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

May 11 - 14, 2020

The Fredonia Hotel and Convention Center
200 N Fredonia St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75961

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

Our 2020 conference will focus on providing valuable information to support county government and aid commissioner courts in all they do in Texas for Texans. The conference will also highlight pertinent topics such as county road maintenance, environmental issues, and civil rights issues. 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 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.

Once again, the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association will offer early bird sessions on Monday, May 11, that will provide four hours of administrative training for county commissioners court members.

Agenda Changes

This year, the inspirational breakfast will take place on Wednesday morning in the hotel’s restaurant, 1st City Café. Thursday morning’s breakfast will include the Association’s Business Meeting and Installation of Officers.

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 12, and Wednesday, May 13. More details will be available when final.

Association Officers

Hon. Sydney Murphy, President
Polk County Judge

Hon. Paul Cothren, 1st Vice President
Cass County Commissioner

Hon. Jason Brinkley, 2nd Vice President
Cooke County Judge

Hon. Kelly Traylor, Secretary/Treasurer
Cherokee County Commissioner

Hon. Rick Bailey, Immediate Past President
Johnson County Commissioner

Become a Board Member

Interested in serving on the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Board? Click here to fill out an application.

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 Kari Miller, assistant to the president.

Vendors

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

The host hotel is The Fredonia Hotel. Please request the "North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association" room block or use the group online codes listed below when reserving your sleeping room. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is April 20, 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.

A valid credit card is required to hold the reservation. To avoid a one-night cancellation fee, the reservation must be canceled seventy-two (72) hours before the scheduled date of arrival.

Host Hotel

The Fredonia Hotel (FULL)
200 N Fredonia St
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
(936) 564-1234
Room rate: $119 per night for single/double
If you need to cancel your room or be added to the waitlist, please contact Rachel Kucera at (800) 456-5974.

Overflow Hotels

Holiday Inn Express
200 Holiday Lane
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
(936) 564-0100
Room rate: $94 per night for single/double

Hampton Inn & Suites
3625 South St.
Nacogdoches, TX 75964
(936) 560-9904
Room rate: $102 per night
To make a reservation online, click here.

Monday, May 11
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Early Bird Session
4:30-6 p.m. Exhibitor Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, May 12
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
6-10 p.m. Host Court Night
Wednesday, May 13
7-8 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
Noon Domino Luncheon and Tournament

Golf Luncheon and Tournament
Thursday, May 14
8-9 a.m. Association Business Meeting and Installlation of Officers Breakfast

*Agenda is subject to change

Monday, May 11
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
Early Bird Session
9:30 a.m. Coffee Break
10-10:50 a.m. Overview of Senate Bill 2
10:50-11:40 a.m. Property Values and Calculations
11:40 a.m.-12:20 p.m. Provided Lunch for Early Bird Session
12:20-1:10 p.m. County Budgeting Overview
1:10-2 p.m. Implementing SB 2: Practical Considerations and Budget
3-4:30 p.m. Refreshments in the Exhibit Hall
Committee Meetings
3-5 p.m. Resolutions Committee

Nominations Committee

Site Selection Committee
4:30-6 p.m. Exhibitor Appreciation Reception
Tuesday, May 12
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
7:30 a.m.-3:45 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
Opening General Session
8-8:50 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
8:50-9:40 a.m. Keynote Sessions - 3.010 Building Better Relations: Made in Texas
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouses Event
9:40-10:40 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:40-11:30 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
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Lunch on your own
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Commissioners Education Session
1-1:50 p.m. 4.005 Purchasing Applications
1:50-2:40 p.m. 4.013 Risk Management: Road Safety Issues
2:40-3:35 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:35-4:25 p.m. Road Repair Grants
4:25-5:15 p.m. County Road Maintenance
5:15 p.m. Commissioners Recess
Judicial Education Session
1-2 p.m. Guardianship and Probate Issues in Mental Health and Intellectual Disability Cases
2-3 p.m. Impaired and Distracted Driving Issues and Motions
3-3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15-4:15 p.m. Texas Commission on Jail Standards Update
4:15-5:15 p.m. Moderated Discussion
5:15 p.m. Judges Recess
6-10 p.m. Host Court Night
Wednesday, May 13
7-8 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
8 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
8-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
General Session
8:30-9:20 a.m. 3.007 Civil Rights Issues
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouses Event
9:20-10:20 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
10:20-11:10 a.m. 3.018 Environmental Issues
11:10 a.m.-noon 4.021 Strategic Planning
Noon Lunch on your own

Domino Luncheon and Tournament

Golf Luncheon and Tournament
Commissioner Court Advanced Curriculum Session
1-1:50 p.m. 2.001 County Judge
1:50-2 p.m. Refreshment Break
2-2:50 p.m. 2.015 Juvenile Probation Officer
2:50 p.m. Recess
Thursday, May 14
7:30 a.m.-noon Registration and Information Desk Open
Association Business Meeting and Installation of Officers Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Business Meeting Agenda
 - Financial Report
 - Committee Reports
 - Election of Officers

Installation of Officers
9-9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
General Session
9:30-10:20 a.m. 3.011 Councils of Government
10:20-11:10 a.m. 4.015 Records Management
11:10 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 17 hours of continuing education for county commissioners (Including the Early Bird Session).

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 eleven hours of credit towards CCAC Certification.

Early Bird Session

Four hours have been approved and will be offered on Monday, May 11.

Conference cancellations and all refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) by April 27 (less the administrative fee). Refunds after April 27 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after May 29.

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

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