Two county commissioners attend annual state meeting

Two of Marion County?s three commissioners attended the Kansas Association of Counties conference Nov. 15-17 in Overland Park.

Bob Hein, representing District 1, and Randy Dallke, representing District 3, joined more than 400 county officials for the annual gathering.

The opening session Sunday evening featured Bill Conerly, who spoke on ?What Public Leaders Should Do Today to Prepare for the Next Decade.? Conerly, who has a doctorate in economics from Duke University, applies economics to real-world problems, helping leaders make decisions.

The closing session featured Joel Sartore, who has more than 20 years of experience as a photographer, 15 of those years with the National Geographic Society.

A pre-conference workshop was offered on ?Raising the Standard for County Budget?ing,? presented by Robert Reece, Pottawatomie County administrator, and Mark Dick, a certified public accountant with the Wichita firm of Allen, Gibbs and Houlik.

At the Tuesday morning business session, delegates adopted the Kansas Association of Counties? 2010 Legislative Policy Statement. The statement can be found on the KAC Web site ( after Dec. 1.

Other presentations at the conference included eight hours of continuing legal education for county counselors and other attorneys, discussions on continuity of government operations following a disaster, open records and open meetings, public health issues, funding capital improvements and transportation programs.

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