Gila County Supervisor Tommie Martin was elected by her peers as the 2018 president of the Western Interstate Region (WIR) at the annual conference on May 25.
WIR is an affiliate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) focused on promoting western interests including public land issues, community stability and economic development.
“It is an honor to be elected WIR president and I personally have big shoes to fill,” said Martin, after being sworn in. “I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with western county officials to protect the interests of our communities before the U.S Congress and to deliver results for our constituents.”
Some of WIR’s areas of focus are gaining support for continuing the federal Payments in Lieu of Taxes and Secure Rural Schools programs.
Gila County Supervisor Woody Cline also attended the 2018 WIR Conference.
NACo’s WIR conference brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents. Each year the conference is hosted by a county within the 15 Western states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, and provides attendees with the opportunity to interact with federal, state and regional policymakers, participate in educational sessions and take home tools to address challenges.
Congratulations Supervisor Martin.