Spencer County commissioner elected VP of Indiana Association of County Commissioners

Spencer County Commissioner Heather Gries was elected Vice President of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) South West District during their recent annual conference. 

Knox County Commissioner Kellie Streeter stated that “Gries will be a great spokesperson for their district and is very dedicated to improving local government.” 

As District Vice President, Gries will represent the elected county commissioners in the South West district of the state, which includes the following counties: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Greene, Knox, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Perry, Pike, Posey, Spencer, Sullivan, Vanderburgh, and Warrick. The IACC is represented by six districts in the state. Gries will serve on the IACC’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the Association.

Daviess County Commissioner Nathan Gabhart was elected District President during the meeting as well. The district meeting also included discussion on current issues pertaining to county government in the South West District.

The elections were held during the IACC’s 2021 Annual Conference, the largest gathering of County Commissioners in the state. The three-day conference included several different workshops, and breakout sessions that were designed specifically for county commissioners and their support staff.

Commissioner Gries and others attended several training workshops concerning county related topics focusing on, American Rescue Plan Act Funding, 2022 Legislative Priorities, “How to tell your Story,” Open Door Laws, Mental Health and Addiction Strategies, Cyber Security, Road Funding, and more in their training sessions.

Indiana’s 52nd Lieutenant Governor, Suzanne Crouch was the Keynote speaker for the conference. She spoke on current issues related to local government, expanding broadband through Next Level Connections Broadband Grants, Improving Housing needs, revitalizing travel and tourism, supporting Hoosier farmers, and improving mental health and addiction programs to reduce jail overcrowding in many Indiana counties. Crouch has been a long-time partner of the IACC and is committed to improving the lives of all Hoosiers.

State Senator Rodric Bray, leader of the Indiana Senate as the President Pro Tempore and Representative Greg Steuerwald, Majority House Caucus Chair addressed attendees as well during their Legislative Update.