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County Treasurer

Description of Office

 
The county treasurer, as the chief custodian of all county funds, including the general fund and special funds, such as those dedicated to a certain purpose and those under the control of an elected official other than the commissioners court.  The treasurer has a duty to receive all money received by the county from any source and place it in the appropriate county depository. All county money received by any official must be delivered promptly to the county treasurer for proper handling.
 
The county treasurer is also responsible for disbursing county funds as directed by the commissioners court consistently with the law. The county treasurer often acts as the chief liaison between the county and all depository banks. In this capacity, he or she maintains records of all deposits and withdrawals, and reconciles all bank statements, thus assuring their accuracy and the safety of county funds. The county treasurer, who may be designated as the county's investment officer, is required to submit regular reports to the commissioners court about the county’s finances.
 
As with all elected county officials, the treasurer has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities. The treasurer also has authority to determine how to use all other resources allocated to the office during the budget process.
 
For more complete information about the duties of the treasurer and other county officials, click here.
 

Education Requirements

 
Coordinating body
County Treasurers Association of Texas (CTAT)
Certification and Validation Committee
 
Contact
Honorable Sharon Reynolds, Chair
Brazoria County Treasurer
111 E. Locust St., Ste 305
Angleton, TX 77515-4677
(979) 864-1353
 
Sharon Reynolds is the Chair of the County Treasurers' Association of Texas Certification and Validation Committee. This is an annual appointment.
 
Courses of Study that qualify:
Courses of Study must first be approved by the Certification and Validation Committee.
 
Filing for credit
Send a letter requesting continuing education approval to Sharon Reynolds. Include an agenda and a letter agreement from an accredited public institution of higher education, agreeing to serve as either sponsor or cosponsor of the training. The certification and Validation Committee will decide if credit will be granted and verify the number of education hours requested.
 
Continuing education requirements
(a) Within one year after the date on which a person first takes office as county treasurer, the county treasurer must successfully complete an introductory course of instruction in the performance of the duties of county treasurer.
(b) After completion of the first year in office, a county treasurer must successfully complete in each 12-month period at least 20 hours of continuing education in the performance of the duties of county treasurer.
(c) The introductory course required by Subsection (a) and the continuing education required by Subsection (b) must be sponsored or cosponsored by an accredited public institution of higher education.
(d) To satisfy the requirement of Subsection (b), a county treasurer may carry forward from one 12-month period to the next not more than 10 continuing education hours that the county treasurer completes in excess of the required 20 hours.
 
Legal source
Local Government Code, Sec. 83.003
 
In addition, Treasurers must meet the education requirements of the Public Funds Investment Act found in Government Code 2256.008.  You may or may not wish to add PFIA language to your web site. The Certification and Validation Committee also approves PFIA courses of study. The following is the language that governs PFIA training requirements for County Treasurers:
 
Sec. 2256.008.  INVESTMENT TRAINING; LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. (a)  Except as provided by Subsections (b) and (e), the treasurer, the chief financial officer if the treasurer is not the chief financial officer, and the investment officer of a local government shall:
 
(1)  attend at least one training session from an independent source approved by the governing body of the local government or a designated investment committee advising the investment officer as provided for in the investment policy of the local government and containing at least 10 hours of instruction relating to the treasurer's or officer's responsibilities under this subchapter within 12 months after taking office or assuming duties; and

(2)  except as provided by Subsections (b) and (e), attend an investment training session not less than once in a two-year period and receive not less than 10 hours of instruction relating to investment responsibilities under this subchapter from an independent source approved by the governing body of the local government or a designated investment committee advising the investment officer as provided for in the investment policy of the local government.
 

Open Government Training Information

Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website.
 

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