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The Association of Government Contact Center Professionals (AGCCP) was formally established in 2003 by a small group of local government contact center managers who had previously met on several occasions to discuss personnel, training and technology issues. Founded on the belief that collaborative relationships would benefit the entire government contact center industry, AGCCP has grown rapidly in the years since its creation. Today, the organization encompasses more than 40 member cities and counties in the U.S. and Canada!

Here’s how we came to be…  


In 2000, Marianne Blodgett and Cookie Hall of LexCall — the Lexington, Kentucky-Fayette Urban County Government’s Customer Service Center — were searching for information on industry training, customer service trends and techniques. To their disappointment, the pair (respectively, the Director and Administrative Manager of LexCall) soon discovered that existing Contact Center organizations were focused on private sector companies. The organizations were in business to make a profit, their offerings were far too expensive for government budgets, and — worst of all – their training and materials weren’t really applicable to the issues faced by public sector Contact Centers. 

In frustration, Blodgett and Hall decided to start an association specifically to benefit government Contact Centers! They invited leaders from other local government centers to come to Lexington for a round-table to discuss the challenges they faced and share solutions and experience.

Thirteen communities responded enthusiastically and their Call Center Representatives converged on Lexington in 2001. The meeting was a huge success, but it was clear to all participants that they still had much to learn from one another, and they agreed to meet again the following year.



By 2003, the annual gathering had become a tradition. The group met in Charlotte, North Carolina that year and decided to formally establish the Association of Government Contact Center Employees. By-laws were approved, officers were elected, and the association was born!

In the years that followed, members have continued to expand their networking, education, and mutual problem-solving activities through webinars, chat boards and personal relationships. But the annual conference remains a highlight of the year and a wonderful opportunity to share knowledge, develop beneficial connections, and learn about the latest in technology and best practices.

In 2012, the association changed its name to the Association of Government Contact Center Professionals to better reflect its commitment to the highest standards of professional achievement. Today, AGCCP has more than 40 member municipalities in locations as far-flung as Jacksonville, Florida and Vancouver, British Columbia. And our members are still committed to providing exceptional customer service and quality assistance to citizens and sharing best practices and providing mutual support and education with one another.

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Demitra "Dee" Crayton was employed with the City of Charlotte since 1976. Dee began serving the City of Charlotte as a part time employee and eventually became a full time employee. She worked in the Print Shop before she transitioned to the Customer Service & Information Center (CS&IC). Dee began working for CS&IC as a Customer Service Representative and worked her way up to Manager. When CharMeck 311 opened in July 2005, Dee began as the Operations Manager and continues to fill that role currently. All of Dee’s full time positions have been under the division of the City Manager’s Office until July 2017 when the center merged with Housing & Neighborhood Services. As Operations Manager at CharMeck 311, Dee lead a team of 70 Customers Service Representatives, 7 Supervisors and an Assistant Operations Manager, and was responsible for the daily operation of the Center. In 2017, the Center served over 1.6 million customers by phone, walkups and the IVR. Dee also served on various committees with partnering departments and was frequently involved in collaborating with partnering departments when CharMeck 311 was asked to take on new calls/services. CharMeck 311 has been a model for many call centers throughout the country, and over the years Dee has been invited to several cities to assist with projects involving their call centers. Dee was invited to Louisville, Kentucky to serve on a team that included both public and private employees to determine if the Louisville call center needed a new phone system and additional employees. Dee was also very instrumental in helping the City of Durham, NC get their call center up and running. Dee was involved with AGCCP since the beginning and served as the Board Chairman since 2005 when the AGCCP was officially organized and the by-laws created. Dee was the facilitator when the annual conference was held in Charlotte both in 2003 and 2014. Dee also served in or is a member of the following associations: 

   ◦ Past President and Secretary of Post 262 American Legion Auxiliary

   ◦ Member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary

   ◦ AGCCP Board Chairman 2005 – April 2021

   ◦ Member of AWWA – American Water Works Association

Dee was married with three children, 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. We celebrate the life and contributions of Demitra (Dee) Crayton, April 8, 1944 - April 23, 2021.