Sunday, December 8, 2019

Message from 2019 President Patty Ball

It has been a great honor and privilege to have served as your President this year!  It has been a year of change but change allows opportunities!! Every Association at times needs to review and evaluate their goals and the plans to achieve those goals. Our mission statement found in our bylaws gives us the foundation of WHO we are and WHAT we are to be about.

Section 1
The Indiana County Auditors’ Association hereinafter designated “Association” is formed to provide the highest standard of excellence in assisting and representing County Auditors of the State of Indiana. In order to implement its purpose, the Association’s programs shall include, among other things:
a.        Dissemination and exchange of information pertaining to the operation of the county auditor’s office.
b.        Fostering of cooperation among members, including meetings, seminars and other forums to promote EDUCATION, understanding and efficiency in matters relating to the county auditor’s office.
c.        To unite County Auditors of the State of Indiana to exert effectively a combined influence upon matters affecting the operation of the county auditor’s office and other matters which may affect the financial stability of the county.

My desire is for the Association to always strive to achieve this mission in everything we do!  As you continue to review the Bylaws and make revisions for good governing practices, remember the mission!

As President it has allowed me to get to know more of you more personally, and that has been a joy! We are so fortunate to have so many talented people who are so dedicated to doing a good job! It is a hard job as we all know, with many demands! I continue to be amazed at the vast knowledge and experience of so many of you!  So, to each one of you, my appreciation for serving your county and for serving our Association! I encourage you to stay involved as much as possible! Step up and share your knowledge and experience, it is vitally important and will make us ALL stronger Auditors!

I congratulate Julie Fox, Marshall County Auditor and your next ICAA President. I wish her the very best as she leads you, along with a great team of officers working with her: Vicki Urbanik, Porter County as President Elect, Jennifer Flater, Clay County as Vice President, Debbie Stevens, Warrick County as Treasurer and Christina Sriver, Fulton County as Secretary. 

May each of you have a Merry Christmas and may the NEW YEAR be full of blessings to all!

With much gratitude,

Patty Ball, Daviess County Auditor

ICAA Holds Year-End Affiliate Meeting 

The Indiana County Auditors' Association participated in the Indiana Association of County Commissioners' annual conference, held Dec. 3-5 in Indianapolis. In addition to attending various educational sessions, our Association held an affiliate meeting at which we conducted year-end business and officially transitioned to a slate of new officers for 2020.

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Some of the county auditors at the Indiana Association of County Commissioners conference.

During our business meeting, 2019 ICAA President Patty Ball announced a new initiative: The President's Award, given by the ICAA President in recognition of a county auditor who has made a significant contribution to the Auditors' Association. This year's recipient is Amy Tolbert, Vermillion County Auditor and the Association's West Central District chairperson. Congratulations, Amy!

Vermillion County Auditor Amy Tolbert (at left) received the  President's Award from 2019 ICAA President Patty Ball.

Another county auditor was recognized at our affiliate meeting: Putnam County Auditor Lorie Hallett, who received the "Outstanding Supportive Auditor of the Year" during the County Commissioners' conference. Congratulations, Lorie!

Putnam County Auditor Lorie Hallett with Commissioner Rick Woodall.
Our affiliate meeting included several year-end business items, including the transition to new officers for 2020 and the passing of the torch from Patty Ball as ICAA President to Julie Fox, Marshall County Auditor.

ICAA 2019 President-Elect Julie Fox (at right) receives a plaque honoring her as the 2020 ICAA President from 2020 Past-President Patty Ball.

Friday, October 4, 2019

County Auditors Attend AIC Conference

  More than 550 elected county officials and county staff members from through the state attended the 2019 Association of Indiana Counties' annual conference, held Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in French Lick in Orange County.

  Indiana County Auditors' Association President Patty Ball, Daviess County Auditor, was the recipient of this year's Outstanding County Auditor of the Year award for her leadership to the ICAA. Many other county auditors were recognized by the AIC for their continuing education efforts through the AIC's Institute for Excellence.

Patty Ball, ICAA President and Daviess County Auditor, is the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding County Auditor of the Year. Presenting the award was AIC President Stacey O'Day, Allen County Assessor.

   The ICAA's Affiliate meeting, held on Tuesday of conference, focused on the growing rise of  cybersecurity threats to county government, including the different ways that hackers access counties' sensitive data. Featured speaker was Tad Stahl, executive director of the Indiana Information Sharing and Analysis Center at the Indiana Office of Technology. To view his presentation, click here.
The French Lick Resort

  Another speaker at the auditors' affiliate meeting was John Mallers of the Indiana Child Support Bureau who gave updates on the Quarterly Incentive Balance (QIB) report and a new auditor health insurance form. The form, which will be used to report health insurance costs associated with counties' IV-D programs, will be due Dec. 31.

  The AIC conference included keynote speaker Bill Stainton, a multiple Emmy awarding winning producer, writer, and performer and an internationally recognized Beatles expert. Participants attended a full day of educational workshops on topics that included jail management, archiving and digitizing county records, rural services, retirement planning, and potential impacts to counties from marijuana legalization. In addition to the AIC Institute graduation and awards banquet, participants met with vendors in the exhibition hall.

John Mallers, Assistant Deputy Director at the Indiana Child Support Bureau, spoke to county auditors about the QIB reports and the Auditors' Health Insurance Form.

 Our featured speaker at the Auditors' Affiliate meeting was Tad Stahl of the Indiana Office of Technology who spoke on the increasing problem that cybersecurity threats pose to county governments.

ICAA officers were recognized by the AIC for continuing education through the AIC's Institute for Excellence. Left to right are: ICAA Treasurer Jennifer Flater of Clay County, incoming ICAA Secretary Christina Sriver of Fulton County, ICAA President-Elect Julie Fox of Marshall County, and ICAA President Patty Ball of Daviess County.

With ICAA President Patty Ball are Vice-President Vicki Urbanik of Porter County (left) and Secretary Debbie Stevens of Warrick County.

Other county auditors and county officials were also recognized by the AIC for their continuing education efforts through the AIC Institute. 
Addressing the Auditors' Affiliate session were (left to right) AIC First Vice President and Owen County Council member Anton Neff, AIC President and Allen County Assessor Stacey O'Day, and NACo's 1st Vice President Gary Moore. 
Also addressing the county auditors at the affiliate meeting were representatives from the State Board of Accounts: (left to right) Debra Gibson, Director of Local Governments, and Ricci Hoffher and Lori Rogers, Directors of Counties.

County auditors at the ICAA's affiliate meeting listen as DLGF Commissioner Wes Bennett gives his remarks.