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Jul 21

County leaders focus on building stronger counties for a stronger America at national conference

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 10:04 AM by Kristin Cundiff

U.S. Secretaries of Defense, Transportation address more than 2,500 officials at NACo Annual Conference and Exposition

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Jul 16

Report by IAC WIR Representative Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank

Posted on July 16, 2015 at 10:10 AM by Mindy Linn

NACo Annual Conference July 2015

Charlotte, North Carolina

Report by IAC WIR Representative Commissioner Gordon Cruickshank

By what he heard and saw during the conference

Friday July 10th 9:00 AM

The conference started today. As President of the Western Interstate Region (WIR) I presided over the WIR Board Meeting. Discussed were the dates of the PILT Fly In, the Fall Board Meeting held in Boise, Idaho this October, a preview of the WIR Annual Conference in Teton County, Wyoming held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Updates from the three working groups efforts from the last 1 ½ years were presented. The three groups are; 

Endangered Species 

Wild Horses and Burros

PILT and SRS funding 

After the reports the question was asked if we continue with these three working groups. All agreed we need to continue and work towards more engagement on education of the issues.

Chris Marklund NACo staff for WIR provided a brief legislative update of the legislation which is important to the Western Interstate Region. The new Forestry Bill has language that asked for Stewardship Contracting to have the revenue be included with the 25% receipt funding which counties get a share. Currently the Stewardship Contract revenue is not required to be included. Chris also shared some insight on the Waters of the United States legislation that is attempting to block the rules from going into effect as it will impact everyone on some form or another.

Brian Knudsen with NACo’s Research Department presented on NACo’s newly developed Endangered Species Act Data and how to find such information on the NACo website found at .

David Keen NACo Financial Officer provided the financial report for WIR. Additionally he provided the number of attendees from the recent conference in Kauai, Hawaii. 445 total attendees with 250 being elected officials which is higher than last year’s conference which had 337 total attendees with 235 being elected officials.  

Our speaker for this meeting was Deputy Director Steven Ellis, Bureau of Land Management (BLM). Mr. Ellis in his career has been with a Federal Agency for 36 years with 28 of those years in the field. He spoke on Coordination and Cooperation being key to relationships with the BLM.


He did provide some news of concern when he reported that three new National Monuments were created the week of July 6th. National Monuments were created in California, Nevada and Texas.

He explained the 2.0 planning process of the BLM.

Questions of why the BLM isn’t listening to local government and stakeholders when important decisions need to be made were asked. Mr. Ellis attempted to talk through the process however Board Members were not satisfied. Especially with the recent ruling on Sage Grouse by the Federal Agency which ignored the efforts by the counties and states to develop a recovery plan.

This ended the time we had allotted for the Board meeting.

1:00 – 2:00 PM

I attended the Public Lands Committee to review Resolutions where with 44 resolutions to review not all were looked at.

2:00 – 3:00 PM I attended the Federal Land Payment meeting. Here we discussed attempts to reauthorize full funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) funding is being worked on in Congress. Not much support for PILT east of the Mississippi River and 17 counties in the east are impacted with large funding losses. SRS was discussed briefly however it has one more year of funding but is reduced each year.

3:00 – 4:00 PM I attended the Federal Land Management meeting. Roger Nelson presented on an idea of utilizing Charter Forests with a system much like Charter Schools. The downfall here is it would require taxpayer dollars to support to be effective. The positive was his proposal was the Federal Government retained the Fire Management costs.

4:00 – 5:00 PM I walked through the Exhibit Hall to view all the vendors and the items, equipment or systems they were showing.

5:15 – 6:15 PM I attended the Policy Coordinating meeting where each Committee chair reports the progress of the resolutions being presented to the conference to the NACo Executive Board.

Saturday July 11th

9:00 – Noon I attended the NACo Transportation Committee which I am a committee member. During this session we heard updates on the Map 21 Reauthorization efforts and the Highway Trust Fund expiring on July 31st, Advocating through Social Media, heard a report from the National Association of County Engineers, had a presentation by Rob Pressly, Program Manager, NACo on a new guide on Small Town and Rural Streets being developed and a demonstration on responses to Rail Road Emergencies and how they are working to improve Rail Safety.

We then went on to review one Platform/Policy change and 10 Resolutions submitted on transportation issues.  

