The Texas Constitution established a strong system of checks and balances by creating independent elective offices in each county. The major elective offices found in most counties include the commissioners court comprised of a county judge and four county commissioners, county attorneys, county and district clerks, county treasurers, sheriffs, tax assessor-collectors, justices of the peace and constables. As a part of the checks and balances system, counties have an auditor appointed by the district courts.
Description of Office
The leadership of county government in Texas is comprised of independent elected officials (and county auditors who are appointed by elected district judges) who provide hands-on service delivery to make government work for citizens. Learn more about who does what in Texas counties.
The majority of county officials in Texas are required to obtain continuing education on an annual basis. Learn more about continuing education requirements by office with procedural information on how to obtain and file for credit hours.
Open Government Training Information
Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to recieve training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, checkout The Office of the Attorney General website.
County Official Organization
The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy. Learn more about organizations' websites that provide information on annual conference dates, leadership information and more.