Hendricks County Commissioner Phyllis Palmer was elected as president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) West Central District during the annual conference earlier this month. Her peers have selected her to represent them for a third term.
“Palmer is a great spokesperson for their district and is dedicated to improving local government,” Morgan County Commissioner Don Adams said in a press release.
As district president, Palmer will represent the elected county commissioners in the West Central district of the state, which includes Boone, Clay, Clinton, Fountain, Hendricks, Montgomery, Morgan, Owen, Parke, Putnam, Tippecanoe, Vermillion, Vigo, and Warren counties. The IACC is represented by six districts in the state. She will serve on the IACC’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the Association.
Hendricks County Commissioner Eric Wathen was elected district vice president during the meeting as well. The district meeting also included discussion on current issues pertaining to county government in the West Central District.
The elections were held during the IACC’s 2011 annual conference, the largest gathering of county commissioners in the state. The four-day conference included 15 workshops, and breakout sessions that were designed specifically for county commissioners and support staff.
County commissioners also had informal opportunities to discuss issues with their colleagues from other areas of the state. Officials met at the Sheraton Hotel, Keystone at the Crossing, in Marion County to discuss and offer solutions for issues facing local governments.
Representatives from public agencies, private entities, universities, and local elected officials addressed such issues as working together for a better government, 2012 IACC legislative issues, economic development, health care solutions, and how Indiana will advance its transportation infrastructure.
The Indiana Association of County Commissioners is a non-profit organization established to provide education, leadership support, and advocacy services for county commissioners to strengthen their influence throughout the state.
The objectives of the organization are to promote cooperation of the county unit with all other units of local government (cities, towns, township, etc.) and with state and federal agencies; and to promote improvement and efficiency in the delivery of county government services. The various functions of the IACC include lobbying the Indiana General Assembly on behalf of county commissioners; serving as a liaison among counties, state, and federal agencies; and providing technical assistance and training to county commissioners and support staff.