Jamie L. Palmer Appointed Director of the Indiana Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations

April 30, 2014

Jamie L. Palmer, AICP, was named Director of the Indiana Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) by unanimous vote of the current membership on April 28, 2014. She fills the position at the retirement of John L. Krauss who had been director since the inception of IACIR in 1995. Ms. Palmer worked with the IACIR since 1995, becoming associate director in October 2003. Senator Randy Head, chairman of IACIR said, “Jamie Palmer is well-suited to take on the position as director of the Indiana Advisory Commission for Intergovernmental Relations. She has been with the commission since the beginning and done tremendous work in promoting efficiency between Indiana’s different units of government. I look forward to seeing her advance the work of the commission as director.”

The Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) was established by the General Assembly in 1995 to provide a forum to plan for and address the problems that will arise as greater demands are made on state and local governments. Based upon federal and other states' enabling statutes, Indiana is one of 20 states to establish an intergovernmental commission.

The IACIR’s mission is to create effective communication, cooperation and partnerships between the federal, state and local units of government to improve the delivery of services to the citizens of Indiana.

Palmer has been one of the investigators for most of the projects IACIR has undertaken, including, Annexation in Indiana: Issues and Options (1998), Property Tax Reassessment: Issues in Implementation (2001), Financial Needs for Wastewater and Water Infrastructure in Indiana (2003), Emergency Dispatch/911 Structure and Funding Fire Districts and Fire Territories (2012), and the now bi-annual survey of local government officials, Intergovernmental Issues in Indiana since 1999.

IACIR is staffed by the IU Public Policy Institute where Ms. Palmer, a Senior Policy Analyst, conducts work focused largely on state and local government, land use and water infrastructure issues. In 2007, she served as the project manager for the Indiana Commission on Local Government Reform. Led by former Governor Kernan and Chief Justice Shepard, the commission released its recommendations in December 2007. She has provided information and technical assistance to legislators and various groups interested in this work. In 2009-10, Palmer led a study of state structural and administrative court reform completed for the Indiana Supreme Court, Division of State Court Administration and the Strategic Planning Committee of the Indiana Judicial Center. She is currently the lead staff for the Fiscal Benchmarking for Indiana’s Local Governments project.

Palmer holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and a Master of Planning degree from Indiana University. Ms. Palmer is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), a member of the board of the Indiana Chapter of the American Planning Association, and chair of both the Indiana Land Use Consortium and the Indiana Rural Wastewater Task Force.