North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Annual Conference and Business Meeting

May 13 - 16, 2019

Brazos County Expo
Cavalry Court and The George
College Station, TX 77840

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

Our 2019 conference will focus on commissioners courts coming together to stand united, not only in our counties but throughout the 86th legislative session. Creating a unified front, we will not divide and we will not fail. The conference will also highlight pertinent topics such as road maintenance and construction, payroll policies, and basic taxation. In addition, this event provides a great opportunity to get together with fellow judges and commissioners from North and East Texas and across the state.

The conference agenda is crafted to include the latest information on hot topics in county government as well as advanced curriculum sessions. However, not all of the learning will take place in the classroom. You may network with other officials during the golf tournament, domino tournament, or skeet shoot on Wednesday afternoon. Other opportunities include the Exhibitor Appreciation Reception on Monday and Host Court Night on Tuesday featuring country singer Johnny Rodriguez.

Once again, the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association will offer some early bird sessions: For example, Monday, May 13, will feature four hours of administrative training for county commissioners court members.

Special Addition

Among the sessions, the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association will offer a License-to-Carry class ($75 per person) on Monday, May 13. Click here for more details.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this conference, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate new leadership skills through knowledge, training and ideas gained from educational sessions;

  • Better understand the duties of other county offices and the role they play in county government; and

  • Better understand the legislative issues effecting Texas county government.

Spouse Activities

Activities for spouses will be arranged for Tuesday, May 14, and Wednesday, May 15. Final plans will be available on www.county.org.

Association Officers

Hon. Rick Bailey, President
Johnson County Commissioner

Hon. Sydney Murphy, 1st Vice President
Polk County Judge

Hon. Paul Cothren, 2nd Vice President
Cass County Commissioner

Hon. Jason Brinkley, Secretary/Treasurer
Cooke County Judge

Hon. Byron Ryder, Immediate Past President
Leon County Judge

Sponsors and Contributors

Our sincerest thanks to these businesses and their representatives. Without the participation and support of these folks, the special events presented at this conference would not be possible.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Frances T. Box, assistant to the president.

Vendors

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

Reservations and Hotel Rates

The Calvary Court and The George are the host hotels. Request the “North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners” room block or use group codes below when reserving your sleeping room. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is April 21 so make your reservations early. All reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis only and at the prevailing hotel rates.

When reservations are made, a deposit equal to the room rate and tax for the first night for each reservation is required. An individual’s deposit is refundable to that individual only if the hotel receives notice of cancellation at least 72 hours prior to scheduled arrival.

Hotel check-in is 3 p.m.; checkout is noon.
Room rates for the host hotels: $129 per night for single/double

The Calvary Court
200 Century Ct.
College Station, TX 77840
(844) 313-7337
Group Online Code: NAETCJCACA2835

The George
180 Century Ct.
College Station, TX 77840
(844) 599-3871
Group Online Code: NAETCJCACA2146

Other nearby hotels:

Home2 Suites by Hilton College Station
300 Texas Ave.
College Station, TX 77840

Hampton Inn College Station
320 Texas Ave.
College Station, TX 77840

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Bryan College Station
4613 S Texas Ave.
Bryan, TX 77802

Monday, May 13
8 a.m.-3 p.m. License to Carry Course
View more details here
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Early Bird Session
6-9 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner
Tuesday, May 14
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
6-9 p.m. Host Court Night
Coordinated and sponosred by: Brazos County Commissioners Court
Live music: Johnny Rodriguez
Wednesday, May 15
Noon Domino Luncheon and Tournament
Sponsored by: LaSalle Southwest Corrections
Noon Golf Luncheon Tournament
Noon Skeet Luncheon Tournament
Thursday, May 16
8-9 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
9-9:40 a.m. Association Business Meeting and Installation of Officers

