North Dakota county officials took part in an unprecedented meeting at the White House. Six County Commissioners and seven County Sheriffs were invited to a meeting Thursday, August 29th.
If there's one thing we know about North Dakota's 53 counties, it's that they are DRIVEN to succeed, thrive and meet every challenge thrown at them. That spirit will be celebrated at the 2018 NDACo Annual Conference, October 7-9 at the Bismarck Event Center.
If you think we're not serious about the DRIVEN theme, well, Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s car will be there!! (Thanks, Nationwide!)
Online registration is open for both Attendees and Exhibitors at www.ndaco.org/annual-conference.
ND Human Services Director Chris Jones updated Burleigh and Morton County Social Service employees on the Social Service Redesign Project on May 30. Watch the video here.
The first 9-1-1 call was made February 16, 1968. More than 230,000 calls to 9-1-1 are made every year in North Dakota. Plus, citizens are now able to text to 9-1-1 in cases where that is safer to communicate for help. In 2017, approximately 140 calls using text messaging were sent in North Dakota.
The Board of Directors of the North Dakota Association of Counties, at their quarterly meeting April 26, 2018, named Terry Traynor as the Association's fifth Executive Director.
Traynor has been with NDACo since 1986, when he left the Morton County Highway Department to join Mark Johnson at the still young organization. As Assistant Director of Policy and Programs, Terry oversaw more than a dozen program areas, served on several state and national boards, and played an integral role in the Association's lobbying effort. He will continue in many of those roles while transitioning into his new role as Executive Director.
"I am thrilled, humbled, energized, nervous, and most of all optimistic," Traynor said about his promotion. "The Board has trusted me with the resources and the support I need. It is now my obligation to respond to their trust."
North Dakota Counties have responded to a lack of inmate housing by adding 880 beds in 2017. Over the course of the year, eight jail facilities have opened with new, expanded space to hold additional inmates.
North Dakota lawmakers serving on the Government Finance Committee are discussing how to fund state and local roads in the future. Part of that discussion this interim includes exploring possible increases to the state’s gas tax and registration fees, as well as alternative revenue ideas.
According to a recent NDACo survey, a majority of North Dakota counties have done little in adopting zoning ordinances to address regulating medical marijuana manufacturing and distribution centers.
The Justice Reinvestment Committee is charged with continuing the study of alternatives to incarceration through the interim. This effort has been on-going since 2005 and will focus more this interim on behavior health programs for individuals in the criminal justice system.
Mercer County adds courtroom, jail space and improves security of courthouse