By Tia Lynn Lecorchick staff writer
The Morgan County Board of Commissioners (BOC) recognized several community leaders and 4-H students who have recently won awards and competitions on May 20.
Michael Lamar, the county manager for Morgan County, was recognized for being named County Manager of the Year by the Georgia City-County Management Association.
“Michael has served this community well and we are proud his work is paying off,” said Andy Ainslie, chairman of the BOC.
“I am honored and humbled to be selected by my friends and colleagues for such an award,” said Lamar.
According to the Morgan County website, Lamar has over 13 years of public administration experience and began working in Morgan County in July of 2005. Lamar has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida.
According to Lamar’s bio, “Mr. Lamar is committed to providing efficient and effective local government services, and is very dedicated to total openness and transparency in local government. Mr. Lamar is one of three county managers in Georgia recognized as a Credentialed Manager by the International City / County Manager’s Association.”
The county lawyer, Christian Henry, was recognized at last night’s meeting for being named president-elect of the County Attorney Section of the Association County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) on May 7 at their annual conference in Savannah. Henry will serve his one-year term beginning in April of 2015. In addition to serving as president of the County Attorneys Section, Henry will also serve as an ex officio member of the ACCG Board of Managers, which direct the overall affairs of the organization.
Henry graduated from the University of Georgia in 1993 and then earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University in 1997. Before moving to Madison, Henry practiced law in several law firm in Atlanta.
“He has been incredibly helpful to our county and always does a good job,” said Ellen Warren, member of the BOC.
The Morgan County Master 4-H Club was recognized for their achievements in state competitions earlier this year. Four teams of 4-H’s were congratulated by the BOC during the May 20 work session meeting.
The Dairy Bowl Quiz team, comprised of Jay Moon, Victoria Cagle, Will Porter and Constance Johnson, won their state competition and are headed to nationals later this year. The Senior Recurve Archery Team, comprised of Jonathan Garner, Caleb Higdon, and Jacob Vaughters, and the Senior Compound Archery Team, comprised of Tori Armor, Hattie Ivy, Joshua Carver, and Jackson Mitchell, also won state competitions and will head to a national competitions later this year.
The Cloverleaf Recurve Team, comprised of Isabella Elwood, Julia Myers, and Ashley Pincus, won first place in the statewide competition and Ben Porter was named Grand Champion Breeding Ewe.
“These are a special group of people. And we are proud of all they have achieved,” said Philip Clack, a BOC member.