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April 29, 2014

Hughes appointed to ACCG Board of Managers

TIFTON — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal joined county officials from across the state at the 100th annual conference of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia held April 11-15 in Savannah. Deal gave the keynote address, and installed the association's 2014-15 Board of Managers, which included Tift County Commissioner Melissa Hughes, who will represent the 11th District, and serve as part of the association's 40-member board.

"The ACCG Board of Managers is comprised of individuals with a passion for public service. They show a willingness to serve not only as a leader in their own community, but also as a leader among their peers by serving their association," said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. "I look forward to having Commissioner Hughes become part of our leadership team and help guide our association into its next century of service."

"The only way we can live is if we grow. The only way we can grow is if we change. The only way we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed and the only way we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open," said Hughes. "I am honored to serve as the 11th District Representative, and look forward to serving beside my colleagues on the ACCG Board of Managers."

During her term as a commissioner, Hughes has initiated several projects within the community that she is proud of, including the One Street At A Time cleanup, the Keep 'Em Warm coat drive, Sock It To 'Em sock drive and the Pump Up The Volume community health fair. She serves on several boards, including Save Our Pets, Tift County Board of Health, is a Policy Committee member for the Public Safety & Courts. os a GABCO member and serves on the Defined Contribution Board through ACCG.

Hughes has been featured in Tifton Scene magazine. She is the daughter of Miley Hughes and the late Calvin Hughes, and is the oldest of four children. She has one son, Justin Miller, and four beautiful granddaughters.

When not serving her community in one of these capacities, Hughes enjoys cooking, fishing, playing card games and her new pastime, billiards.

ACCG is a nonprofit part of Georgia's county governments. Formed in 1914 with 19 charter county members, the ACCG today serves as the consensus building, training and legislative organization for all 159 county governments in the state. Georgia's county governments constitute the direct membership of the ACCG, encompassing 159 counties and more than 810 county commissioners.

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