GCCA Fall 2017 Conference

By Mike Cuccaro

The Georgia Council of Court Administrators (GCCA) was created to promote and improve education and professional development of court administrators. 

Georgia Council of Court Administrators 1On October 23-25, 2017, GCCA held its fall conference at Jekyll Island, Georgia, with the educational theme of “Legendary Leadership Lessons.”  The program featured speakers on leadership and visioning with several discussions about those leaders who helped create and shape the Council into the organization it is today.  Each conference furthers the mission of GCCA, which is “the promotion of education of court officials in their ability to professionally, ethically and efficiently execute operations of the courts.”

At its fall conferences, GCCA honors both exemplary individuals and innovative court projects as a means to highlight the best work and achievement in our courts. 

New this year was the Award of Merit.  This award is designed to recognize a member whose “work reflects a dedication to the ideals embodied in GCCA and its purpose.”  Catoosa County Juvenile Court Administrator Tammy Hardin received this year’s award for her nearly twenty years of service to Catoosa County and the Lookout Mountain Judicial Circuit.  Ms. Hardin joined GCCA in 1998 and earned several certificates in judicial administration from GCCA and Michigan State University.  She is currently completing her Certified Court Manager Certificate with the Institute for Court Management and the National Center for State Courts.  Judge McCracken Poston wrote in his nomination that Ms. Hardin “handles the daily responsibilities of court administration with integrity and fairness.”  For all these and her other efforts to serve the citizens of Catoosa County, GCCA presented Tammy Hardin with the 2018 Award of Merit.

Georgia Council of Court Administrators 2GCCA’s program of the year award was presented to the Court Process Reporting System (CPRS), nominated by Jerry Bruce of the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children.  CPRS provides daily information on the lives of children in foster care to juvenile court judges, attorneys and court-appointed special advocates.  The system is founded upon a data-sharing partnership between the Judicial Council’s Administrative Office of the Courts and the Division of Family and Children Services.  Not only does the system help children by providing up-to-date information to decisionmakers, it allows DFCS to claim millions in federal reimbursement dollars for state foster care costs.  The project team is still heavily involved in system improvement and training.

In addition to recognizing award recipients and past presidents, GCCA also elected its new officers.  Judge Charles E. Auslander III administered the oath of office to incoming President Tracy Johnson along with her fellow officers and board members.  Reinvigorated for 2018 by the fall conference program, GCCA members are looking forward to an exciting new year for GCCA and our courts.

People interested in GCCA should visit www.gccaonline.org for more information.

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