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.
For more information on county government topics and issues, please contact the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, P.O. Box 2450, College Station, Texas 77841. Telephone: (979) 845-4572. Fax: (979) 862-1516. Website: http://vgyi.tamu.edu.