UNION COUNTY INDIANA
Union County was formed in 1821. It was so named because it is the
product of a union of parts of Fayette, Franklin and Wayne counties.
The first settlers were from Laurens District, South Carolina. John
Templeton was the first settler to enter land at the Cincinnati land
office in what would become Harmony Township, Union County Indiana. The
first county seat was Brownsville, a small town located on the East
Fork of the Whitewater River. The seat was moved in 1824 to Liberty, a
central location. The primary industry of Union County was and is
Union County is the birthplace of Thomas Warren Bennett, Mary Alice
Smith (Little Orphan Annie), Cincinnatus Hiner "Joaquin" Miller, Jay
Hall Connaway, Major General Frederick Leroy Martin and Ambrose
The county government is a constitutional body, and is granted specific
powers by the Constitution of Indiana, and by the Indiana Code.
The county council is the legislative branch of the county government
and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county.
Representatives are elected from county districts. The council members
serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries, the
annual budget, and special spending. The council also has limited
authority to impose local taxes, in the form of an income and property
tax that is subject to state level approval, excise taxes, and service
Board of Commissioners:
The executive body of the county is made of a board of commissioners.
The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each
serves a four-year term. One of the commissioners, typically the most
senior, serves as president. The commissioners are charged with
executing the acts legislated by the council, collecting revenue, and
managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.
The county maintains a circuit court that can handle all case types.
The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a
member of the Indiana Bar Association. In some cases, court decisions
can be appealed to the state level appeals court.
The county has several other elected offices, including sheriff,
coroner, auditor, treasurer, recorder, surveyor, and circuit court
clerk. Each of these elected officers serves a term of four years and
oversees a different part of county government. Members elected to
county government positions are required to declare party affiliations
and to be residents of the county.
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