UAC’s goal to be the voice of all 29 of Utah’s counties at the state Capitol is critical, but we also value our involvement with NACo, Congress and Federal agencies. Just as is true for UAC, NACo is more effective when its members help the organization set policy, lend their expertise, and educate outside officials.
If you’ve ever wanted to get more active in national issues, now is the time to join a NACo steering committee. If you have interest in a specific issue, expertise on a certain topic, or concerns about the effects of specific federal action on your county, your voice should be heard. Participation is open to all elected county officials.
Serving on one of the NACo steering committees enables you to become actively involved in NACo’s policy process. The committees review legislation and make recommendations to the NACo Board on issues that impact counties.
To join a NACo steering you must apply through UAC, but the process is easy. Fill out and submit a one-page nomination form to UAC (Debbie Goodwin firstname.lastname@example.org). A copy of the nomination form is available here.
Nomination forms must be received at UAC by June 17 at 5 pm so that we can submit them to NACo within their deadline of 30 days prior to the start of the 2016 NACo Annual Conference, which occurs July 22-25, in Los Angeles County, California. The committee appointments for the 2016 Annual Convention have already been made, but the current nomination process applies to appointments from August 2016 through July 2017.
If you are already a member of a committee, you must reapply now for next year, as appointees serve one-year-terms (this is a change from previous years). However, you can be reappointed to the same committee for consecutive years. Just turn in your application to Debbie (email@example.com) and inform Adam Trupp (firstname.lastname@example.org) of your interest in continuing on with your current assignment.
When you complete the form you will be asked to prioritize your steering committee selection. Each state association is allowed to nominate eight people to each steering committee. Committee appointees serve for one year and cannot transfer membership to another committee during their term, and cannot serve on more than one steering committee, during that year.
NACo steering committees are:
- Agriculture & Rural Affairs
- Community, Economic & Workforce Development
- Environment, Energy & Land Use
- Finance & Intergovernmental Affairs
- Human Services & Education
- Justice and Public Safety
- Public Lands
- Telecommunications & Technology
The current Utah steering committee members are listed on UAC’s website under Members tab, Committees sub-tab. If you believe you have been appointed to a steering committee, but do not see your name listed for 2015/2016, please let us know immediately.