The District is responsible for providing leadership and programming for soil and water conservation programs within Blackford County.
The District was organized and managed by local landowners in Blackford County. The SWCD consists of a board of five supervisors, all county familiar with the conservation needs of the county. County land occupiers elect three of the supervisors; the State Soil Conservation Board, as recommended by the local District, appoints the other two. A supervisor’s term is three years and no more than 2 terms expire in any one year.
Dave Smith, Chairman
Kevin Love, Vice Chairman
Aaron Lechien, Secretary
Mike Miller, Treasurer
Clifton Rinker, Supervisor
Karen Kitterman, District Administrator
The SWCD Board of Supervisors meet at least once a month to conduct the business of the district. They also meet on other occasions as required to carry out the programs of the SWCD. The monthly board meetings are open to the public.
One person is appointed to the SWCD each year to serve for a three year term. This year is an open year for an appointment position. One person is elected to the SWCD each year. The regular term of office for an elected supervisor is three years. A nominating committee is formed to seek qualified candidates to run for the office. The election must be conducted by written ballot and the newly elected supervisor must be sworn in at a public ceremony.
An individual of voting age or a representative of a firm, company, or corporation that owns or rents land/property located within the district/county may vote. (Eligible individuals also include the owner and tenant of the same land/property as well as any owner’s or tenant’s spouse.)