The Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) is pleased to announce that the Honorable Kevin Overmyer, Marshall County Commissioner was selected IACC’s Achievement Award winner at the “2021 North Distinguished County Commissioner of the Year.”
This County Commissioners has served his county as Commissioner since 1999 and has been President of his board for many years.
He works tirelessly for his community, is an advocate for the region, and is active in legislative matters that affect his county and the whole state.
He has demonstrated great leadership throughout his years as commissioner. A few highlights include:
- Serves on the U.S. 31 Coalition that promotes the U.S. 31 Corridor improvements from Indianapolis to South Bend, as a freeway. Its long-established goal has been to accelerate the design and construction of the much needed upgrade that will realize significant safety and economic benefits!
- Designation of a Broadband Ready Community.
- Lead the charge to bring fiber optics to his county through the Metronet Project: a public-private partnership between two counties, one city, and two private businesses that through a $2.5 million construction project extended unlimited bandwidth dark fiber into his county, creating capacities and speeds on par with Chicago and New York.
- He has served on his MPO MACOG board for many years. He has contributed to the advancement of the region’s economic vitality, enhanced quality of life, strong sense of place, and expanded opportunities that attract and retain talented individuals and organizations to the Michiana Region including Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph counties and Marshall County.
- He collaborated with local communities to establish the County Economic Development Corporation and Regional Development Corporation. The County Economic Development Corporation hosts “County Development for the Future” meetings that bring together community leaders and regional partners to strategize ways to leverage their assets and ensure their county maintains a high quality of life and to address common challenges; and share information, resources, and knowledge that makes the partners more efficient and capable to address the common challenges.
- He was integral in gathering leadership in his county to serve on the Crossroads Committee, and suggested the team leverage the collaborative work taking place to create a plan that would elevate regional planning and qualify the team for a Stellar Communities designation.
- He was appointed by Governor Daniels and Governor Pence to serve 6-years on the Indiana Statewide 911 Board.
- He supported SB256 for the addition of a fourth court that opened new opportunities to develop specialized courts to address cases where drugs and substance abuse, elderly, and veterans are at issue. The court added much needed judicial time in both civil and criminal cases for better service to the citizens of their community.
- He provided tremendous leadership during the 2018 flood and recent public health emergency during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- He has supported the Jail Expansion Project, a County Park Department, construction of the County Morgue, Internal policies and procedures allowing ease of operation for departments and taxpayers, restoration of the County Courthouse and historic clock tower and many other initiatives during his terms in office.
- He has also served on the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) Board of Directors for many years.
- He has served on the IACC and AIC Legislative Committee and has served as Chairman and Co-Chair of the IACC Legislative Committee.
- He regularly meets with state leaders in the Governor’s and Lt. Governor’s office, State and Federal Legislators, IEDC, INDOT and others.
His county and Indiana are truly better because of his tireless work and effort.
The achievement award was presented during the IACC’s 2021 Annual Conference, the largest gathering of County Commissioners in the state. The three-day conference included several different workshops, and breakout sessions that were designed specifically for county commissioners and their support staff. Overmyer and others attended several training workshops concerning county related topics focusing on, American Rescue Plan Act Funding, 2022 Legislative Priorities, “How to tell your story,” Open Door Laws, Mental Health and Addiction strategies, cyber security, road funding, and more in their training sessions.