County Auditor

Description of Office

The county auditor maintains the integrity of financial administration of county government by overseeing the county’s financial record-keeping and assuring that all expenditures comply with the county budget and the law. The county auditor has continuous access to all books and financial records of every elected official and conducts detailed reviews of all county financial operations.
The office of county auditor is not subject to the control of the commissioners court or any other county official, but is appointed by the district judge(s) serving the county.  Both the county auditor and commissioners court are required by law to approve claims for disbursement of county funds. The integrity of county financial administration is entrusted to a dual control system of "checks and balances."
As with the elected county officials, the county auditor has ultimate authority over the operations of the office, including the authority to hire and fire personnel and direct their daily activities.  The auditor 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 county auditor and other county officials, click here.

Education Requirements

Coordinating body
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
333 Guadalupe, Tower III, Suite 900
Austin, Texas 78701
William Treacy
Executive Director
Texas State Board of Public Accountancy
CPE Division
TAC's Sponsor ID: 05298
(512) 305-7844
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy is the permanent contact for county auditors hours. TAC is an approved provider/sponsor for CPE by the State Board of Public Accountancy. We file an agreement annually to maintain this status which allows CPE credit to be offered at all TAC programs. The auditor determines the number of hours they wish to claim. Program agendas do not need to be submitted for approval.
Programs that qualify
Any program that offers official CPE as defined by the State Board of Public Accountancy.
Filing for credit
Attendance forms or certificates of completion must be provided to each course participant. Each auditor/CPA is responsible for retaining verification to submit to his district judge(s) or the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. The sponsor must retain a record for five years as verification of attendance.
Continuing education requirements
County Auditors/CPA's are required to attain 40 hours during each two-year appointment.
Legal source
V.T.C.A., Tex. Local Gov’t. Code, Sec. 84.0085

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.

County Official Organizations

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.
Here you will find links to these organizations' websites which provide information on annual conference dates, leadership information and more. 
Texas Association of County Auditors