Do appointed incumbents have to pay the incumbent registration fee?
Incumbents from appointments, not elections, do not need to pay incumbent fee.
(Example: Official was appointed to fill out vacancy and then elected on August 2nd. This official does not need to pay the incumbent fee because they are a “first time elected” official.)
I was newly elected four years ago but didn’t attend COOP in 2014. I have been re-elected this year. Do I need to pay the incumbent fee?
Yes, all incumbent elected officials need to pay the fee.
I was an elected official in one office and have been elected for the first time to a different office. Do I need to pay the incumbent fee?
No, your election to the different office designates you as a first-time elected official to that position so we do not consider you an incumbent for that position.
What if I cannot attend COOP?
Commissioners: COOP is not a mandatory training, however new legislation requires that all county commissioners obtain 12 hours of training within the first 120 days of their term, beginning September 1. The law does not specify where commissioners must get training, only that 12 hours are required to be obtained within the first 120 days.
Other officials: COOP is not mandatory, however it will help you fulfill your COCTP training hours to become a certified county official (if you are working toward that designation).
What time is the on-site COOP registration desk open?
On the first day of COOP (Aug 20th for clerks of court, county clerks, registers of deeds, & trustees; Aug 22nd for county mayors, highway officials, & commissioners), the registration desk will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm.
On the second day of COOP (Aug 21st for clerks of court, county clerks, registers of deeds, & trustees; Aug 23rd for county mayors, highway officials, & commissioners), the registration desk will be open from 9:00am to 12:00pm.
I don't want to stay at the Embassy Suites Hotel. Am I required to stay there?
No, you are not required to stay at the conference hotel. There are several hotels within close proximity to the Embassy Suites Hotel.
How do I get my hotel and travel expenses reimbursed?
CTAS is not responsible for handling any part of expense reimbursement. You will need to find out from your county how to get your expenses reimbursed, if offered by your county.
Can I bring my spouse to the dinner?
If you would like to bring your spouse to the dinner, please register them for COOP using the Incumbent Registration Form
and pay the $150 fee. COOP is offered for free only for newly-elected (first time elected) county officials. Incumbents and spouses will need to register and pay the $150 fee to attend.