Bibb County Commission Chairman Samuel F Hart, Sr. Receives Emory Greene Leadership Award

Also Sworn In as ACCG Second Vice President

Bibb County, GA. (05/03/2013) –  The Bibb County Board of Commissioners does hereby announce that ACCG, Georgia’s county association, annually presents leadership awards to recognize outstanding public servants. This year, ACCG recognized Bibb County Commission Chairman Samuel F. Hart, Sr. with the 2013 Emory Greene Leadership Award, the highest honor a commissioner can receive from his peers. Hart accepted the award during the 2013 ACCG Annual Conference held earlier this week at the Savannah Civic Center. Chairman Hart was also sworn in as the ACCG Second Vice President for the coming year.

The Emory Greene Leadership Award, given since 1990, is named in honor of the late Emory Greene, who was also a Bibb County Commissioner. As Chairman of the Board, Greene was an outstanding leader in his home county, but he was also admired as a statewide leader in his service on numerous boards and commissions. The Emory Greene Leadership Award recognizes a county commissioner who has made significant contributions to the local community and the state.

“Chairman Hart is an outstanding example of putting service before self,” said ACCG Executive Director Ross King. “With over a decade of serving as an elected official in Bibb County, he has a strong record of community investment and desire to improve government efficiency. It is a fitting tribute to recognize him with the Emory Greene Leadership Award.”

Chairman Hart was first elected to office in 1998. He served two four-year terms and an additional two years as a district representative on the commission. He was sworn in as Bibb County Commission Chairman in January 2009 and was re-elected in November 2012.

During his time on the Bibb County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Hart has been very instrumental in reshaping county operations and employing constituent feedback on various issues and projects. He has initiated County Town Hall meetings; implemented listening sessions to solicit constituent suggestions for potential SPLOST projects; established the SPLOST Advisory Board comprised of seven citizens that helps ensure citizens that the spending of SPLOST funds will remain transparent; spearheaded an effort to construct a child abuse treatment center at no cost to Bibb County taxpayers; and has overseen the construction of a new Bibb County Juvenile Justice Center.

Hart is very active in community affairs outside of his role as an elected official. He is an active board member of the Macon Economic Development Commission; Macon-Bibb County Industrial Authority; Macon-Bibb County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Middle Georgia Clean Air Coalition; Greater Macon Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors; Middle Georgia Regional Development Center; Macon Area Transportation Study Policy Committee; Newtown Macon Board of Directors; and the Community Health Works Board. Hart is the Founder and Vice President of 100 Black Men of Macon/Middle Georgia, the President of S&V Education System Tutorial Center and the Executive Director of the Middle Georgia Council for Academic Excellence.

In addition to his prominence in the Bibb County community, Chairman Hart is highly engaged in ACCG. He currently serves as the Board of Managers’ second vice president and a member of the Government Employee Benefits Corporation of Georgia Board of Directors. He is also a Certified County Commissioner.

“One of ACCG’s greatest strengths is monitoring trends in county government and providing timely training on emerging issues,” said Chairman Hart.  “As Second Vice President, one of my responsibilities is to support the work of the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy and to encourage continuing education for county officials.”

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Kevin Barrere
Public Affairs Officer
Bibb County Board of Commissioners


Shelia Thurmond
Clerk of the Board
Bibb County Board of Commissioners