Preparing to Take Office Workshops

December 7 - 18, 2020

Various Locations

For more information, contact Amy Lawson or Megan West 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 2019):
judges, commissioners, treasurers, county clerks, district clerks, county/district clerks, constables, justices of the peace, sheriffs, tax assessor-collectors, county attorneys, district attorneys and auditors.

Registration Fees

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

Dates and Locations

Dec. 7, Lubbock
Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401
Dec. 7, Tyler
Holiday Inn Tyler
5701 S. Broadway Ave.
Tyler, TX 757034:30-6 p.m.
Dec. 8, Lubbock
Overton Hotel
2322 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, TX 79401
Dec. 8, Tyler
Holiday Inn Tyler
5701 S. Broadway Ave.
Tyler, TX 75703
Dec. 10, College Station
Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center
177 Joe Routt Blvd.
College Station, TX 77840
Dec. 10, Odessa
Odessa Marriot Hotel & Conference Center
305 E. Fifth St.
Odessa, TX 79761
Dec. 15, Corpus Christi
Omni Corpus Christi Hotel
900 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
Dec. 15, Abilene
Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. Sixth St.
Abilene, TX 79601
Dec. 17, San Antonio
Omni Hotels at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
Dec. 17, Waco
Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76701
Dec. 18, San Antonio
Omni Hotels at the Colonnade
9821 Colonnade Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78230
Dec. 18, Georgetown
Sheraton Georgetown Hotel
1101 Woodlawn St.
Georgetown, TX 78628

How Event Staff Are Keeping You Safe

Event staff will wear protective face coverings and gloves in all public areas of the meeting venue.

Event staff will practice physical distancing with Plexiglas shields and/or face shields at registration desk; place floor markers at registration area, meeting rooms, exhibit halls and food and beverage stations.

Event staff will clean and sanitize frequently touched surfaces and provide hand sanitizer for all attendees.

Event staff will conduct a daily symptom assessment of themselves.

Find the full list of guidelines and processes here*.

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 require an overnight stay, we suggest you call the hotel and ask for the state government rate or the TAC Preparing to Take Office Workshop rate. Rate subject to hotel availability.

8:30 a.m. Registration & Continental Breakfast
9-9:30 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.
Introduction to the Texas Association of Counties (TAC)

A brief overview of the history and structure of TAC.
TAC Services Overview
1-4:30 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
9:30-10 a.m. You Can Go to Jail for That? 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.
10-10:15 a.m. Break
10:15-11:15 a.m. Trends in HR: Top 10 Management Challenges
A discussion on the pitfalls that can occur in hiring, discipline and termination.
11:15-11:30 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.
11:30-12:30 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 the Legislature  
A discussion on the importance of being involved in the legislative process.
2:45-3:15 p.m. Working Effectively in County Government and the County Government System
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. Take 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.
3:15-3:45 p.m. Questions
An open discussion to answer your questions about holding office and county government.
3:45 p.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change

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

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