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County Best Practices


TAC's County Best Practices Awards Program recognizes accomplishments and best practices in county government. Through this annual program, TAC:
  • Highlights innovation and distributes vital information on what's working in county government
  • Encourages recognition and inspiration for all county leaders; and
  • Improves the general public's perception of their county government and the value of their county's programs..

2010 - 2013 County Best Practices Winners

2013 Winners

Program Title: The Tire Shark
County: Collin County
Contact: Tim Wyatt
Phone: (972) 548-4673
Description: The Collin County Public Works Department joined forces with the Collin County Sheriff's Office to dispose of illegally dumped tires collected during clean-up of dumping sites along its county roads and creek beds.
Details: View Article

Program Title: Marks, Brands and Tattoos
County: Collin County
Contact: Stacy Kemp
Phone: (972) 548-4185
Description: Online registration program for livestock.
Details: View Article

Program Title: QR Codes on Tax Statements
County: Comal County
Contact: Cathy Talcott
Phone: (830) 221-1355
Description: The first county in the nation to put a QR code on its tax statements so that residents can easily pay property taxes via their smart phones.
Details: View Article

Program Title: Warrant Laser-Fiche Program
County: Harris County
Contact: Tim Cannon
Phone: (281) 401-6344
Description: Allows for warrants to be searched through a variety of fields; the Precinct 4 Constable's Office no longer has to house thousands of paper warrants.
Details: View Article

Program Title: Domestic Abuse Intervention
County: Hidalgo County
Contact: Lupe Trevino
Phone: (956) 393-6179
Description: Established a team of Domestic Abuse Intervention Specialists, specially-trained sheriffs deputies that work to reach out to victims of domestic violence and intervene with first-time perpetrators so they do not re-offend.
Details: View Article

Program Title: Bridging the Knowledge Gap
County: Tarrant County
Contact: Jeff Nicholson
Phone: (817) 884-3295
Description: Established a robust "Bridging the Knowledge Gaps" intranet, which has increased efficiency and broken down departmental barriers.
Details: View Article

2012 Winners

Winners of the 2012 County Best Practice Awards were announced at the TAC Pre-Legislative Conference in August 2012.

Program Title: Law Enforcement Center
County: Carson County
Contact: Brenda Vermillion
Phone: (806) 537-5395
Description: The Carson County Sheriff’s Office worked with the City of Panhandle to develop a law enforcement center that serves all the cities as well as all residents of Carson county.
Details:  View Video
Award: Service

Program Title: Records Management: Record, Retain, Recycle
County: Hidalgo County
Contact: Arturo Guajardo, Jr.
Phone: (956) 318-2100
Description: This records management program created a systematic method to manage the county’s increasing volume of recyclable materials.
Details:
View Video
Award: Innovation

Program Title: Senior Skip- Out
County: Lipscomb County
Contact: Sana Alexander
Phone: (806) 862-2611
Description: The Sheriff’s Department created a program to help the county’s graduating high school seniors prepare for the “real world” that awaits them outside the Lipscomb county line.
Details:
View Video
Award: Outstanding Achievement

Program Title: Empowering Seniors
County: Tarrant County
Contact: Gary Fickes
Phone: (817) 581-3600
Description: Tarrant County created a senior task force to help area retirees better navigate the complex web of government agencies, health care and financial institutions and other life issues that come with aging.
Details: View Video
Award: Innovation

2011 Winners

​Winners of the 2011 County Best Practice Awards were announced at the Texas Association of Counties Post-Legislative Conference in August 2011.

Program Title: Bond Forfeiture Program
County: Nacogdoches County
Contact: John Fleming
Phone: (936) 560-7789
Description:
The Bond Forfeiture Program reduces the number of arrest warrants for failure to appear, reduces the number of warrants in the system and improves efficiency in the county.
Details: View Video
Award: Outstanding Achievement
 
Program Title: County Government Week - History of Officials
County: Tom Green County
Contact: Dianna Spieker
Phone: (325) 653-1043
Description:
A detailed history of officials for each county office.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Houston County Facebook Page
County: Houston County
Contact: Lonnie Hunt
Phone: (936) 544-3255
Description:
The Houston County Facebook Page is a tool to provide the public with important information and to promote awareness about the role of county government.
Details: View Video
Award: Exceptional Delivery of Service
 