12:15 to 1:20 PM

I was able to attend the Public Lands Committee meeting for about half of their meeting. During this time they were reviewing resolutions and Platform/Policy changes that involve Public Land issues.

1:30 to 2:30 PM 

I attended the NACo Board Forum as a new member of the NACo Board. Presentations were held on what does a commissioner do, future 2nd Vice President Election guidelines, the 401K process and what it means to counties, insuring everyone picking up their credentials for voting and a reminder of the Board Reception event.

3:15 to 5:00 PM

I attended the General Session with the following speakers.

Ashton Carter, United States Secretary of Defense

Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President, White House Intergovernmental Affairs

Brad Daugherty, TV Analyst, NASCAR Owner and former Basketball Star

5:15 to 6:15 PM

I attended the Policy Coordinating Committee meeting where they reviewed the final edits for submitting resolutions to the NACo Board.

This evening I attended the NACo Board Reception held at the Mint Museum.

Sunday July 12th  

1:15 to 3:10 AM

After the NACo staff rewrote the resolutions with changes and sent them out after midnight I was able to review the changes.

7:30 to 8:50 AM

I attended the Joint Breakfast with the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Speeches by candidates running for NACo 2nd Vice President and Western Region Representative were given during this time. Many states also caucused to determine who they would vote for during the elections on Monday.

9:00 AM to 12:15 PM

I attended the NACo Board of Directors Business and resolutions Committee meeting where we approved the Audit and Finance Committee reports, I was officially appointed to the NACo Board, heard a presentation by Nationwide Retirement Services, heard a membership committee report, had reports by the Information Technology and Program and Services committees. 

Riki Hokama, NACo President provided his report as President for this past year, recognized the retiring of the Administrative Assistant who has watched 5 Executive Directors move through NACo in her many years with NACo, talked about how you need to take care of your family while in leadership positions and how the year flew by. He then went on to thank all the spouses and family who support elected officials in their duties and ended with thanking all of us for allowing him the privilege to serve.

Matt Chase, Executive Director then provided his report also honoring the retirement of the Administrative Assistant. He talked about how NACo is like an onion, many layers. He is happy to see NACo where it is today with a new website and new slogan while producing this all in house to save dollars. He talked about Public Service is not a job it is a Passion. He then spoke on NACo moving to a new building in 2016 which will be shared with the National League of Cities and finished with incoming President Clark’s initiative of Safe and Secure Counties.

After review of the resolutions proposed a few had amendments added and were approved. One on minimum wages was defeated and one on Nullification of federal Laws was returned to the Public Lands Committee as it was determined to not be in the best interest of NACo the way it was written.

1:45 to 2:30 PM

I attended the NACo 2nd Vice Presidents Forum where we heard from the 4 candidates running for 2nd Vice President.

5:00 to 7:00 PM

I attended the National Conference of Republican County Officials where we held a business meeting and heard from U.S. Senator Thom Tillis from North Carolina. This meeting was held at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, Legends Room which is right next door to the conference location. After Senator Tillis spoke we had a reception for all the attendees.

7:30 to 9:30 PM 

I was invited to attend the Nevada Association of Counties dinner event. Unofficially I have become the Idaho representative for Nevada as we have many issues that are similar. Each year new folks come from Nevada and it is great to share experiences and knowledge to improve both of our states.

Monday July 13th

8:00 to 9:00 AM

This morning I presided over the Public Lands Trust Board meeting where we heard a financial report on funding and discussed expenses and revenues for advocacy of the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) and other issues that may arise. We discussed how the PILT Fly In expenses need to be held to a manageable amount while still providing the needed advocacy for funding. 

9:30 to 11:30 AM

The General Session Elections and Business meeting was held during this time. The entire membership in attendance voted to elect El Paso County, Colorado, Commissioner, Sallie Clark to be President, Leon County, Florida, Commissioner Bryan Desloge to 1st Vice President and Maui County, Hawaii’, Council Member, Riki Hokama to the position of Immediate Past President. Then it was time for each state to cast their ballot to elect the 2nd Vice President for NACo. Candidate Larry Johnson a commissioner from DeKalb County, Georgia decided to withdraw in the last hours. Candidates now included Supervisor Liz Archuleta from Coconino County, Arizona, Commissioner Roy Brooks from Tarrant County, Texas and Commissioner Bill Cox from Rich County, Utah. After the states voted Commissioner Roy Brooks was elected as the new 2nd Vice President for NACo.

