About the office

President:

The president executes and enforces laws created by Congress. The president also serves as the commander-in-chief of the United States military. The president, who serves four years, can sign bills into law or veto them.

United States Senator:

The United States Senate makes up half of the United States Congress and creates and passes legislation. It also confirms appointments to federal boards and commissions. Senators serve six-year terms.

United States Representative:

United States representatives represent congressional districts in Congress, creating and passing legislation. Representatives are elected to two-year terms.

Governor:

The governor is the chief executive of the state. The governor’s responsibilities include ceremonial duties and serving on various boards and commissions. The governor serves a four-year term.

State senator:

State senators serve in the Indiana General Assembly, creating and passing state laws. They serve four-year terms.

State Representatives:

State representatives serve in the Indiana General Assembly, creating and passing state laws. They serve two-year terms.

Hancock County Board of Commissioners:

A board of commissioners consisting of three elected people who govern each Indiana county. County commissioners serve four-year terms and are responsible for the administration of county business: enacting ordinances, controlling and supervising county property, supervising maintenance of county roads and issuing bonds, among other duties.

Hancock County Council:

The county council is comprised of seven members — four who represent the county’s districts and three who are at-large members. Council members serve four-year terms and election years stagger. The council is the financial power of the county — it sets the tax rate, adopts the annual budget, approves county debt and fixes salaries for county employees.

Hancock County treasurer:

The treasurer serves a four-year term. The treasurer is responsible for collecting, disbursing and retaining custody of the county’s money. The treasurer also collects local and state property taxes.

Hancock County coroner:

The county coroner is elected by the voters for a four-year term. The coroner determines cause of death as well as whether a person died from a suicide, homicide or natural causes. A coroner arranges for autopsies to be performed when needed.

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Samm Quinn is a reporter at the Greenfield Daily Reporter. She can be reached at 317-477-3275 or squinn@greenfieldreporter.com.