Legislative Affairs


The primary purpose of the Legislative Affairs Unit is to advocate, coordinate, and advance the County's legislative agenda to enhance the County's ability to govern and provide essential services to the community it serves.

Legislative Affairs Staff

Michelle Heppner (Ed.D)
Legislative, Intergovernmental, and Public Affairs Officer
Email:  Michelle Heppner


  • Liaison to the Chair of the Legislation Committee
  • Liaison with contract lobbyists and elected officials
  • Provide internal coordination to identify County priorities to develop an annual state and federal legislative program
  • Analyze and monitor legislation in coordination with departments to determine the County’s position on bills
  • Coordinate with departments and County lobbyists to maximize legislative opportunities
  • Provide updates on legislative issues to the Board of Supervisors
  • Work with other agencies in coordinated legislative advocacy
  • Work with state elected representatives on legislative issues

Contracted Legislative Advocates

    Karen Lange
    Shaw, Yoder, Antwih, Inc.

    Joe Krahn, Tom Joseph, and Hasan Sarsour
    Paragon Government Relations