We then moved on to vote as the NACo membership on resolutions and approved all that had been moved forward from the NACo Board meeting.

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM

This time period was a caucus meeting of the Western Region of NACo to determine who we would elect to serve as our representative for the next two years. Candidates were Commissioner Tim Josi from Tillamook County, Oregon and Commissioner Lesley Robinson from Phillips County, Montana was the two candidates to vote for. After each state voted with their one vote per state Commissioner Lesley Robinson was elected.

12:45 to 1:15 PM

I attended the NACo New Organizational Board of Directors Meeting to hear from President Sallie Clark on her direction under her leadership.

1:45 to 3:15 PM

We now come to the Closing General Session. 

Anthony Fox, U. S. Secretary of Transportation spoke on the funding need of the Highway Trust Fund which will expire on July 31st if nothing is done. If allowed to expire then the Highway Trust without funding would not allow transportation projects currently under construction to continue and any future project would not happen. He also took many questions from the elected officials concerning projects in their respective counties and how it could impact their infrastructure.

Soledad Obrien, Journalist, Documentarian, News Anchor and Producer spoke on her upbringing and how she worked to gain the career she is in now to close out this session. She provided much inspiration to the attendees on her road to adulthood and the path along the way.

6:30 to 9:00 PM

The Conference Celebration Event started at the NASCAR Hall of Fame where we were allowed to tour the Hall of Fame, drive in the simulator against other attendees. The simulator allows multiple drivers to race against one another. Each simulator is installed in a replicated race car so you have the entire experience. Other areas showcase the inside of a mechanics trailer, tire changing where you can race the clock to see how fast you can change a tire, fuel and get the car back on the track. The NASCAR Hall of Fame also has older race cars on display along with the newer cars all depicted on a sample race track. It was quite a sight to see this display.

The final event was held in the Conference Ballroom which included various foods, drink and a band to celebrate the 2015 NACo Annual Conference.

I will have to say that this NACo Conference was once again a great conference to attend as everyone I spoke to was overwhelmed with the knowledge presented and the networking they found with fellow elected officials.

I would hope someday every elected official could experience a NACo Conference. 

I value the opportunity to be the IAC Representative to the WIR Board and thank all of you who elected me to serve you. 



Jul 07

NASPO ValuePoint Workshop

Posted on July 7, 2015 at 4:15 PM by Kristin Cundiff

As some of you may have heard “WSCA” – the Western States Contracting Alliance – is now “NASPO ValuePoint.”  NASPO ValuePoint is essentially the contracting arm of NASPO (National Association of State Procurement Officials).  The State of Idaho participates in many of the NASPO ValuePoint contracts, and includes a public agency clause, making these contracts available to all public agencies within the state of Idaho – cities, counties, school districts, fire districts, irrigation districts, etc.

You can view a list of current statewide contracts on our webpage at:

Statewide contracts (available to all public agencies) come in two forms: SBPOs (Statewide Blanket Purchase Order) issued as a result of a procurement conducted by the state of Idaho and PADDs (Participating Addendums) issued as a result of a procurement conducted by a lead state on behalf of all NASPO states.  These statewide contracts cover a wide spectrum of goods and services – auto parts, bulk fuel, auto rental, PCs, cell phones, tires, vehicles, office supplies, ammo, body armor, lab equipment, mailing equipment, public safety radio, etc.

The NASPO ValuePoint contracts have been analyzed for compliance with Idaho state procurement law, and with the inclusion of the public agency clause in the DOP-issued PADD, contractors must extend the same terms, conditions and pricing to any public agency with Idaho, once the Division of Purchasing issues a Participating Addendum (PADD). 

DOP is hosting a workshop on JULY 22nd for public agencies to learn more about NASPO ValuePoint and the statewide contracts issued by DOP. Please plan to join us on Wednesday July 22nd to meet Vern Jones from NASPO ValuePoint who will speak to the value and benefits of these contracts.

July 22, 2015
9:00am - 11:00pm 
Idaho Department of Transportation (ITD)
Main Auditorium
3311 West State St., Boise 83703

  • Vern Jones C.P.M., Education & Outreach Coordinator, NASPO ValuePoint
  • Bill Burns Administrator, State of Idaho, Division of Purchasing
  • Sarah Hilderbrand Purchasing Manager, State of Idaho, Division of Purchasing