The Wyoming County Commissioners' Association and Wyoming Association of County Officers held their annual meetings last week in Jackson, and Johnson County Commissioners Delbert Eitel and John Gibbs attended the meetings.
The annual meetings, according to Gibbs, are an opportunity for the county officials from across the state to further their knowledge in public service procedures and to gain updates on happenings that relate to local and state government.
Gibbs tells us more about the first day's classes that he found useful.
The second and third day of the conference had each group: commissioners, treasurers, assessors, and so on; in meetings and presentations pertaining to their offices.
Gibbs said the presentation from Assistant District Forester Chris Fallbeck was interesting and timely, because of this year's wildfires in the West and especially Wyoming. Gibbs said according to Fallbeck, roughly 500,000 acres burned just in the state of Wyoming, with an accumulated cost of nearly $80 million. The discussion was that this might be a time when the Wyoming Legislature could dip into their “rainy day funds” to help counties and othe local entities with those costs.
Gibbs said another important topic was the Federal Government's recent decision on Abandoned Mine Land Funds.
Gibbs said the knowledge he and other elected officials gain at the meetings is well worth the time and expense.