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.
|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.