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Executive Orders and State Agency Directives of Great Interest to County Commissioners 

Governor’s Executive Order 20-09Click here to read Governor’s Executive Order 20-09

Relating to Continuity of Operations of Government.  This includes information on Open Door Law, Public Record, Public Access Counselor, Depository Rule, and Emergency Purchases

Governor’s Executive Order 20-08– Click here to read Executive Order 20-08

For the purposes of this Executive Order, the phrase “Essential Businesses and Operations” means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, as well as the following:

Executive Order 20-08 guidance

This includes the Directive for Hoosiers to Stay at Home

Governor's Executive Order 20-07 - Click here to read Executive Order 20-07

This EO Addresses Rescheduling the Primary Election. Please click here to read the press release on Governor Holcomb's Executive Order on Rescheduling the primary election due to public health emergency.

Governor's Executive Order 20-05Click here to read Executive Order 20-05

Property taxes remain due on May 11, 2020, however counties are to waive   penalties on payments made after May 11, 2020, for a period of 60 days. This waiver does not apply to tax payments which have been escrowed by financial institutions on behalf of property taxpayers. Click here to read letter from DLGF

DLGF Supplemental Memo on Executive Order #20-005 – Cash Flow Solutions -March 30, 2020

This memorandum supplements the Department of Local Government Finance’s (“Department”) memorandum issued on March 20, 2020, on the waiver of penalties for delinquent property tax payments. As discussed in that memorandum, Executive Order #20-005 waives penalties on property taxes paid during the sixty (60) day period after May 11, 2020. Hence, taxpayers are given a sixty (60) day reprieve from paying property taxes without penalty, which may result in cash flow issues for local units. The memorandum also briefly mentioned some options units can explore to address those issues.

The Department provides this memorandum to describe the options for local units to evaluate and determine if there are any cash flow problems from tax payments that do not come until after the June settlement. The local unit is advised to consult with a financial advisor or local counsel as to the viability of pursuing any of these options

Governor's Executive Order 20-04Click here to read Executive Order 20-04

This EO Addresses public meetings and open-door laws- click here to read the press release on Governor Holcomb's Executive Order relaxing some administrative laws and temporarily suspending enforcement of some statutes.


Trusted Federal Resources and Information from the White House

This is a summary of the White House COVID-19 briefing call with Vice President Mike Pence and Senior Administration Officials on Wednesday, March 18     with Local Officials across the US. Additionally, it lists Trusted Federal Resources for important information.  Please be sure that when you are using information to make decisions that it is with trusted sources.

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) - Amplification and Social Media Toolkit
Please click here to see the social media toolkit. It is critical that we get as much information out to Hoosiers about the coronavirus, so please consider sharing via your social media and messaging channels if you are able.
Please tag the Governor and the Indiana State Department of Health in your posts. Their accounts are listed in the tool kit.

CISA List 

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”), issued a Memorandum on Identification of Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers During COVID-19 Response. The definition of Essential Businesses and Operations in this Executive Order includes all of the workers identified in that Memorandum, which may be found or accessed by clicking here 


 IACC Board of Directors Statehouse Day

IACC Board of Directors participated in a “Statehouse Day.” They began the day at the statehouse by meeting with Rep. David Abbott (former Noble County Commissioner) where the board members had a chance to discuss bills of interest to the IACC.
The day was packed with a lot of activity including attending the House Local Government committee hearing and the floor sessions in both the House and Senate where they were reach out to their respective legislators about bills of interest.
The group had a meeting with the Secretary of State, Connie Lawson, and her Chief of Staff, Brandon Clifton, where they discussed cybersecurity issues. They discussed SB179 that proposes to require counties to use the states program designed to protect against and block attacks generated by phishing emails and other lateral threats. The State received a federal grant to cover the cost for a couple of years. The IACC would like it to be an option to select the states program if they already have an approved provider.
Members also met with Rep. Holli Sullivan, Chairwomen of House Transportation, about general road funding issues. Finally, the team met with the Honorable Lieutenant Governor, Suzanne Crouch. In this meeting with her we went into great lengths discussing HB1364 Jail Overcrowding and the concerns and possible solutions we had about the bill. It was a very productive day and we got a lot done as far as meeting with many relevant legislators and pushing our legislative agenda down the line.

Indiana Association of County Commissioners Achievement Awards Winners

2019 Outstanding Team Effort for a Board of Commissioners Montgomery County
Jim Fulwider, John Frey, and Dan Guard and former County Commissioner Phillip Bane

2019 Distinguished County Commissioner      
Steve Dillinger, Hamilton County Commissioner           

2019 County Engineer of the Year
Charles "Chip" Porter, St Joseph County Engineer


2019 Legislative Service Achievement Award         
Ryan Goodwin, Morgan County Commissioner                 

2019 County Highway Supervisor of the Year
Glen Bube, Harrison County Highway Supervisor

2019 Outstanding Supportive County Auditor of the Year
Lori Hallett, Putnam County Auditor