Meet Christine

Christine Altman

Christine Altman is the current Hamilton County Commissioner of District One, where she has served from 2003 to the present. She is an active member of the Indiana Commission for Women, appointed by the Speaker of the House, Brian Bosma, and during her tenure served has served as chair of the Commission after accepting the appointment by former Governor Mike Pence. Christine serves as the Hamilton County Representative and is the Immediate Past President of the Central Indiana Regional Transportation Authority (CIRTA).

Professionally, Christine is an attorney and has been in private practice for over 36 years. She concentrates her efforts in business, probate, real estate, and commercial law at Altman Poindexter & Wyatt, Attorneys at Law. Prior to obtaining her law degree she was an accountant with Price Waterhouse.

Christine holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science with Distinction from the Indiana University School of Business and Accounting (1978) and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Indiana University School of Law (1981), where she graduated Cum Laude.

Christine lives with her husband in Carmel. They have three children and two grandchildren.

Hamilton County Accomplishments:

146th St
It is hard to imagine the traffic congestion that would exist if Hamilton County had not invested in the design and construction of 146th Street. This corridor was developed by the County Highway Committee that Christine served on when she was first elected to the Hamilton County Council. Now as a County Commissioner she continues to advocate for funding to complete the corridor across the county, and introduced the concept of access roads to reduce the number of full access points to increase the efficiency and safety of the corridor.

US 31
The US 31 Coalition comprises all counties North in Indianapolis, and Christine continues to serve as a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, where she was instrumental in securing the current improvements to US 31. She continues to advocate to improve US 31 to a freeway status.

146th St Flyover Ramp to Southbound Keystone Parkway and Rangeline Rd
During INDOT’s design process for improvements to US 31, Altman served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Commission for the Commissioners. A major design deficiency of the US 31 was the lack of southbound connectivity from 146th St to Keystone Parkway. During the design process, Christine requested that the State consider including a flyover ramp from Lowes Way southbound to Keystone Parkway. County Highway and INDOT developed preliminary plans for the flyover but unfortunately the State was unable to fund with the initial project.

Hamilton County continued to pursue this connection, working with the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Carmel, and the State to receive over $4,000,ooo dollars of federal funds to make this project a go. The balance of funding is provided by leveraging new business property taxes generated by the Clay Terrace TIF. Based on the traffic improvement that will be generated with the flyover ramp, Hamilton County was awarded additional funding to connect the ramp to Rangeline Road in the second phase of the project, again, leveraging TIF funds to complete this Phase 2.

Phase 1 is now under construction with a completion date of 2020, and Phase 2 is scheduled to commence on or before 2021.

Hamilton County Solar Project
Utilities are the County’s second highest expense, right behind employee salaries/benefits. As the executive body, the Commissioners are always looking for opportunities to save money and reduce the risk of future expenditures.

The Commissioners first explored the Jail Complex Solar Project in 2015. At that time the Solar Project was not a good investment in that it did not generate a sufficient rate of return. The technology & the capacity of the solar panels significantly improved and electric rates continued to escalate which now make the LED and Solar Project extremely beneficial. The Commissioners broke ground for this project in March.

The project includes 9,300 panels on building roofs at the Correctional Campus on Cumberland Road as well as 3 acres of county property along Route 37. The 3.14 megawatt solar system costs about $8 million, and will be the largest solar installation in Indiana for a jail complex. The Solar Project along with energy efficiency measures will save the county well over $25 million in utility and maintenance costs over 25 years. The system is projected to produce about 3,900,000 kWh annually, enough clean electricity to power 465 US homes and reduces carbon emissions by about 3,700 tons CO2 annually. The carbon offset is equivalent to 10.3 million car-miles or 4,979 acres of forests.

Indy Executive Airport
When the owner of privately owned Terry Airport, in adjacent Boone County, wanted to retire and sell, Commissioners Altman and Holt immediately recognized importance of the airport to Hamilton County businesses, aircraft owners, and the regional economy. When Boone County declined to purchase the facility, the Hamilton County Commissioners were instrumental in assuring that the airport was not sold but rather preserved, improved, and continued as the Indy Executive Airport, owned and operated by Hamilton County and managed by the Hamilton County Airport Authority.
The airport’s fixed based operator constructed the airport’s all-weather canopy, the only one of its kind in the Midwest, which provides year-round protection and privacy for Indianapolis Executive’s customers. Beck’s Hybrids, one of the largest regional seed companies in the country, headquartered in Hamilton County now houses its aircraft at Indy Executive in their newly constructed, state of art, hanger. The expansion of the runway was the first project in the country completed under the federal economic stimulus plan.

Personal Accomplishments

  • Named 2011 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ)
  • Hamilton County Distinguished Public Safety Award by Doug Carter
  • Distinguished Service Award by the Carmel-Clay Jaycees
  • Distinguished Service Award by Habitat for Humanity
  • Distinguished Service Award by The Salvation Army

Hamilton County Community Involvement

Non-Profit Boards
  • Conner Prairie – Board of Directors and Vice Chair
  • The Alliance Place, Inc. – Board of Directors
  • Carmel Clay Chamber of Commerce, Inc. – Member and Former Director and Officer
  • North Advisory Board for the United Way of Central Indiana – Former Member
  • Carmel Clay Education Foundation, Inc. – Former Director and Officer
  • Former Pro Bono Legal Counsel for the Carmel High School Vocational Building Trades Corporation
  • Former Pro Bono Legal Counsel for the Carmel Sesquicentennial Commission, Inc.

Hamilton County Leadership Academy
Christine has always been involved within the community, serving as the Former President, Dean, Director, and member of the Initial Steering Committee Member of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA). This committee was created by the joint efforts of Carmel and Noblesville Chambers of Commerce and the Hamilton County Purdue Extension Office. Joined by Nancy Blondin, Ruth Anne Nunamaker, and Joanne King, together they served on the Steering Committee to form the Leadership Academy. They organized and ran the program for several years until HCLA secured funding to hire an executive director. In 1991, Altman incorporated and obtained the tax exemptions for HCLA, and continued to serve as president for the first six years. Afterwards, she served as Dean from 2009 to 2010.