Joiner is the recipient of the ACCA's 2009 Award for Outstanding Contribution to County Government. He received the award for the time, talent and energy he has contributed during his tenure in Calhoun County, according to the organization.
"Ken's almost four-decade tenure with the Calhoun County Commission shows his deep dedication and loyalty to the citizens of Calhoun County …," ACCA Executive Director Sonny Brasfield said in a press release. "His knowledge of county government and his understanding of its changing needs have served all our members extremely well over the years, and Ken is more than deserving of this honor."
Henderson, who has worked with Joiner for 15 years, said professionalism and friendliness are what make Joiner so good at doing his job.
"The thing about Ken is he's got a ton of common sense, and his biggest strong suit is that he knows how to get along with people so well," Henderson said. "He's real firm when has to be, but he's also a people person."
He also said Joiner's commitment to Calhoun County shines through for those who work with him to see.
"I've seen him get to the point where he's talking about how much he loves this county, and trying to make a point to us through particular issues we've encountered, and he would start to cry and tell us what was best for us to do," Henderson said. "It's not often you'll see a grown man who loves his county so much that he'll cry for it.
"That's a guy that really, really loves (Calhoun County)."
Attempts to reach Joiner for comment Monday were unsuccessful.
Joiner's award comes on the heels of an ACCA award recognizing the entire commission for excellence in county governance just last week.
The ACCA provides educational opportunities for county commissioners statewide and lobbies the state Legislature for laws that are favorable for county governments.