County Commissioner

Description of Office

  • As member of the Commissioners Court, exercises broad policy-making authority.
  • Represents one of four precincts within the county.
  • Typically responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges within the precinct.
Commissioners Court
The Commissioners Court conducts the general business of the county and consists of the County Judge and four Commissioners.

The Court:
  • Adopts the county’s budget and tax rate.
  • Approves all budgeted purchases of the county.
  • Fills vacancies in elective and appointive offices.
  • Sets all salaries and benefits.
  • Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts.
  • Provides and maintains all county buildings and facilities.
For more complete information about the duties of a county commissioner and other county officials, see the “2014 Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

Education Requirements

Coordinating body
James P. Allison
General Counsel for the County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas
Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
402 West 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Catherine Sexton
(512) 482-0701
Toll Free: (800) 733-0699
James P. Allison's office is the official registrar and permanent contact for county commissioners hours.
Programs that qualify
The Commissioners Education Committee of the Judges and Commissioners Association reviews programs to advise membership of appropriate educational opportunities. Programs must be accredited by an institution of higher learning.
Filing for credit
A certificate of attendance is furnished by the sponsor of the conference that you attend. Commissioners should maintain a copy for their records. The program sponsor will assist by submitting forms to the Judges and Commissioners Association who will then furnish transcripts to commissioners after the end of the year.
Continuing education requirements
Commissioners are required to attain 16 hours every 12-month period and may carry forward up to 8 hours. Some exceptions apply. See Local Government Code Sec. 81.0025, Section (e).
Legal source
Commissioners: Local Government Code, Section 81.0025. This section was amended by the 84th legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see H.B. 1879, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

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 a link to the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas website which provides information on annual conference dates, list serves and more. In addition, you will find a link to the regional associations' leadership.

County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas

Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Panhandle County Judges & Commissioners Association
South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association