Clay County Council members Toni Carter and Mike McCullough, as well as Clay County Recorder Joe Dierdorf, were three of more than 300 county officials statewide who attended the Association of Indiana Counties' (AIC) 2012 County Legislative Conference.
County officials met with their state legislators to express concerns about local government issues during the two-day event, sponsored by the AIC.
The event took place at the Sheraton City Centre in downtown Indianapolis Feb. 7-8.
The AIC staff briefed county officials about legislation that would have an impact on local government reform, elections, assessment appeals, 911 funding, investments and tax collections.
Workshop topics addressed paper terrorism and changes to Indiana's public retirement system.
Several state officials were on hand to speak to county officials, including State Auditor Tim Berry, State Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Indiana Public Retirement System representatives Gretchen Billmeier and Whitney Deal and FBI Special Agents Glen Carlson and Bradley Bookwalter.
"This was a great opportunity to become better informed about legislation that could affect Clay County citizens," Dierdorf said. "The better officials are informed, the better we can serve Clay County."
The keynote speaker was Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute President John Ketzenberger.
During the event, county officials also visited the statehouse to speak with state senators and representatives.