Scheduled activities are subject to change
Monday, May 13
The George
7 a.m. Registration and Information Desk set up
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
License-To-Carry Course
View more details here
8 a.m.-noon Classroom Portion
Instructor: Hon. Paul Cothren, Cass County Commissioner; 2nd Vice President, North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Noon-12:30 p.m. Grab-and-go lunch for License-to-Carry Course
12:30-3 p.m. Range Portion
Gunsmoke Shooting Range
Early Bird Session
10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. County Budgeting 101
The Cavalry Court
2-3:30 p.m. Resolutions Committee
2-3:30 p.m. Nominations Committee
3-5 p.m. Site Selection Committee
6-9 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner
 
Tuesday, May 14
Brazos County Expo Center
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Exhibit Hall open
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
Opening General Session
8-8:50 a.m. Call to Order and Announcements
Invocation
Presentation of Colors
Pledge to the U.S. and Texas Flags
National Anthem
Introduction of Officers
Greetings
Introduction of Past Presidents
9-9:50 a.m. Active Shooter Defense
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouses Event
9:50-10:50 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:50-11:40 a.m. 3.013 Working with the Legislature: Legislative Panel
Moderator: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Speakers: Area legislators
11:40 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
11:40 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Sponsored by: Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
Commissioners Education Session
1-1:50 p.m. Basic Road Construction
1:50-2:40 p.m. Best Practices on Road Maintenance
2:40-3:35 p.m. Refreshment break in the Exhibit Hall
3:35-4:25 p.m. 4.004 County Purchasing: Road Equipment and Materials
4:25-5:15 p.m. 4.002 Personnel Policy: Payroll
5:15 p.m. Commissioners Recess
Judicial Education Session
1-2 p.m. Session
2-3 p.m. Session
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment break
3:15-4:15 p.m. Session
4:15-5:15 p.m. Session
5:15 p.m. Judges recess
7-10 p.m. Host Court Night
Coordinated and sponsored by: Brazos County Commissioners Court
Live music: Johnny Rodriguez
 
Wednesday, May 15
Brazos County Expo Center
7:30-11:30 a.m. Registration and Information Desk open
7:30-11:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall open
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
General Session
8-8:50 a.m. 3.001 Open Meetings Act
8:50-9:50 a.m. Refreshment break in the Exhibit Hall
9:50-10:40 a.m. 4.014 Ethics: Abuse of Power
10:40-11:30 a.m. Public Power Pool
11:30 a.m. Lunch on your own
The Cavalry Court
Noon Domino Luncheon and Tournament
Noon Golf Luncheon and Tournament
Noon Skeet Luncheon and Tournament
The George
1-2:50 p.m. Registration and Information Desk open
Commissioner Court Advanced Curriculum Session
1-1:50 p.m. 2.004 District Clerk
1:50-2 p.m. Refreshment break
2-2:50 p.m. 2.016 Community Supervision and Corrections Department
2:50 p.m. Recess
 
Thursday, May 16
The George
7:30 a.m.-noon Registration and Information Desk open
8-9 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Coffee
Association Business Meeting and Installation of Officers
9-9:40 a.m. Business Meeting Agenda
Financial Report
Committee Reports
Election of Officers
Installation of Officers
General Session
9:40-10:30 a.m. 4.007 Basic Taxation
10:30-10:40 a.m. Refreshment break
10:40-11:30 a.m. 3.002 Commissions and Committees: Texas Commission on Jail Standards
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

Agenda is subject to change.

Education Sponsor

Special thanks to the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, for serving as the education program co-sponsor for this conference.

Commissioners Hours

This program is approved for 13 hours of continuing education for county commissioners.

Judges Hours

The judicial education session on Tuesday afternoon is approved for four hours of continuing education for county judges.

Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum

This program includes nine hours of credit towards CCAC Certification.

Early Bird Session

Four additional hours for Commissioners will be offered on Monday, May 13.

Cancellations and all refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) by April 29 (less the administrative fee). Refunds after April 29 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after May 30.

Please email cancellations to Rachel Kucera or fax to (512) 477-1324.

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