When I was appointed six years ago by Gov. Greg Abbott to be the chairman of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (the Commission), I had no idea of the complexities of what this position involved. I knew as a County Judge that you did not want your county jail to be out of compliance with the Commission. I did not realize the challenges Texas counties faced to stay in … [Read more...] about Challenges To Our County Jails
Many of you, our wise and learned County Judges and County Commissioners, will be retiring at the end of 2022. For years, and in some cases decades, you have found ways to lend a helping hand. You have mentored new officials, shared valuable lessons during educational conferences, and served as subject matter experts for us here at County Progress. We thank you for your time and your friendship. Before you go, we would like to call on you one last time to share your Words of Wisdom.
Eastland County | Judge Rex Fields Took office Jan. 1, 2007 As “they” say, hindsight is 20/20. As you look back on your years of service, what are some of the most valuable lessons you learned? Figure out a way to work with the other elected and appointed county officials. You may not get along so well on a personal level, but the public expects you to do your … [Read more...] about Valuable Lessons Learned
Who is Helifox Technologies? Helifox is the result of over 40 years of combined experience in the telecommunications industry, where we have seen a constant struggle for many organizations to keep up with their technological needs. Sometimes, due to budget restrictions, lack of technical expertise, or limited access, small government offices have been overwhelmed by many … [Read more...] about Sponsored Content: An interview with Helifox Technologies, LLC
At this time in even-numbered years, legislative committees are usually conducting interim hearings to receive testimony, analyze issues, and prepare reports and draft legislation for the upcoming legislative session. These interim activities provide a valuable opportunity for county officials to educate legislators and staff on the effects of potential legislation on their … [Read more...] about Preparing for an Unusual Legislative Session
On May 27, Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Calvert Jr. helped serve 700 families at the Ella Austin Community Center. Volunteers gave away hand sanitizer, PPE, cleaning supplies, seven days of food, and in collaboration with Travis Park United Methodist Church, books for young people to read over the summer. Participants were able to social distance by popping their trunk in … [Read more...] about United Effort: Resource Drive Thru