Association News

The 2016 WACO Conference will be in Laramie on September 27-29, 2016. Registration is now open!

Register now for the 2016 WACO Conference.

The WACO Board is proud to present national speaker and author Paul Mellor's program Memory Power as an educational class this year. Registration is $40 and includes Paul's book, "Memory! How to Remember Anything." Read more about it on the education page, or on Paul's web site.

Sponsor Registration is now open! Register now for the 2016 Convention.



Raffle Thank You

The President's Raffle was a big success this year, as WACO members brought in almost $1,900 for the St. Paul's Newman Center in Laramie. Here is a thank you letter from the Center.

Thank You!

Thanks to all the sponsors, associations and WACO members that made the 2015 convention a great success. Also, thanks to Governor Mead, the other state elected officials and all the other speakers who attended and contributed. Finally, thanks to our Albany County hosts and President Baron for all the work they put into a great event.

Make sure and plan on joining us back in Laramie on September 27-29, 2016 for the 89th Annual WACO Convention.


Updated Agenda and Program Insert

The program agenda has been updated and there is also an additional insert to the program available.


Albany County Welcomes You to the 2015 WACO Convention!

Albany County Welcome Letter


Convention Agenda Posted and Proposed By-Law Changes

The agenda for the 2015 WACO Convention (updared 9/17) in Laramie is now available. Click the link to view or download it in PDF format.

The details are also available on the General Session page.

Also, the WACO board is proposing changes to the WACO By-Laws. Please review the changes, which will be voted on by the membership during the General Session.


Running Out of Time for Reservations

The Convention is fast approaching! If you haven't yet made hotel reservations, please make them as soon as possible.

If the Hilton is full, these other hotels will rent you rooms at the WACO rate and are happy to accommodate you:

Americinn - 4712 Grand Avenue - 307.745.0777
Comfort Inn - 3420 Grand Avenue - 307.721.8856
Hampton Inn - 3715 Grand Avenue - 307.742.0125
Holiday Inn - 204 S 30th Street - 307.721.9000

Make sure and ask for the WACO rate.

Report from the Annual NACo Convention

National Association of Counties Board of Directors members Loren Grosskopf and Joel Schell, along with many County Commissioners, traveled to Charlotte, NC for the annual convention. Here are some reports and documents of interest from the conference:

NACo Platform Changes and Resolutions

These resolutions, developed by steering committees and approved by the general membership, form the basis of NACo's lobbying effort on Capitol Hill this year.

NACo's Annual Report

Some educational workshop videos of interest:

Update on Federal Legislative and Policy Issues Impacting Counties

Mastering Integrity and Civility as Uncompromised Skills

Newly Elected Officials Guide to County Government

Mastering the Media and Communications - great workshop

Becoming a Master Negotiator and Influencer

Member Registration Now Open

Member registration for the 2015 Convention in Laramie on September 22-24, 2015, is now open. Please visit the WACO Registration page to reserve your spot at the convention and register for educational classes.

The basic schedule for the convention is:

Tuesday, September 22nd: Education Classes
Wednesday, September 23rd, Association Meetings
Thursday, September 24th, General Session and Banquet

Sponsor Registration Now Open

WACO appreciates the sponsors who make the annual convention possible. Sponsor registration for the 88th Annual WACO Convention in Laramie, on September 22-24, 2015 is now open. This year's conference features new methods of recognition for sponsors, booths at the Hilton Gardon Inn and scheduled times to meet with different associations. The Wyoming Association of County Engineers and Road Supervisors is also scheduled to meet at WACO this year.

Click now to register as a convention sponsor.


Thanks for a Successful Conference: Looking forward to Next Year

Thanks to everyone who made the 2014 Lander conference a success, especially all the Lander elected officials, hotel staff and businesses that were so gracious.

Save the date now for the 88th Annual WACO Convention, on September 22-24, 2015, in Laramie, at the Hilton Garden Inn. The Convention theme will be Management 307.

Start planning your visit to Laramie today!


Welcome from Fremont County and Conference Program

A message from the Fremont County Elected Officials:

Fremont County again welcomes you to our beautiful county for the WACO convention September 23-25, 2014. The attached letter of welcome and Ice Breaker invitation is just part of the exciting time that you will experience at the WACO convention!!

Please pass this on to ALL county Elected Officials for us so that all officials and staff have an opportunity to join us!!

See you in September!!

The Fremont County Elected Officials

PS—We have a new restaurant called SEGO. I don’t have their number—but I’m guessing maybe there’s something online or in the phone directory for them.

The message also contained a Guide to Fremont County Restaurants and Lodging.

Information regarding the General Session is now available and the Conference Program is also available for download.


Clerk of District Court Resolution

The Clerk of District Court's association has passed a resolution on fees that will be considered by the Resolutions Committee at WACO. They would like all of the associations to take a look at the resolution and its support in advance, so that any concerns can be addressed prior to the conference. Here's the information:

Clerk of District Court Resolution

Clerk of District Court Resolution Support


Registration Opens

The registration for the 2014 WACO Convention in Lander is now open.


