The Georgia Trust



In 2015, for the first time, we presented the Senator George Hooks Award recognizing excellence in public leadership in the state of Georgia. This award is given at the discretion of the Board of Trustees and is named in honor of Senator George Hooks, a strong supporter of the preservation of Georgia's history and culture, who served in the Georgia General Assembly for 32 years.

For nearly 30 years, Ross King has worked for the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, which is the consensus-building, training, and legislative organization for all county governments in the state. Ross served as both Policy Director and Deputy Director of ACCG before being appointed Executive Director in 2010. In addition to his professional role with ACCG, Ross also serves as a member of the Georgia Humanities Council, the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, the Georgia Cities Foundation, the Georgia Historical Records Advisory Council, and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce Board.

Ross has been a tireless advocate for public service, and county governments. He has also fostered a deep appreciation for the rich history in each of Georgia's 159 counties – and in particular, the historic courthouses that remain the center of county governments throughout the state.

In celebration of the association's 100th anniversary, ACCG, under the guidance and authorship of Ross King, published Courthouses of Georgia. This excellent book documents the essential role of courthouses in local government, as well as their place in Georgia history. As Ross said himself, "My hope is that [this book] might inspire us all to take a second look at the public buildings we so rarely consider, and to think about where is the heart of my community? What does it mean to be a public space, a community anchor? Most important, what can we do to maintain and preserve the historic significance of these community anchors?"



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