Morning News â€” Leslie Mielke
Receiving recognition by their peers, each of these county elected officials received the Mill-Alder Award at the Idaho Association of Counties convention last week. From left are Commissioner Cleone Jolley, Treasurer Janice Lawes and Sheriff Dave Johnson.
Three elected Bingham County officials received Mills-Alder Awards at the Idaho Association of Counties (IAC) convention last week in Sun Valley.
The recipients are Treasurer Janice Lawes, Sheriff Dave Johnson and Commissioner Cleone Jolley.
The Mills-Adler Awards are voted on by the recipents' peers. The award goes to each "outstanding county elected official." Across the state, there are 132 county commissioners, 44 sheriffs and 44 treasurers.
Started in 1993, this is the first time in its history that the Mills-Adler Awards have gone to three elected officials from the same county.
A committee nominates the recipients.
"After we're nominated, we are asked to send the IAC a list our accomplishments," Lawes said.
The treasurer was recognized for her work in treasurer education, involvement with the SouthEastern Idaho Community Action Agency (SEICAA) and Stone Soup.
"You are recognized for how you've served in various positions," the sheriff said.
Johnson was recognized for his work with the Idaho Sheriff's Association that represents all 44 Idaho counties, and the Tri-County Sheriff's Association that is made up 17 counties in Southeastern Idaho. Johnson has served as president of both associations.
He has also served on the Idaho Department of Transportation Safety Board and the Domestic Violence Council for the State of Idaho.
Commissioner Jolley was recognized for his work on the hospital board, the Idaho County Risk Management Program (ICRMP) that insures county liabilities, Government Employee Medical Plan, (the GEM Plan) that provides for employee's medical insurance and the Committee for Idaho Juvenile Offenders System (IJOS).
"I've served on a lot of boards," said Jolley.
The IAC is divided into six districts. Jolley has also been chairman of the fifth district. It stretches from Bingham County south to the Utah and Wyoming borders and also includes Power County.
The Mills-Alder Award was initiated "to promote continuing involvement within the IAC associations and in recognition of elected officials that have made significant contributions to the improvement of the IAC through their dedicated services.
The award was named after the late Darwin Mills, Lincoln County Sheriff, and the late Betty Adler, Payette county Treasurer.