Ganey said, “I’ve really enjoyed working with y’all,” noting she enjoys the challenge the job has presented her.

Chairman Jerry Bishop said, “Thank you for putting up with me for four months,” noting she had helped him enormously in the transition of taking over as chairman.

According to the ACCA website, a county administrator may be approved for the designation by the ACCA Board of Directors at its annual August meeting if the administrator meets all of the requirements by July 31. Those approved as a certified county administrator receive their certification during an awards ceremony held at the time of the ACCA Annual Convention.

Requirements for the designation include three years of experience as a county administrator, completing educational requirements, submitting an application and obtaining the resolution approved by the commission Monday.

In other action at Monday’s meeting, the commission: 

•Heard Mike Short say that three bids were submitted for a new county phone system for four county facilities, but he wants more study to determine the lowest qualified bid based on specifications. Among the bids were Logista, $23,921.50; AT&T, $67,262.74; and Business Telephone Systems (BTS) of Birmingham, $111,737.34. “I think Logista lacks some wiring in theirs. They were strictly bidding the hardware,” Short said. The commission agreed to his request to study the bids. Short said he would come back to the commission next month with a recommendation. “We want to make sure we are comparing apples to apples and not apples to oranges,” he said. Short said later that day the new phone system will replace an outdated one now in place, with new phones set to go to the sheriff’s, probate judge, courthouse and courthouse annex facilities.

•Held an executive session at the end of the meeting concerning pending legal matters.

•Agreed to renew for three years with the ACCA’s Liability Self-Insurance Fund.

“They will have a long-time longevity bonus. That is going to 15 percent of our 2017 premium for those who participate,” Ganey said. “We usually get a refund every year on this also of around about 10 percent.” This covers our general liability, auto liability, errors and admissions, cyber liability and other forms of liability, she said.