On Tuesday, July 28th, the Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks met together virtually for their 2020 business meeting. Members of the association representing almost half the counties were present. Kristin Cundiff, Sara Westbrook, Kelli Brassfield, and Mindy Linn from IAC were also in attendance. IACC President Lon Colton presided over the meeting.
The IAC staff gave the group an update on the possibility of a special session being called by Governor Little. The House and Senate Joint State Affairs Committee recommended that the governor call a special session to address liability concerns for school districts, businesses, and local government entities. They also gave an update on the Joint Judiciary and Rules Committee who were meeting concurrently. They also voted to ask the governor to call a special session due to liability.
Bingham County Commissioner Jessica Lewis led the nominating committee. Commissioner Lewis nominated Owyhee County Clerk Angie Barkell as the new Secretary/Treasurer of the IACC. Madison County Commissioner Brent Mendenhall was nominated to represent IACC on the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Board of Directors. Nominations were then opened up for nominations on the floor. After a period of time, Idaho County Clerk Kathy Ackerman moved to close the nominations. Bear Lake County Commissioner Rex Payne seconded. The two nominations were agreed on by the electorate.
Angie Barkell was sworn in as the new Secretary/Treasurer. She expressed appreciation for the opportunity and encouraged members of the association to reach out to her with any ideas regarding IACC.
Gem County Commissioner Mark Rekow was sworn in as the new President of the IACC. He expressed gratitude and enthusiasm for the upcoming year.
Commissioner Mendenhall will begin his term as a member of the IAC Board of Directors on October 1.
President Colton then opened the meeting for general discussion. The group talked about some of the difficulties they have experience over the past four months due to COVID-19. Colton then encouraged the group to reflect on some of the positives that may have occurred over the same period of time. He then expressed his appreciation for the networking and friendships that he has made because of the opportunities that he has had to serve as an officer and as President of the IACC. Members present shared their gratitude to Lon Colton for the many hours that he has put into aiding IACC.