Allen County Commissioner Therese Brown has been named the recipient of the 2019 Arthur R. Himsel Award, the highest honor given by the Association of Indiana Counties.
Himsel helped form the nonprofit association as a Hendricks County commissioner in the late 1950s and for many years was Indiana's representative on the board of directors for the National Association of Counties. The award is given yearly to an elected county official "who has served the interests of county government through involvement with the AIC," the organization said in a news release.
Brown, a Republican, has been Allen County auditor, clerk and commissioner. She has been a longtime board member of the Association of Indiana Counties and was its president in 2012. Brown also has been a member of the Indiana Commission of Courts and the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. Locally, she has been a member of the Allen County Plan Commission, the Downtown Improvement District and the Mayors and Commissioners Caucus of Northeast Indiana.
The Association of Indiana Counties lobbies the General Assembly on behalf of counties, serves as a liaison among county, state and federal agencies, and provides technical assistance and training to county officials and employees.