97th Annual County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas Conference

October 7 - 10, 2019

Moody Gardens Hotel and Conference Center
Seven Hope Blvd
Galveston, 77554

For more information, contact Michele Ewerz or Rachel Kucera at (800) 456-5974.

Education that is Informative

This year's conference offers up-to-date information about how officials can best support their counties.

Education Co-Sponsor

Co-sponsored by the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

Continuing Education

17 hours of continuing education has been approved for county commissioners. This includes four hours of credit offered Wednesday afternoon in the Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum session. The County Judges Education Committee has approved four hours of judicial education credit for the Tuesday afternoon Judicial Education session.

Advanced Curriculum

Learn more about your county offices. On Wednesday afternoon, take advantage of four advanced curriculum courses. County officials have the opportunity to obtain credits to complete the advanced curriculum. We will present certificates during Thursday's luncheon banquet to those who have completed the curriculum.

Registration Fees

(Includes tickets to all events including spouse programs)
Member (county is a member of CJCA): Early Registration $225/After Sept. 12 $250
Non-County Government/Corporate: Early Registration $500/After Sept. 12 $550
Additional luncheon tickets (non-spouse): $60 each

Scheduled Activities

Several fun activities give you an opportunity to network with officials from across the state, including the President’s Party and Exhibitor Appreciation Night. Have a great time at Host Court Night. Wednesday is also the popular tournament afternoon and spouse day of activities.

Vendor Information

For information on vendor registration, please go to the County Progress website or contact Sarah Lazarowitz.

Sponsor Information

For information on sponsorship, please contact Anderson County Judge Robert Johnston at (903) 723-7406.

Association Officers

Hon. Robert Johnston, President
Anderson County Judge

Hon. Chuck Statler, First Vice President
Taylor County Commissioner

Hon. Ben Zeller, Second Vice President
Victoria County Judge

Hon. Alma Moreno, Immediate Past President
San Patricio County Commissioner

Please remember to bring a door prize.

Hotel Accommodations

The host hotel is The Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. You must register for the conference before reserving your sleeping room.

Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center (HOTEL FULL)
7 Hope Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
 

Room Rate

$139 per night under the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas room block.

Cut-off date for accepting reservations into this room block is Sept. 13. All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

Reservations cancellations must be made 48 hours prior to arrival.

Hotels in the area

Hampton Inn & Suites Galveston
6431 Central City Boulevard
Galveston, TX 77551
(409) 744-5600

Best Western Plus Galveston Suites
8502 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 740-4300

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Galveston West – Seawall
8628 Seawall Blvd
Galveston, TX 77554
(409) 740-7900

If special accommodations are needed, please contact Michele Ewerz at (800) 456-5974.

Please email Rachel Kucera or send a fax to (512) 477-1324 to cancel your conference registration or hotel reservation. This will help move fellow attendees off of the wait list. We kindly request you do not post your reservation on the listserv, as this hinders the wait list management.

Monday, Oct. 7
4:30-6 p.m. President's Party and Exhibitor Appreciation Night
Sponsored by: County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Tuesday, Oct. 8
7:30-8 a.m. Welcome Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: George P. Bane, Inc./Bane Machinery, Inc
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
Spouses will enjoy a morning of pampering and relaxation at the Moody Gardens Spa. While waiting on your treatment, enjoy morning breakfast refreshments in the meeting room located near the spa. After all the pampering, enjoy a culinary adventure with a cooking class designed to get you excited about food and cooking!
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Sponsored by: Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
6-9 p.m. County Judges and Commissioners Association Dinner
Sponsored by: County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas  
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau   
Moody Gardens Hotel
Band sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Wednesday, Oct. 9
7:30 a.m. Tournament Day Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: ROMCO Equipment Co.
11 a.m. Luncheon Banquet and Installation of officers
Sponsored by: McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C
1-5 p.m. Bobby Smith Memorial Golf Tournament
Sponsored by: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
1-5 p.m. Domino Tournament
Coordinated by: Hon. J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County Commissioner
Sponsored by: LaSalle Corrections
1-5:30 p.m. Fishing Excursion
Sponsored by: Indigent Healthcare Solutions
Thursday, Oct. 10
7-7:45 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by: The Railroad Yard, Inc.
Wright Asphalt Products Co.
7:30-8 a.m. Morning Coffee
Sponsored by: BNSF Railway
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP

*Agenda is subject to change
Monday, Oct. 7
1-5:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk
1-6 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open/Dedicated Time with Exhibitors
Sponsored by: Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation
Kofile Technology, Inc.
1-4:30 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
2-5 p.m. Standing Committee Meetings:
Resolutions
Nominations
Site Selection
4:30-6 p.m. President's Party and Exhibitor Appreciation Night
Sponsored by: County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Evening Free Night
 
