Western Interstate Region

Register today for the 2020 WIR Conference, which brings together county officials from across the nation to focus on pressing issues facing counties and our residents.

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The Western Interstate Region is affiliated with the National Association of Counties and is dedicated to the promotion of Western interests within NACo. These interests include public land issues (use and conservation), community stability and economic development, and the promotion of the traditional Western way of life. Its membership consists of fifteen Western states, (Alaska, Hawaii, Wash., Ore., Calif., Idaho, Nev., Ariz., Mont., Wyo., Colo., N.M., Utah, N.D., S.D.) with membership funded through the individual state associations.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Mission Statement

The Western Interstate Region (WIR) exists to be the counties' advocate for public policy issues affecting the West.

Latest Resources

  • Reports & Toolkits | Jan. 13, 2020

    NACo works to preserve local decision making, protect counties from unfunded mandates and preemption and strengthen the federal-state-local partnership.

  • Video | Nov. 21, 2019

    Wrangell Borough, Alaska Mayor Stephen Prysunka testifies before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on behalf of NACo at a hearing supporting full PILT funding and SRS reauthorization.

  • Video | Sep. 11, 2019

    As part of the 2019 PILT Fly-In, NACo hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the importance of the PILT program with Members of Congress and their staffs.

Western Interstate Region Board of Directors


Greg Chilcott
Ravalli County, Montana


First Vice President

Mark Whitney
Beaver County, Utah


Second Vice President

Daniel Joyce
County Judge
Malheur County, Oregon


Immediate Past President

Kevin Cann
Mariposa County, California



  • Associate Legislative Director – Public Lands and Liaison to the Western Interstate Region  
    (512) 965-7268