TIFTON -- Tift County Commissioner John Huggins was honored recently for completing the nationally recognized County Commissioners Training Program.

Co-sponsored by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia and the University of Georgia's Carl Vinson Institute of Government, the training program enhances local governments' ability to provide public services responsibly, efficiently, and cost-effectively.

The Tift County official was awarded a Certificate of Recognition during a special ceremony at ACCG's Annual Meeting in Savannah in April.

Dr. James Ledbetter, director of the Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia, distributed the certificates to the 41 program graduates.

To receive certification, officials must complete 48 hours of instruction. Since its inception in 1987, almost 800 county officials have become certified through the program.

The ACCG's training programs have become models for other states.

Established in 1914 with 19 charter members, ACCG is the consensus building, training, service and legislative advocacy organization of all 159 of Georgia's county governments.

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