A strong and effective organization is dependent upon the involvement of many dedicated individuals. IAC (including all of its component associations) strives to be a strong and effective organization, supporting the important role of county government, from which its members can draw knowledge, gain experience, and share problems. Such a goal cannot be achieved without members that are willing to give of themselves for the betterment of the organization.

In order to promote continuing involvement within our associations and in recognition of elected officials that have made significant contributions to the improvement of the Idaho Association of Counties through their dedicated services, this award was initiated.

This award is named in honor of two distinguished county elected officials: the late Darwin Mills, Lincoln County Sheriff, and the late Betty Adler, Payette County Treasurer. Both Darwin and Betty exemplified the qualities all county elected officials attempt to strive for.