The County Surveyor is a constitutional officer of the county that is elected to a 4-year term from the county at large. The primary duties of the Surveyor in accordance with Indiana Code are as follows:
1. Legal Survey Book – The County Surveyor maintains a legal survey record book for all legal surveys within the county. A legal survey is a survey prepared by a registered land surveyor with notice to all adjoining landowners to resolve property disputes.
2. Section Corner Perpetuation – The County Surveyor must keep and maintain a corner record book showing original government section corners. The Surveyor must check, locate, establish, and reference at least 5% of all original corners shown in the Corner Record Book.
3. Annexation Descriptions - The County Surveyor maintains annexation descriptions and dis-annexation descriptions for each city and town. These descriptions are then certified for the State Election Board.
4. Certification to ABC - Prior to the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Commission issuing a new Alcoholic Beverage Permit in an unincorporated area, the County Surveyor must certify that the permit location is within a one mile radius of a settlement or group of residences in the unincorporated area that has been in place for one of the following: purchases, public meetings, as a community or neighborhood center.
5. Plan Commission – The County Surveyor is a member of the County Plan Commission. As a member of the Commission they attend the monthly meeting and hear and make decisions on subdivisions and planning. They provide technical reviews of plats and drainage systems.