Representing the people of Clay County by being elected as County Commissioner - District 1 is much more than just filling an elected office. The County Commissioner is responsible for overseeing county activities and working to ensure that citizens concerns are met, federal and state requirements are fulfilled, and county operations run smoothly. A Commissioner spends a great deal of time working with and representing the people of our county as well as many administrative, financial and legislative responsibilities. Tabatha Perkins would be an asset to our community in the position of County Commissioner because she understands the requirements and expectations of a person elected to this office and has a proven track record of hard work and dedication to everything she has accomplished.
Mrs. Perkins has been married for fourteen years and has a twelve-year-old daughter. Her family and her community have been the driving force for her success in recent years. In addition to caring for her family, Mrs. Perkins has put herself through college over the past four years while maintaining full-time employment and participating in other activities such as serving as Chapter President for Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society. She received her Associate of Science degree in Business Administration in December 2001 from Ivy Tech State College and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In 2001, she was nominated for and received the Indiana Vocational Technical Award For Excellence from the Indiana State Senate as well as being a member of the All Indiana Academic Team and being nominated to the All USA Academic team.
In 2003, she completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Franklin University and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
Mrs. Perkins currently works as a Mortgage Broker which provides her with a solid background in finances and debt management which is a key component to the commissioner post. Prior to that position she worked for four years as a Data Coordinator who managed the front line staff of her office. Her responsibilities included; hiring, recruiting, managing records, managing schedules, purchasing equipment and supplies, coordinating activities in the office, maintaining and updating information to stay within federal and state guidelines, and creating and presenting reports.
All of this experience closely correlates with the duties of a County Commissioner. Those duties include:
- Listening to the comments and concerns of all citizens
- Establishing polices and procedures for central administration and for county departments to meet county goals
- Coordinating activities of the county board, central administration and county departments Representing the county on administrative/advisory boards and commissions which provided direct and indirect county or county related services
- Managing the county personnel system
- Adopting and overseeing the process for purchase of equipment and supplies for use by the county
- Reviewing, adjusting and adopting the annual county budget and program as presented by the central administration or county departments
- Adopting and participating in the implementation of fiscal management policies for the county in areas such as investment, reserve policy, short-term borrowing, use of bonds and risk management/insurance
- Monitoring the overall fiscal health of the county through regular reports of the auditor and treasurer Approving the payment of debts for expenses incurred by the county Developing and adopting a capital improvement program/ budget covering major county expenditures over a series of years
- Adopting ordinances as needed for the enforcement of county-wide actions
- Passing resolutions relating to county concerns
- Approving county participation in joint agreements with other governmental units
One of the key concerns of Mrs. Perkins is quality medical care for the citizens of Clay County. Recently the county commission voted against (in a 2-1 vote) improving the level of medical care to our community even though it was at a lower cost than we are currently paying.
Mrs. Perkins states, "Our current county ambulance provider is certified only as an Advanced EMT unit and cannot provide the same level of care that a paramedic staffed ambulance could. A paramedic is trained and authorized to provide immediate treatment and medications on the scene for such problems as diabetic emergencies, cardiac problems, and difficulty breathing. These are all cases in which the difference between treatment on the scene and treatment fifteen minutes later, when they finally arrive at a hospital, can be the difference between life and death."
As a taxpayer and an elected official, Mrs. Perkins assures the community that she will always put the PEOPLE of Clay County first and not a PERSON or a BUSINESS OWNER ahead of what is best for our county.
Editor's note: All local candidates are requested to submit articles to The Times announcing their candidacy as Tabatha Perkins did. The articles will be published as written, inasmuch as possible.