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CAS Lecturer elected to seat in Henry County Council

On January 6, CAS Lecturer Betsy Mills was elected to an at-large seat on the Henry County Council in New Castle, Indiana. After the seat was vacated at the end of 2019, local officials held a caucus between two candidates, and Betsy won in a 20-11 vote. With this victory, Betsy is among the youngest officials ever to serve on the Council and one of three simultaneously serving female Council members, an all-time high. Betsy is excited to demonstrate in her work for the Council the same skills that she teaches her CAS100 students every day -- especially problem solving, deliberation, and effective teamwork. One of the greatest challenges Betsy’s county now faces is the threat of multiple federal lawsuits for overcrowding in the county jail. As a citizen representative, Betsy has served for the past year and a half on various committees related to this issue, and her first official action as a Council member after being sworn in on January 7 was to attend jail tours in neighboring counties with her colleagues and ultimately to select an architect to build the county’s new jail. This is important work, and we applaud Betsy’s service to her community!

On January 6, CAS Lecturer Betsy Mills was elected to an at-large seat on the Henry County Council in New Castle, Indiana. After the seat was vacated at the end of 2019, local officials held a caucus between two candidates, and Betsy won in a 20-11 vote. With this victory, Betsy is among the youngest officials ever to serve on the Council and one of three simultaneously serving female Council members, an all-time high.

Betsy is excited to demonstrate in her work for the Council the same skills that she teaches her CAS100 students every day -- especially problem solving, deliberation, and effective teamwork. 

 One of the greatest challenges Betsy’s county now faces is the threat of multiple federal lawsuits for overcrowding in the county jail. As a citizen representative, Betsy has served for the past year and a half on various committees related to this issue, and her first official action as a Council member after being sworn in on January 7 was to attend jail tours in neighboring counties with her colleagues and ultimately to select an architect to build the county’s new jail. This is important work, and we applaud Betsy’s service to her community!