Effective May 5, 2020 travel restrictions for Hancock County IN have been removed. EMA encourages our residents to adhere to the Governor's Plan for Step 2. Hancock County Government is open to the public as of May 11, 2020 and looking forward to assisting you with your government agency needs. You are requested to wear a mask when conducting business face to face and to practice social distancing while conducting business in county buildings. Many of our offices have implemented processes that will allow you to conduct your business electronically or by phone, we encourage calling to determine the most efficient and safest way to assist you.
Hancock County Courts have immediately suspended of all criminal and civil jury trials through May 4, 2020. Please read the Petition of the Hancock County Courts for Administrative Rule 17 Emergency Relief.
Hancock County was formed in 1828 and named after John Hancock, President of the Continental Congress. The county government is a constitutional body made up of the County Council, Board of Commissioners, Court and County Officials.
County Council: The County Council is the Fiscal Body of the county government and controls all the spending and revenue collection in the county. Representatives are elected from county districts and at large. The council members serve four year terms. They are responsible for setting salaries and the annual budget.
Board of Commissioners: The board of Commissioners is the executive body of the county government. The commissioners are elected county-wide, in staggered terms, and each serves a four-year term. The commissioners are charged with managing the day-to-day functions of the county government.
Court: The county maintains a small claims court that can handle some civil cases. The judge on the court is elected to a term of four years and must be a member of the Indiana Bar Association. The judge is assisted by a constable who is also elected to a four-year term.
County Officials: 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.
Hancock County, Indiana, includes the following cities:
Hancock County, Indiana, includes the following townships: