Bartholomew County Clerk Jay Phelps has been appointed to serve on Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Indiana Executive Council on Cybersecurity.

Holcomb signed an executive order earlier this year creating the council, which is tasked with developing and executing a strategic plan to increase cybersecurity and to protect the state’s security and economic interests.

Members of the council include representatives from state and local government, and those from the private sector, military, research and academia. Phelps was appointed by Secretary of State Connie Lawson, who is one of 19 voting members on the council. Phelps reports directly to Lawson as an adviser for the elections committee charter, a subcommittee of the overall group.

“Even though Indiana did not have any breaches with the election process in the 2016 presidential election, all of the attention from the media and concerned voters was on hacking, election interference and cybersecurity breaches,” Phelps said. “I cannot think of a more crucial and preventative committee to be a part of.”

Phelps is the only county clerk to be appointed by Lawson to this effort.