County Commissioners Summit

The 2024 County Commissioners Summit will be held March 20, 2024 at the Ramada Inn in Bismarck. 

If you are staying at the Ramada 701-258-7000, please ask for the County Commissioners room block to get state rates.

Your county will be billed $50 for your registration. If you wish to make other payment arrangements, please indicate in the last field of the form below.

   Refund policy: full refunds will be given for cancellations through March 13.

Scroll down or click here for Registration form

Summit attendees will receive 6 FREE ILG training hours!

Tentative Agenda – updated 2/22/24


5:00 – 7:00 Welcome Social



8:30 Welcome

  • Joan Hollekim, Mountrail County Commissioner & NDCCA President
  • Aaron Birst, NDACo Executive Director

9:00 Property Tax Elimination Measure Panel Discussion

  • Neal Messer, Stark County Commissioner & NDCCA Board Member
  • Nathan Berseth, Richland County Commissioner & Richland School District President
  • Josh Askvig, AARP State Director
  • Panel Moderator: Donnell Preskey, NDACo Government/Public Relations Specialist

10:00 Break

10:15 Creating Efficiencies: Tool Chest Legislation and Shared Services

  • Terry Traynor, Former NDACo Executive Director
  • Jayme Tenneson, Nelson & Griggs Counties State’s Attorney & NDACo President
  • Debbie LaCombe, ND Dept. of Homeland Security Deputy Director
  • Mary Senger, Burleigh County Emergency Manager

11:15 Human Resources Topics for Commissioners

  • Helen Askim, Williams County Administrator/HR Director
  • Aaron Birst, NDACo Executive Director

11:45 Transportation Funding Opportunities

  • Kent Leben, County Section Leader, NDDOT Local Govt. Division

12:15 Lunch

1:15 Legislative Leadership

  • Rep. Mike Lefor, House Majority Leader
  • Sen. David Hogue, Senate Majority Leader
  • Panel Moderator: Donnell Preskey, NDACo Government/Public Relations Specialist

2:15 County Commissioner Resources

  • Brennan Quintus, NDIRF CEO
  • Joanna Drennen, NDIRF HR Collaborative Executive Director 
  • Linda Svihovec, NDACo Research Analyst
    Salary Survey, County Handbook, and more
  • Alisha Adolf, NDACo Professional Development Manager (ILG)
  • Chad Peterson, Cass County Commissioner & NDCCA Past President
    NACo Involvement/Matching Funds Program

3:15 Break

3:30 County Commissioner Hot Topic Panel

  • Joan Hollekim, Mountrail County Commissioner & NDCCA President
  • Stan Dick, Cavalier County Commissioner & NDACo Past President
  • Steve Lee, McLean County Commissioner & NDACo Past President
  • Shelly Weppler, Ward County Commissioner
  • Panel Moderator: Daryl Dukart, Former Dunn County Commissioner & Former NACo Board Member 

4:30 Adjourn & Tour NDACo Office (optional)


(5:00 to 6:30 Wed. 19th)