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Saulman named Distinguished Commissioner for district

Saulman named Distinguished Commissioner for district
Saulman named Distinguished Commissioner for district
Kenny Saulman receives the 2020 Distinguished County Commissioner of the Year award for the south district from Stephanie Yager, executive director of the IACC, on Dec. 28. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

Kenny Saulman was honored last week as the Achievement Award winner for the 2020 South District Distinguished County Commissioner of the Year from the Indiana Association of County Commissioners.

Saulman retired at the end of 2020 after 44 years of service — a total of 12 years as county commissioner, 16 years as county councilman and 16 years as a township trustee — to Harrison County.

During the presentation on Dec. 28 at the Harrison County Government Center, Stephanie Yager, executive director of the IACC said, “Harrison County has seen tremendous growth since 1967 and this commissioner played important roles in many of the things that have happened in Harrison County over these years. He has served on the board of directors for both a local water company and a local bank. As a commissioner and councilman, he has served on numerous boards like the Solid Waste board and the Economic Development board over his years of service.”

Saulman, a Republican, was a county commissioner when the riverboat casino came to Harrison County. He and his colleagues navigated the process, which included the creation of the Harrison County Community Foundation.

“The influx of gaming revenue that came from the casino allowed the county to provide numerous improvements to services and infrastructure, and he often played a leading role in many of those projects,” Yager said. “From improving existing roads and bridges, to building new economic development projects with the goal of bringing more jobs to Harrison County, to providing better equipment for fire departments and EMS, to improving existing county buildings, the construction of a new justice center, the construction of a new government center, the construction of a new highway department facility and supporting things like expanded water and high-speed internet service, this commissioner’s impact on Harrison County has been huge.”

Yager also noted that Saulman received the Sagamore of the Wabash Award earlier in the month.

“Commissioner Saulman is retiring from public service at the end of 2020, and, while we are happy for him and his wife Naomi, Harrison County will miss his leadership,” said Mel Quick-Miller, assistant superintendent of the Harrison County Highway Dept.

Yager concluded the presentation by saying, “It takes a special individual to dedicate the time, develop a vision, build consensus, promote teamwork and enjoy political victory. This Distinguished County Commissioner has focused his efforts on making his county a great place to live and raise a family.”

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