ACCG award

Charlton County Commissioner Alphya Benefield is pictured with Darius Culverson.

The Association County Commissioners of Georgia, also known as ACCG or Georgia’s County Association, recently awarded Charlton County Vice-Chair Alphya Benefield with the 2019 Leadership Development Advocate of the Year Award. Each year, ACCG uses its Awards and Recognition Program to honor individuals that work to further the mission of county government, ACCG, or both. Benefield accepted the award during the 2019 ACCG Annual Conference at the Savannah Convention Center. Benefield is one of two commissioners to receive the award.

“The mark of a true leader is their continuous journey to seeking knowledge,” said Executive Director Dave Wills. “Commissioner Benefield embodies the spirit of leadership through her achievements in the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy.”

Having completed 47 specialty track classes in the ACCG Lifelong Learning Academy commissioner’s education program, Commissioner Alphya Benefield is a primary example of being dedicated to furthering education. Benefield was first elected into office as Charlton County Commissioner in 2010. After becoming a certified commissioner in 2012 she served on the ACCG Training Assessment Committee before being invited to be a member of the first Lifelong Learning Committee in 2013. Over the last nine years, Benefield has been dedicated to learning as much as she can so that she can be an effective leader in her community. 

When asked about her achievement, Mrs. Benefield quoted Acts 8:30-31, “I desire to be an efficient leader, therefore, I must be proficient, but how can I know what’s correct unless one teaches and guides me? Thanks ACCG and the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.”

ACCG is Georgia’s county association and works on behalf of county officials and their communities by providing public policy and legislative advocacy, leadership development, civic and community engagement initiatives, insurance and retirement programs that specialize in local government needs and other cost-saving programs. Formed in 1914 when county officials came together to help fund the state’s first highway department, ACCG today serves as a catalyst for advancing Georgia’s counties. For more information, go to