In Indiana, a Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is a governmental sub-division of state government. There are 92 SWCDs in the state, with each district aligned with its respective county boundaries. The official governing body of a district consists of five supervisors. Three are elected (one each year for a three-year term) at an annual meeting of land occupiers held in January, February, or March. Two are appointed (also for staggered three-year terms) by the State Soil Conservation Board based on recommendations of district leadership. Selection of all five supervisors is based on input from the local people they serve. As public officials responsible to the district and state, supervisors are required to subscribe to a standard public oath of office.
2017 Gibson County SWCD Board of Supervisors
Matt Michel, Chairman 812-632-0379
Kenny Page, Vice-Chairman 812-385-6016
Dave Greubel, Member
Greg Obert, Member
Denny Simpson, Member
Supervisors’ Job Description
- Identify local soil, water and related natural resource concerns, set natural resource priorities, and then develop, implement and evaluate long and short range plans and programs to address these prioritized resource concerns.
- Participate in appropriate multi-district activities such as watershed projects, river basin projects, resource conservation and development efforts, and multi-district educational efforts such as field days, workshops, and seminars.
- Educate and inform landowners and operators, general public, and local, state, and federal officials and legislators on conservation issues and programs.
- Seek funding and coordinate program assistance from local, state and federal sources, commercial sources, charities, and private groups and individuals.
- Administer the SWCD programs and activities by delegating tasks through a structure of SWCD supervisors, staff, committees and volunteers.
- Supervise SWCD staff and volunteers working with the SWCD, and coordinate conservation efforts with cooperating agency personnel.
- Manage all district-owned funds, facilities and equipment.
The Associate Supervisors Role in the District
Becoming an Associate Supervisor is simple. To be an Associate, you must live within the county lines of the district you wish to serve and you must have an interest in the purpose of the SWCD. If you meet those requirements, the board will vote on allowing the addition of an associate. An Associate’s main duty is to provide input and ideas during board meetings. Associates do not have voting power like the Elected and Appointed Supervisors, but their input is helpful to those with voting power. Very often Associate Supervisors will go on to be Elected or Appointed Supervisors.