LaPorte County Government Departments
LaPorte County was formed in 1832. La porte comes from the French word, "the door."
French travelers and explorers named the area after discovering a natural opening in the dense
forests that used to exist in the region, providing a gateway to the lands further west.
LaPorte County has 15 Major Highways within:
To understand County Government and its obligation, it is first necessary to
understand the geographical units in Indiana that are established by the General Assembly.
In Indiana, local government is divided geographically into units: counties, townships, cities and towns. These
units work together within each county to provide a variety of special duties which are required by the
Indiana Constitution. Special duties can include: flood protection, schools, police and fire protection, highway
or street construction, and planning administration.
Historically, Indiana counties were totally "creatures of the legislature."
The counties relied on the Indiana General Assembly to define their powers and
obligations. In 1978, the General Assembly recommended that the power of the
counties be expanded. The General Assembly proposed that the counties be given
the power to exercise any powers not specifically denied to them or reserved by
the State of Indiana. In 1980, this recommendation became enacted as a law and is
now known as the "home rule" statute. The "home rule" statute granted Indiana counties
"all the powers that they need for the effective operation of government as to local
affairs". The counties now have no limits on their powers except for certain powers
reserved by the state.
LaPorte County Government provides essential services we use every day: transportation
we take to work, health clinics for immunizations, parks for our enjoyment,
libraries for books to read or doing research, disposal facilities for our trash, and sheriff,
rescue personnel for our safety. These are just a few of the many interactions citizens have with county
agencies every day.
Please select one of the departements to the left to view the various departments and agencies working together to nake
LaPorte County, Indiana a safe and enjoyable place to live and work.