Program Title: Lubbock County Mental Health Screening and Indigent Defense Delivery System
County: Lubbock County
Contact: Patti Jones
Phone: (806) 775-1335
Description:
Through contracts with the local mental health and mental retardation authority and the local bar association, the program is able to screen and assess all inmates booked into the county jail. Eligible inmates are referred to receive specialized defense counsel and caseworker services.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Scofflaw Program
County: El Paso County
Contact: Daniel Haggerty
Phone: (915) 546-2044
Description:
A vehicle registration process that identifies citizens that have delinquent fines or fees owed to the county by cross referencing the drivers license with the El Paso County JIMS database. If there is a delinquency the individual is referred to the office that they owe money. Once the delinquent balance is cleared the system will allow them to proceed with the vehicle registration.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Veterans Intervention Project
County: Travis County
Contact: Bruce Elfant
Phone: (512) 854-9100
Description:
A collaboration of more than 40 federal, state, and local agencies, identifies veterans the first time they are arrested, connects with legal assistance, housing, employment and treatment services, and resolves their criminal cases in a specialized court for veterans.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: VETRIDES
County: Burnet, Llano and Lampasas County
Contact: Chuck Caraway
Phone: (512) 715-5271
Description:
A collaboration between Burnet, Llano and Lampasas County Veteran Service Offices offering a veteran ride program. Transportation is provided to VA facilities, clinics, the grocery store and other places. Trips are coordinated with several clients for financial and program efficiency.
Details: View Video
Award: Exceptional Delivery of Service
 
 
2010 Winners

Winners of the 2010 County Best Practice Awards were announced at the Texas Association of Counties Annual Conference in September, 2010.

Program Title: ACH Property Tax Payments
County: Williamson County
Contact: Cathy Atkinson
Phone: (512) 943-1544
Description:
Creating a more convenient method of property tax payments.
Details: View Video
Award: Exceptional Delivery of Service
 
Program Title: Compensatory Time Management
County: Smith County
Contact: Adrienne Graham
Phone: (903) 590-4607
Description:
Tackling compensatory time with teamwork
Details: View Video
Award: Outstanding Achievement
 
Program Title: Coordinated Jail Population Management
County: Tarrant County
Contact: Les Smith
Phone: (817) 884-1734
Description:
Creating a centralized nervous system for county criminal justice.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Jail Intelligence Unit
County: Webb County
Contact: Anita Guerra
Phone: (956) 523-4521
Description:
Proactively Gathering, Analyzing Information to Prevent Crimes
Details: View Video
Award: Outstanding Achievement
 
Program Title: Lady Justice Water Conservation Fountain
County: Bexar County
Contact: Betty Bueche
Phone: (210) 335-2218
Description:
Creating a public plaza with responsible art.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Mental Health Jail Diversion
County: Taylor County
Contact: George A. Newman
Phone: (325) 674-1235
Description:
Using coordination to divert the mentally ill away from the revolving door to jail.
Details: View Video
Award:
Superior Innovation
 
Program Title: Northeast Newsletter
County: Tarrant County
Contact: Gary Fickes
Phone: (817) 581-3600
Description:
Raising awareness of county services, one newsletter at a time.
Details: View Video
Award: Exceptional Delivery of Service
 
Program Title: One Day 4-H Downtown Revitalization
Year Nominated: 2010
County: Madison County
Contact: Arthur Henson
Phone: (936) 348-2670
Description:
Showing how helpful 4-H programs can be in one sday.
Details: View Video
Award: Exceptional Delivery of Service
 
Program Title: Summer Jobs for Teens & Seniors
County: Houston County
Contact: Lonnie Hunt
Phone: (936) 544-3255
Description:
Grabbing Grant Opportunities to Bring Federal Dollars Back Home
Details: View Video
Award: Outstanding Achievement
 
Program Title: Volunteer Job Training Program
County: Bee County
Contact: Anna Maria Silvas
Phone: (361) 362-3242
Description:
Finding alternative incentives and funding for office help.
Details: View Video
Award: Superior Innovation