Vendor Registration Opens

It's time to get things rolling for the 2014 Convention. The Vendor Registration is now open. If you are interested in having a booth at the convention or sponsoring the Convention, proceed to the vendor page to get the scoop for this year. Hope to see you in Lander!

date What a Ride

Thanks to everyone who attended and/or helped make the 2013 Convention a success. Special thanks to Past-President Julie Freese, her staff, and all the people in Fremont County. Make plans to join us for the 2014 Conference in Lander on September 23-25, 2014!

sept 10 Resolutions

Two resolutions have been submitted so far for consideration at the conference. The first resolution is described here by the Clerks of District Court Association. Resolution on Fees.

The second resolution is from the County Treasurer's Association. Resolution on Delinquent Interest.

Aug 19 Hotel Map

Courtesy of Fremont County, here is a map of the Best Western Hotel showing the meeting rooms for each association.

Also, the County Assessors' Meeting Agenda has been added to the Association Information page.


Aug 13 Report from NACo

Here is a report from the NACo Annual Conference held in July.


Aug 12 Association Agendas Now Available

As association agendas are available for their meetings, the agendas will be posted on the Association Information page.

So far, agendas are available for the Clerks of District Court, County Clerks, County Treasurers and County Commissioners.


Aug 8 President's Letter and Icebreaker Invitation

WACO President Julie Freese offers her welcome to the convention in her President's Letter.

Also, please make plans to attend the convention Icebreaker on the evening of September 24th. Here's your invitation to the icebreaker event, to be held at the Museum of the American West.


Aug 7 Conference Program Now Available

The latest confereence program is now available (in .pdf format)


date Registration Opens

Registration is now open for attendees and vendors. You can register by clicking the links in the menu or by using these links:

Register to attend the conference.
Register as a vendor or a sponsor.

date Association Times to Meet with Vendors Set

One piece of the feedback the board received from vendors indicated that the vendors wanted specific times to meet with people from the different associations. To that end, here is the schedule for associations to work into their meeting agendas:

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

8:00 - 9:00 am County Commissioners
10:30 - 11:00 am County Attorneys
11:30 - 12:00 pm County Clerks
1:30 - 2:00 pm County Treasurers
2:30 - 3:00 pm County Assessors

Thursday, September 26, 2013

2:00 - 2:30 pm Clerk of District Courts
3:00 - 3:30 pm County Sheriffs
4:00 - 4:30 pm County Coroners

date Save the Date

The 2013 WACO Conference will be held in Lander on September 23-27, 2013. The conference theme will be "Rounding Up for a Common Goal."

The board is busy setting up speakers for the General Session and educational classes.

The main conference hotel will be the Best Western Inn at Lander, though some meetings will be held at other venues.

It will be an exciting conference so make plans to attend!

date Welcome

Deidra Henderson has accepted the position as WACO Secretary-Treasurer, so look for a new face at the conference this year. The board is very excited to have her aboard.

date NaCo Adopts Legislative Policies and Resolutions

At the Legislative Conference in D.C., county officers from all around the country met to set legislative policies for the upcoming year. Highlights of issues specific to Wyoming include:

  • Maintaining the exemption on tax exempt municipal bonds.
  • Support state efforts for wildfire prevention.
  • Develop policies for post-wildfire impacts and damages.
  • Persuade the BLM to work with states that already have fracking regs instead of developing their own, duplicative regulations.
  • Work with USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) on the Market Access Program, to improve food exports.

date NaCo Works to Keep Bond Exemption

As negotiations continue in Washington after the sequester, the tax exempt status of municipal bonds has been threatened. Two proposals are currently being floated. One, by the President, would cap all deductions and exclusions at 28%, including interest on exempt bonds. The other proposal would completely eliminate the income tax exemption on interest earned on bonds. Analysts predict that the loss of the exemption would increase bond offerings by cities, towns and counties by 70 basis points, raising the cost of issuing debt and requiring taxpayers to pay longer to retire the debt.

At the NaCO legislative conference, the National Association of Counties teamed with the National League of Cities and the United States Conference of Mayors to lobby Congress and raise awareness of the impact of the exemption on counties. NaCO leaders continue to lobby for the effort.

date Committee Materials Now Available

The committees that meet at WACO do some important business for the association. The reports the committees made during the General Session are available on the Committees page.

date Thanks for a great Convention

Thanks to Dixie Huxtable, the Snow King Resort, Teton County, the WACO Board and everyone who attended the 85th Annual Convention for making it a great success.

Also, thanks to all the vendors and sponsors who make the convention possible. The list of vendors and sponsors is still available at the Vendor Index. Please make sure and contact them to express your appreciation.



Last updated 08/19/2013