Idaho Association of Counties Announces Retirement of Longtime Executive Director

15 Aug 2017, by admin Share :

Boise, ID – Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) announced today that Daniel Chadwick will retire as executive director on February 2, 2018.  Chadwick has served as IAC’s Executive Director for over 27 years.

“Throughout all of these years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities and challenges afforded me by IAC. But now it is time for someone else to enjoy those opportunities and challenges,” Chadwick said. “I will truly miss the intricate problems we as counties get to solve on behalf of our citizens.”

During his time as executive director, Chadwick was integral in advocating for counties on critical issues of importance. He worked with IAC to implement the current Idaho indigent program; created the justice fund and levy; restructured the juvenile corrections system; oversaw substantial public defense reform; protected counties from significant revenue losses to the personal property tax system; implemented election consolidation; promoted the formation and operation of LHTAC; and defeated term limits on local officials.

“For decades, Dan and Tony (Poinelli who retired as IAC’s Deputy Director in 2015) have been the faces of IAC and the voices of Idaho’s Counties.  Dan’s retirement brings us to the end of an era that cannot be equaled. His contributions have been immeasurable. IAC has been very blessed with Dan’s service and dedication and we are fortunate to have such a strong foundation to build our future and the future of Idaho’s Counties,” said Bill Thompson, IAC President.

Over the years, Chadwick has served as President of the National Council of County Association Executives (NCCAE), a member of the National Association of Counties (NACo) Board of Directors, Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) Council member, Idaho Criminal Justice Commission (ICJC) member, the Governor’s Task Force on Medicaid Redesign and many other local, state, and legislative committees and workgroups.

In 2015, Chadwick was recognized as one of the top 100 influential Idahoans.

In addition to Executive Director, Chadwick has served as General Counsel for IAC. In 2012, as a member of the United States Supreme Court Bar, Chadwick was able to successfully represent Idaho and IAC on a public lands case of common concern with other state associations.

“IAC has a very complete and thorough transition plan and I will do everything in my power to ensure a smooth transition,” Chadwick said. “I will miss working with the wonderful partners we have at the local, state, and national levels, but most of all, I will miss the life-long friends I have made across Idaho and this nation.”

IAC, formed in 1976, is a nonprofit, nonpartisan service organization dedicated to the improvement of county government. It was designed and incorporated by county elected officials to provide services, research, uniformity, and coordination among member counties, in order for the county elected officials to serve their constituents better.

The IAC Executive Committee has appointed a Transition and Search Committee to select a new Executive Director.  The Committee can be reached via IAC Director of Operations Kristin Cundiff ( or 208.345.9126) or IAC President Bill Thompson ( or 208.883.2246).  The Executive Committee hopes to hire a new director before the end of the year.