Harry Hayes, a member of The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government spoke to Journalism students Monday morning about the diverse structures of county and city government in the United States and the uniqueness of America’s freedom in Government.
The consolidation of Counties in the United States can often be decided by its citizens.
In Athens- Clarke County the county failed three times before getting consolidated. Ironically the fourth time the community citizens pushed for consolidation and they succeeded.
This is a unique quality that Americans have the luxury of enjoying that other countries may not.
“There are 3,067 counties in the United States and they all form a quilt of local government” Said Hayes.
Hayes encouraged students to think of our United States government as a quilt that needs its fellow state in order to thrive.
In the United States county governments are required to do similar services as the city governments.
For example, Canada has a national police system that provides protection for the entire country. The United States relies on local police and sheriff services in different jurisdictions. This is an example of the separation of city and county government throughout each state.
Mr. Hayes illustrated how the American way of life and system of government allows citizens to govern as well as be governed in a fair and lawful way.