Preparing to Take Office Workshop

December 11 - 20, 2018

Various Locations

For more information, contact Amy Lawson at (800) 456-5974.

This one-day workshop educates all newly elected county officials on basic issues and provides the information necessary to avoid making mistakes that result in embarrassment, or worse, legal problems.
There are many unfamiliar statutes and rules newly elected officials must understand before officially taking office. A faculty of Association staff and specialists will explain the basics of important subjects such as nepotism, discrimination, purchasing, open meetings, open records, budgeting and general employment law.

Who Should Attend?

All new and newly elected officials (including those appointed since February 2017):
judges, commissioners, treasurers, county clerks, district clerks, county/district clerks, constables, justices of the peace, sheriffs, tax assessor-collectors, county attorneys and district attorneys.

Registration Fees

This workshop is provided FREE to new and newly-elected officials, and lunch is provided for all registrants.

Dates and Locations

Corpus Christi
Omni Hotel Corpus Christi
900 N. Shoreline Boulevard
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
(361) 887-1600
Dec. 18
​MCM Elegante Suites
4250 Ridgemont Dr.
Abilene, TX 79606
(325) 698-1234
Dec. 18
San Antonio
Omni Hotels & Resorts Colonnade San Antonio
9821 Colonnade Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210) 691-8888
Dec. 20
Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76701
(254) 754-8484
Dec. 20

Agenda subject to change. Please check back for updates.

8:30 a.m. Registration
9-9:50 a.m. Welcome

"Life in the Fish Bowl - A Survival Guide for New Officials"

This realistic video demonstrates how easily an uninformed public official can get into trouble.


Basics of the County Government System
A look at the various county government offices and how each affects the others. See how they all must work together to get the job done.

Introduction to the Texas Association of Counties (TAC)
A brief overview of the history and structure of TAC.

TAC Services Overview
9:50-10:05 a.m. Break
10:05-11:05 a.m. Trends in HR: Top 10 Management Challenges
A discussion on the pitfalls that can occur in hiring, discipline and termination.
11:05-11:30 a.m. Peer-to-Peer Networking: What Are All These Different Associations and How Do They Relate to Me?
Learn about the association specific to your office and what it offers you, including newly elected officials orientation and mandatory continuing education.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch (provided)
12:30-1 p.m. Guide to TAC's website and Texas Counties Deliver
Take a tour of the TAC website and learn how the Texas Counties Deliver campaign can help you improve the public's understanding of the value of county government and the essential services it provides.
1-2 p.m. Open Government 101: Public Information Act and Open Meetings Act
Understand how being an elected official affects how you communicate about county business. A simple act, such as having coffee with two friends, may violate the law. This session helps you conduct the public's business without getting into trouble.
2-2:15 p.m. Break
2:15-2:45 p.m. Working with Legislature
A discussion on the importance of being involved in the legislative process.
2:45-3:15 p.m. Open Government 102: Conflicts of Interest, Nepotism and Ethics
An overview of the legal requirements that shape how you can transact county business. Learn why hiring your relatives is prohibited, who you can and can't do business with and other ways you can stay out of trouble.
3:15-3:30 p.m. Break
3:30-4 p.m. Working Effectively in County Government
Former county officials review the need for building relationships to make your job easier and more effective. Learn tips on dealing with the media, including social media.
4-4:30 p.m. Questions
An open discussion to answer your questions about holding office and county government.
4:30 p.m. Adjourn

These one-day meetings are scheduled at locations near your county to allow travel to and from the meeting on the same day.  No special arrangements are made for overnight accommodations.
If you do require an overnight stay, we suggest you call the hotel and ask for the state government rate.  Rate subject to hotel availability.

No continuing education hours will be offered with this course.

If you need to cancel your registration, please contact Amy Lawson in the TAC Education Department at (800) 456-5974.

If you have questions about these workshops or need assistance, contact Amy Lawson at (800) 456-5974.

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