JOE BRIGGS, NCRCO President
Welcome to the National Conference of Republican
County Officials website.
of this organization is to provide support and information to the thousands of
Republicans across our great nation who serve as county government officials.
live in a highly charged political environment at the national and state level
that is increasingly invading our day-to-day work at the county level.
those who serve in the legislative arena, we county officials have day-to-day
responsibilities in the delivery of services that directly affect people’s
We do not have the luxury of
dwelling at the 30,000’ level of policy. We are at ground zero.
are required by state and federal law to provide services in a manner that we
may not necessarily agree with philosophically.
We are sometimes required to act on matters that pit our political
ideology against the requirements of fulfilling our duties under the law.
As state and federal resources constrict, mandated services and programs
that citizens depend on remain but the funding that came with the mandate
How do you respond to these situations?
Do you cut the underfunded programs immediately or shift other resources
to maintain them?
Do you split the
difference and phase them out or perhaps maintain the services at a reduced
There is no one size fits all
answer but I submit that the response for a Republican county official is more
complex and difficult than it is for our friends across the aisle.
Republicans, we cannot just point fingers at a Republican President, Senate and
Congress who are attempting to balance the federal deficit.
It is also not likely that our first response will be a call to raise the
tax burden on our citizens.
the group charged with finding real solutions that work within our counties, for
the people we see every day at the post office, gas station and grocery store.
There is no passing the buck at the county level… we are where the rubber
meets the road.
Historically, the NCRCO has been a group of
dedicated public servants who primarily interacted at NACo events.
We had tremendous speakers and wonderful social events but with changing
times, the organization also needed to change.
Over the last few years, we have been increasing our efforts in the area
of policy development through our issues committee and through the NACo steering
committees with the goal of being more effective in shaping policy at the
These efforts have
been very successful but it is now time to engage more Republican County
Officials all across the nation in our efforts.
We need to share best practice information on
a wide range of topics but in particular how to deal with the unfunded and
underfunded mandate issues that are evolving in D.C. and state capitals.
We need to make sure that our policy initiatives at the national level
serve the interests of Republican county officials across the nation rather than
just those of us who are involved in NACo.
In order to accomplish this we have to reach out to all Republican County
Officials across the nation for their input.
I would ask after you review the website that
you supply me with your ideas as well as a list of email addresses and names of
any Republican county officials that know so that I can invite them to get
involved with the NCRCO.
state association already has such a list, please obtain it and send it to me so
that we can reach out.
the lists to
We will still meet at NACo events to listen to
speakers and enjoy the fellowship with those of you who attend NACo events, but
growing our network of members is critical to our long-term ability to assist
all the Republican County Officials in America.
Thank you in advance for your help in this outreach effort.