Tuesday, Oct. 8
7:30-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
7:30-5 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30-8 a.m. Welcome Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: George P. Bane, Inc./Bane Machinery, Inc
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
Opening General Session
8-8:20 a.m. Welcome and Greetings
8:20-9:10 a.m. 4.016 Leadership: Undercurrents from the Last Legislature and Predictions about the One to Come
Speaker: Mr. Harvey Kronberg, Executive Editor, Quorum Report
9:10-9:55 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Professional Associations
9:55-10:45 a.m. 3.013 Working with the Legislature
Moderator: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Speakers: Area Legislators
10:45-11:35 a.m. 3.003 Lawmaking
Moderator: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Speakers: Area Legislators
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
Spouses will enjoy a morning of pampering and relaxation at the Moody Gardens Spa. While waiting on your treatment, enjoy morning breakfast refreshments in the meeting room located near the spa. After all the pampering, enjoy a culinary adventure with a cooking class designed to get you excited about food and cooking!
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Sponsored Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: AT&T
11:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Sponsored by: Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
Judicial Education
1-2 p.m. Current Guardianship and Probate Considerations
2-3 p.m. DWI Sentencing Options: Pretrial Diversion and Deferred Adjudication
Speaker: Hon. Ryan Kellus Turner, General Counsel and Director of Education, Texas Municipal Courts Education Center
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Hilltop Securities Inc.
3:15-4:15 p.m. Legislative Update
Speakers: Hon. Mary Cunningham, Judicial Program Manager, Texas Association of Counties
Mr. Rick Thompson, Senior Legislative Liaison, Texas Association of Counties
4:15-5:15 p.m. Moderated Discussion
Moderator: Hon. Mary Cunningham, Judicial Program Manager, Texas Association of Counties
Speakers: Hon. Woodrow Gossom Jr., Wichita County Judge
Hon. Stephanie Moreno, Bee County Judge
Hon. Tramer Woytek, Lavaca County Judge
Commissioners Education
1-1:50 p.m. 3.019 Subdivision Regulations
1:50-2:40 p.m. 4.020 Negotiating Technology Contracts
Speaker: Mr. Chuck Kimbrough, Partner, Bickerstaff Health Delgado Acosta LLP
2:40-3:10 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
3:10-4 p.m. 3.016 County Roads: Speed and Weight Limits and Traffic Control
Speaker: Mr. Don Bonifay, Owner, Bonifay & Associates, Engineering and Construction Management
4-4:50 p.m. 4.023 Grantseeking
Speaker: Mr. Trent Thomas, State Legislative Affairs Director, Texas Department of Transportation
6-9 p.m. County Judges and Commissioners Association Dinner
Sponsored by: County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Moody Gardens Hotel
Band sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
 
Wednesday, Oct. 9
7:30 a.m. Tournament Day Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: ROMCO Equipment Co.
7:30-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk
General Session
8-8:50 a.m. 4.024 Redistricting
Speakers: Mr. Kenneth Leonard, Partnership Specialist, Census 2020
Mr. Bob Bass, Partner, Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
8:50-9:40 a.m. 3.017 Public Information Act
Speaker: Mr. Eric Magee, Partner, Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
9:40-10:30 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Texas Political Subdivision
Wright Asphalt Products Co.
10:30-11 a.m. Association Business Meeting
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Luncheon Banquet and Installation of Officers
Sponsored by: McCreary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen, P.C
1-5 p.m. Domino Tournament
Coordinated by: Hon. J.D. Johnson, Tarrant County Commissioner
Sponsored by: LaSalle Corrections
1-5 p.m. Bobby Smith Memorial Golf Tournament
Sponsored by: Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
1-5:30 p.m. Fishing Excursion
Sponsored by: Indigent Healthcare Solutions
Advanced Curriculum Education
1-1:50 p.m. 2.005 County Treasurer
Speaker: Hon. Dolores Ortega-Carter, Travis County Treasurer
1:50-2:40 p.m. 2.010 Justice of the Peace
Speaker: Hon. Karen Diaz, San Patricio Justice of the Peace
2:40-2:55 p.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Hilltop Securities Inc.
2:55-3:45 p.m. 2.011 Constable
Speaker: Hon. Carlos Lopez, Travis County Constable
3:45-4:35 p.m. 2.009 District Attorney
Speaker: Hon. Bob Wortham, Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney
Evening Free Night
 
Thursday, Oct. 10
7-7:45 a.m. Prayer Breakfast
Sponsored by: The Railroad Yard, Inc.
Wright Asphalt Products Co.
7:30-8 a.m. Morning Coffee
Sponsored by: BNSF Railway
Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott, LLP
7:30-11:30 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
Closing General Session
8-8:50 a.m. 4.008 County Tax Rate
8:50-9:40 a.m. 4.011 Budgeting
Speaker: Mr. Michael B. Gary, Senior Counsel, Fiscal & Agency Affairs Legal Services Division, Property Tax Assistance, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
9:40-10:10 a.m. Refreshment Break
Sponsored by: Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
10:10-11 a.m. 4.018 Terrorism Prevention: Courthouse Security and Cybersecurity
Speakers: Mr. Hector Gomez, Court Security Director, Office of Court Administration
Hon. Jill Sklar, Jackson County Judge
11-11:50 a.m. 4.017 Phones – Communications: Emergency Management Communications
Speaker: Chief W. Nim Kidd, Chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Safety, Vice Chancellor for Disaster and Emergency Services, Texas A&M University

*Agenda is subject to change

Continuing Education

17 hours of continuing education has been approved for county commissioners. The County Judges Education Committee has approved four hours of judicial education credit for the Tuesday afternoon Judicial Education session.

Advanced Curriculum

Learn more about your county offices. On Wednesday afternoon, take advantage of four advanced curriculum courses. County officials have the opportunity to obtain credits to complete the advanced curriculum. We will present certificates during Thursday’s luncheon banquet to those who have completed the curriculum.

Conference registration forms must be received by Oct. 1. If registering after Oct. 1, please register onsite at the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa and Convention Center. We will process payment and provide name badges and conference materials.

Registration cancellations must be in writing (fax acceptable) at least 72 hours prior to the conference to receive a refund, minus a $10 processing fee. For more information, please contact the TAC Education Department at (800) 456-5974 or email Rachel Kucera.

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