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    The Georgia Association of Code Enforcement (GACE) is a Professional Organization dedicated to establishing responsible Code Enforcement throughout local Governments in Georgia and professional development of its members. The GACE Code Enforcement Officer Certificate Program is sponsored by GACE in cooperation with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, Georgia Municipal Association.                                  

    The CEOCP is administered by the University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government. The program is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those persons responsible for enforcement of City, County and State Codes in Georgia.

     


  • Purpose of the Organization. The purpose of GACE shall be to study and advance the science and practice of Code enforcement, to further the interests of the profession, and to promote professionalism, fellowship, education, and communication among its members.


  • ABOUT G.A.C.E.

    Established in 1998, the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement (G.A.C.E.) has been dedicated to providing professional training to the growing population of Code Enforcement Officers throughout Georgia.

    The purpose of GACE shall be to study and advance the science and practice of Code Enforcement, to further the interests of the professions, and to promote professionalism, fellowship, education and communication among its members.
     
    GACE Certificate Training Program is facilitated through the UGA Carl Vinson Institute of Government  and supported by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA).  The first training conference held by GACE was in the fall of 1998 at the University of Georgia (UGA) Center for Continuing Education located in Athens, Georgia.  Now, two conferences are offered annually, one in the Spring in Savannah and another in the Fall in Young Harris, to provide an opportunity for officers all over the state to network and receive practical and relevant instruction to assist them in their daily duties.  In 2008, GACE revised its training curriculum adding a Level II (Masters) Certificate to its Level I Certificate and just recently a Level III Certificate in 2015.
     
    The membership count for GACE has grown exponentially from only 50 members in 1998 to over 300 members in 2016, all due to the dedication of GACE members and volunteers as well as local jurisdictional support for the code enforcement field.
     
    GACE has several committees on which to serve that include lobbying for state legislation to protect code enforcement officers, selecting training curriculum, supporting and recruiting members and supporting public education.   GACE also provides educational scholarships for its member’s children in their pursuit of higher education
     

  • G.A.C.E.
    Board of Directors
    Contact List

     

    NAME EMAIL
    Keith Colquitt
    President
    404-369-6817
    keith.colquitt(at)gwinnettcounty.com
    Russell Moody
    1st Vice President
    229-616-7417
    colquittcode(at)yahoo.com
    Russell Gay
    2nd Vice President
    229-386-7991
    russell.gay(at)tiftcounty.org
    Philomena Robertson
    3rd Vice President
    470-395-7026
    Probertson4GACE(at)yahoo.com
    Wayne Dubose
    Sgt-at-arms
    770-638-2229
    wdubose(at)cityoflilburn.com
    Kayla Wilson
    Secretary
    770-856-7944
    courtclerk(at)cityofocillaga.net
    Alayne Hightower
    Treasurer
    404-416-3902
    AHightower(at)ClarkPatterson.com
    Angie Tkacsik
    Ex-officio
    770-361-7259
    atkacsik1122(at)gmail.com

     

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  • G.A.C.E. Training
     
    The goals of the Certificate of the Georgia Association of Code Enforcement are to:
    1. Encourage professionalism in public code enforcement administration throughout Georgia.
    2. Increase knowledge of the major aspects of code enforcement administration.
    3. Develop skills necessary for the enforcement of environmental, housing, and land use codes.
    4. The GACE Certificate Program offers three levels of training. Six core courses and a selection of electives totaling nine hours form the basic framework of Level I. Level II includes an additional five core courses and an additional 24 hours of electives.
     
    REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATE PROGRAM:
    The GACE Certificate Program offers three levels of training. To receive a Level I certificate, participants must complete 45 hours of course work (36 hours of required courses and nine hours of electives) and pass a written exam after each required course with a grade of 70 or better. Requirements for the Level II certificate consist of an additional 45 hours of coursework (30 hours of required courses and 15 hours of electives) with the same requirement of successfully passing a written exam for each required course with a grade of 70 or better. The Level III certificate program requires the completion of 75 hours in a separate curriculum consisting of technical and leadership courses. Upon successful completion of all coursework, participants must write a reflection paper on selected courses taken.
     All of the classes are taught on a rotating schedule. Based on your choice of class selections, you can earn up to 18 hours of credit toward your certificate level at the annual conference and an additional six or twelve hours by attending the workshop training.
      
    ELIGIBILITY:
     To be eligible to participate in the certificate program, an individual must:
    • Be a G.A.C.E. Member throughout the entire program
    • Be willing to uphold the by-laws of the organization
    • Be an honest member and ethical person
     
     REQUIRED CURRICULUM:
    •  Communication (6 hours)
    •  Cultural Differences in Code Enforcement (6 hours)
    •  Enforcement Techniques and Investigative Process and Court Procedures (6 hours)
    •  Environmental Protection and Environmental Nuisance Abatement (6 hours)
    •  Handling Special and Hazardous Materials (6 hours)
    •  Housing and the ICC Property Maintenance Code (6 hours)
    •  Legal Aspects of Code Enforcement (9 hours)
    •  Planning Concepts and Dealing with Citizen Boards (3 hours)
    •  Preparing Your Case for Court (6 hours)
    •  Public Service Ethics (6 hours)
    •  Safety Tactics and In-Field Safety for Code Officers (6 hours)
    •  Signage and Right-of-Way Encroachments (3 hours) 
      
    ELECTIVE COURSES:
    • Administering Flood Plain Regulations and Stream Buffer Rules
    • Airborne Viruses, Mold and Bacteria
    • Basic Supervisory Skills
    • Business Writing
    • Change Management
    • Code Enforcement and Mobile Homes
    • Codes and Fire Suppression
    • Conflict and Anger Management
    • Customer Service
    • Developing and Administering the Code Enforcement Budget
    • Disaster Recovery and Debris Removal
    • Drugs, Chemicals, and Other Contraband
    • Financially Troubled and Abandoned Properties
    • Homeland Security in Code Enforcement
    • Making Public Presentations
    • New Technologies in Code Enforcement
    • Politics in Code Enforcement
    • Principles of Leadership for the Code Enforcement Officer
    • Stormwater Management and Control
    • Time and Stress Management
    • Zoning Code Enforcement
     
    LEVEL III COURSES:
    • Technical Rotation — Course Descriptions:
    • Budgeting
    • Business Writing II
    • ICC Legal Management
    • ICC Property Maintenance
    • ICC Zoning
    • Ordinances
    • Soil Erosion and Sedimentation
    • Leadership Rotation — Course Descriptions
    • Coaching and Positive Discipline 
    • Conflict Management and Resolution 
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Effective Communication
    • Ethical Use of Power
    • Leading Teams and Group Dynamics
    • Managing Performance 
    • Motivation and Delegation
    • Navigating Change
    • Negotiation and Mediation
    • Powerful Presentations
    • Public Sector Leadership
    • Role of the Manager
    • Strategic Planning
     
    Continuing Education:
    Every three years, those who have attained Level I or Level II certification must complete 36 hours of continuing education. This requirement can be fulfilled by taking electives not previously taken or by taking courses in the Level III curriculum.

    Attendees may be able to receive POST credit for some of the courses offered at the conferences. Please contact POST in order to determine the process for requesting credit from the Peace Officers Training Council for classes taken through GACE.

     A special Annual Update class is being added to the course offerings at the annual conference. This class is designed to satisfy the continuing education requirements for individuals who have completed Level I and II. The topic(s) for the Annual Update will differ at each annual conference.
     



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