Throughout April, Gila County will celebrate National County Government Month (NCGM) to showcase how the county achieves healthy, safe and vibrant communities.
The theme for this year’s NCGM is “Counties Matter,” demonstrating how counties help improve people’s lives every day, especially for local government workers on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. They have demonstrated bold, inspirational leadership and saved countless lives during these extraordinary times.
“Gila County is proud of the programs and services we provide to our residents,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Tim Humphrey. “Our efforts combined with efforts of counties across the country are helping American communities respond to public health needs.
“Most recently, Gila County is gaining national attention for being the first county in Arizona and one of the first counties in the U.S. to vaccinate the general population. Now more than ever, our residents are seeing firsthand the essential functions counties perform.”
New to this year’s NCGM celebration is the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) “I Love My County Because” art contest. This is an opportunity for children and young adults ages 18 and under to create artwork for NACo’s 2021-2022 “Counties Matter” calendar. For a full list of eligibility criteria, rules and submission guidelines, you can pick up an entry packet at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe, 1400 E. Ash St., the Gila County Complex in Payson, 610 E. Hwy. 260 or online at: www.naco.org/art.
Gila County is offering kids an additional chance at prizes and public display by inviting local students to enter Gila County’s own “I Love Gila County Because” art contest. As you know, Gila County recently earned a spotlight in nationwide news when it was reported that our public health team and community partners were the first of all counties in Arizona and one of the first in the nation to open Covid-19 vaccinations to all ages and categories of residents within our county, as well as to nonresidents who travel here for work.
All artwork will be displayed at the Gila County Courthouse in Globe during the month of April and on the county’s website. For a full list of eligibility and submission guidelines, you can pick up an entry packet at the Gila County Courthouse, the Gila County Complex in Payson or online at: www.gilacountyaz.gov.
Since 1991, NACo has encouraged counties across the country to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of counties.