Commissioners and Clerks Meet in Idaho Falls for 2024 IACC Annual Conference

The Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks (IACC) gathered for their 2024 Annual Conference in Idaho Falls. The three-day event began on Tuesday, June 4th and kicked off with IACC President Denis Duman addressing the group and leading them through the Pledge of Allegiance and invocation. Bonneville County Commissioner Bryon Reed concluded introductions by welcoming the group to Bonneville County. The first day offered commissioners and clerks two workshops that afforded credits as part of IAC’s County Officials Institute (COI). “Crisis…

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Board of Canvassers Certify Idaho Primary Election Results

The Idaho Association of Commissioners and Clerks (IACC) met in Idaho Falls this week for their Annual Conference. During the event, Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane, Idaho State Controller Brandon Woolf, and Idaho State Treasurer Julie Ellsworth met with county clerks to canvass election results for the 2024 Idaho Primary Election. The purpose of the canvass is to officially account for every ballot cast to ensure that every vote is counted correctly. Idaho counties that participated in the post-election audit…

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IAC Partners with Previ to Offer Member Benefits on Mobile Plans

As part of IAC’s commitment to connecting trusted business partners with Idaho’s county elected officials and staff, we’re thrilled to announce a new partnership with Previ that will provide significant cost-saving benefits to IAC members and their families. Previ offers an exclusive membership with superior prices on cell phone service and plans, among other benefits. Partnering directly with T-Mobile and AT&T, Previ members and their families enjoy unlimited-everything mobile plans at lower costs. Those moving to a Previ membership plan save…

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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 of whom were grassroots candidates or represented emerging political movements, underlined the magnitude of the changes.  Senate Pro Tempore Chuck Winder, currently serving his 8th term,…

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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 run for reelection. For example, of the 34 newly elected county commissioners that will take office in 2025, only eight will be the result of knocking…

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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 of local government budgeting, and financial best practices.  The legislative overview focused on several significant changes affecting Planning and Zoning, including Area of Impact, City Annexation,…

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Idaho County Members Visit California for 2024 WIR Conference

By Steve Smith, Custer County Commissioner County elected officials and staff from Idaho ventured to Mariposa County, California, to participate in the National Association of Counties (NACo) 2024 Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference. The event, held May 7 – 10 at the Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite National Park, brought together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing Western counties and residents. Each year, counties within the fifteen Western states – Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho,…

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2024 IAC Salary & Benefits Survey Now Available

The 2024 IAC Salary and Benefits Survey is now available for electronic download. IAC surveyed all 44 counties and a total of 40 counties participated in this year’s survey. The electronic survey is available in an excel spreadsheet so that our members can use the data how they see fit. If you find any errors, please contact Chase Christensen, IAC’s research analyst, and he will get the corrections made. Thank you for your participation in this year’s survey. We had a…

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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 of the H. Sydney Duncombe Award—IAC’s highest honor for excellence in county government.  Chief Deputy Secretary of State Nicole Fitzgerald gave a presentation on upcoming election…

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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 Administration (MPA) program, suggested I reach out to Dan about a potential opening with IAC. I took her advice, and soon after I was brought in…

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IAC’s Board Members Meet in Moscow for Planning & Development

By Oneida County Assessor Kathleen Atkinson The IAC Board of Directors met in Moscow, Idaho, for their Spring Board Planning and Development Meeting on April 25, 2024. Attendees were welcomed by Vic Pearson, IAC’s president, who provided an overview of the agenda. Roll Call was then taken by Mark Bair, IAC’s 2nd vice president.  Board members discussed the possibility of partnering with two new businesses, Previ and BuyBoard, whose services may benefit counties and save time and money in the long…

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IAC Publishes 2024 Legislative Review

  The 2024 Idaho Legislative Session concluded with a flurry of activity, leaving a mark as one of the most notable sessions in recent history. The Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) Legislative Committee, under the steadfast leadership of Chair Twin Falls County Commissioner Don Hall and Vice-Chair Ada County Commissioner Tom Dayley, convened 12 times, diligently tracking over 100 bills and taking stances on 29, showcasing a robust commitment to county interests. Notably, 14 out of 20 bills actively supported by…

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2024 Primary County Candidates for the Idaho Primary Election

Curious to see how county races are looking for the Idaho Primary Election coming up on Tuesday, May 21st? IAC has compiled a list of all 44 counties and the candidates for the open county positions. View the 2024 Primary Candidates here. Party Primary Elections to select party candidates for federal, state, and county offices are held in even-numbered years on the third Tuesday in May. Those candidates who receive the most votes during the primary election go on to run…

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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 comply with IAC’s bylaws, the legislative resolution template should be used by members interested in proposing a change to Idaho Code. This is the traditional template…

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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 Your Jail: How to be Open, Effective, and Transparent in Your Communications was given by Laura Cole, President of Cole Pro Media and Avery Essick, Transparency…

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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 the state. Presenters included Sara Westbrook, IAC Director of Government Affairs; Kelli Brassfield, IAC Policy Advisor; Shelly Tilton, Gem County Clerk; Sherry Maupin, Valley County Commissioner;…

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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 manufacturer with over 60 years in the potato industry, served as a great host. Spudnik was founded by two brothers, Carl and Leo Hobbs, who determined…

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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 number of bills that IAC worked on during this session.  Following the legislative update, representatives from county offices provided reports to the group which were highlighted…

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IAC District 3 Meeting Recap – April 2024

The IAC District 3 meeting was held in Adams County on April 10th, 2024. The meeting offered a place for District 3 affiliates to discuss county issues and solutions. Payette County Sheriff Andy Creech called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and roll call. Sara Westbrook, IAC’s Director of Government Affairs, presented legislative updates and changes from the 2024 legislative session. Following the legislative updates, the members in attendance enjoyed a roundtable lunch where they sat with their…

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From the Executive Director – Week of April 8, 2024

The Idaho Legislature recessed for five legislative days on Thursday, April 4th after passing a key appropriation bill for the Idaho Department of Transportation. The Legislature will return to Boise on Wednesday, April 10th to wrap up its work for the year and adjourn sine die. Passage of House Bill 770 ensures that counties and other local highway jurisdictions continue to receive over $121 million in state funding for road and bridge maintenance as well as an additional $200 million in…

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