The 87th Legislature was as we expected it to be. Participation from not only Judges and Commissioners, but sheriffs, treasurers, other elected officials, and association representatives helped us to stay engaged in order to have our voices heard. All of us together challenged those who wished to silence us. Even the legislators themselves, though some may not publicly … [Read more...] about A Call for Continued Leadership
I would like to share with all of you a great concern, and hopefully a solution. The 86th Legislative Session was an eye-opener with a new vision of local control that is just not acceptable. No matter how long you have been in office, now is the time to reach out to your state representatives and local senators. Do not be intimidated, for the same people who elected you … [Read more...] about Protect Our Associations
Editor’s Note: Winkler County Commissioner Hope Fernandez Williams is communicating with her constituents via a column in her local newspaper titled “Your County Corner.” Our thanks to Commissioner Williams for sharing her latest column with our readers. There is a bill floating around Austin in need of a sponsor. This bill has been written by lawyers on behalf of an oil and … [Read more...] about Trucks: How Heavy is Too Heavy?
By Comal County Commissioner Jen Crownover, Newly Elected Second Vice President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Communication…it’s the hallmark of my job as Commissioner, or at least that’s how I see it. Give me an issue, any issue, and I can tell you how it can be improved with good communication. I might sound like a broken record, but it … [Read more...] about Communication: Staying Ahead of the Curve
By Kevin Burns, Wise County Commissioner An unexpected job befell me in the fall of 2013. As you are likely aware, we lost our County Judge, Bill McElhaney, during Commissioners Court on Oct. 19. Walking back up the granite steps and cast iron stairs of the Wise County Courthouse to finish out and adjourn that meeting was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to … [Read more...] about Beloved Judge Left Education Legacy: Fellow Official Finds Value in Advanced Certification