Primary Election Results in Senate Leadership Shakeup

The Idaho Primary Election on Tuesday was marked by numerous legislative match-ups decided by narrow margins. This year, more Republican and Democratic incumbents faced challengers than in the past, resulting in a significant shift. Sixteen incumbents were unseated, including some who had won against past House and Senate members in prior elections. These challengers, many …

County Elected Official Turnover Remains High

In January, 34 newly elected county commissioners will take office. This follows newly elected 33 county commissioners being sworn into office in January 2023. In other words, in just over two years, counties have seen a 50% turnover rate in county commissioners. Most of the turnover is due to sitting county commissioners choosing not to …

2024 IAC Spring County Officials Institute Recap

The 2024 Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Spring County Officials Institute (COI) concluded after four training sessions around the state. IAC policy staff traveled to Burley, Idaho Falls, Coeur d’Alene, and Boise in the month of May. These trainings offered county officials and staff an overview of the 2024 Legislative Session, the nuts and bolts …

IAC District 4 Meeting Recap – May 2024

The IAC District 4 meeting was held in Camas County on May 9th, 2024. Minidoka County Commissioner Wayne Schenk started the meeting off with roll call and the pledge of allegiance. Following the introduction, Minidoka County Treasurer LaVonna Dayley was sworn in as IAC District 4’s secretary/treasurer. Meeting attendees also discussed nominations for the recipient …

Leader, Advocate, Friend – Dan Chadwick’s Legacy in County Government

With the recent passing of Dan Chadwick, the IAC family lost one of its fiercest advocates for county government. I first met Dan not long after graduating from Boise State University (BSU), while he was serving as the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) executive director. Dr. Stephanie Witt, a professor in BSU’s Master of Public …

IAC Releases 2025 Templates for Proposed Legislative and Policy Resolutions

While the 2024 Idaho Legislative Session may have just wrapped, it is time to consider policy changes needed in 2025. This year, the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) is providing two separate templates for proposed resolutions: the 2025 Proposed Legislative Resolution template and the new 2025 Proposed Policy Resolution template.  Why Have Two Templates? To …

ISA & IJAA Spring Conference Recap 2024

The Idaho Sheriffs’ Association (ISA) and the Idaho Jail Administrators Association (IJAA) met for their 2024 Spring Conference from April 15 – 17 at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. This conference brought together Idaho’s sheriffs, deputies, and jail administrators from counties across Idaho for roundtable discussions, business meetings, and job-specific training. The keynote presentation: A Crisis in …

IAC District Meetings Roundup – April 2024

Throughout the month of April, IAC Districts 3, 1, and 5, met in their respective regions to share resources, gain valuable insights to county issues and solutions, and hear legislative updates. IAC District 3 met in Adams County on April 10th to discuss matters both specific to their region and those impacting the counties across …

IAC District 5 Tours International Machinery Manufacturing Facility During Meeting

County officials and legislators from across Southeastern Idaho gathered in Bingham County on Thursday, April 18, to discuss the 2024 legislative session and how to lead with emotional intelligence. Bingham County Commissioner Eric Jackson arranged for the group to meet at Spudnik Equipment in Blackfoot, Idaho, for a private tour. Spudnik, a local agricultural equipment …

IAC District 1 Meeting Recap – April 2024

By: Benjamin Allen, Shoshone County Prosecuting Attorney, IAC District 1 Chairman The IAC District 1 meeting was held April 12th in Coeur d’Alene, with elected officials from all five northern counties participating. The legislative committee chair, Luke Omodt, commended IAC for its proactiveness during the legislative session, and IAC Executive Director Seth Grigg recapped a …