What is a County Treasurer?
The county treasurer is the chief custodian of county finance and is charged with the safekeeping and investing of county funds. This includes the maintenance and reconciliation of all checking accounts under the care of the county treasurer and the disbursement of funds.
What Does a County Treasurer Do in Texas?
A county treasurer in Texas has the following duties:
- Receives and deposits all county revenues
- Acts as chief liaison between the county and depository banks
- Disburses funds upon the order of the Commissioners Court
- Records receipts and expenditures and reconciles bank statements
- May prepare the payroll
- May be designated as the county's investment officer and required to submit regular reports on county finance to the members of the Commissioners Court
- May also act as the county’s human resources officer, employee benefits coordinator, risk manager and insurance coordinator
- May have some audit responsibilities in counties with no Auditor
For more complete information about the responsibilities of a county treasurer and other county officials, see the "Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."
Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.
County Treasurer Requirements
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County Treasurer Qualifications7
The County Treasurer must meet the following qualifications at the time of appointment or election:
- U.S. Citizen
- Resident of Texas for at least 12 consecutive months
- Resident of the county for at least six consecutive months
- Registered to vote in the county
- At least 18 years of age
- Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which they have not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
- Not have been determined by a court with probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
Candidates for this office generally must meet the above qualifications at the time of filing.
For more information, see the Secretary of State Elections Division website.
Legal Source: Local Government Code, Sec. 83.003.
Vernon's Ann. Texas Const. Art. 16, §44; V.T.C.A., Election Code §141.001