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

July 12 - 15, 2021

Waco Convention Center
100 Washington Ave.
Waco, TX 76701

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

Our 2021 conference will focus on providing valuable information to support county government and aid commissioners courts in all they do in Texas for Texans. The conference will also highlight pertinent topics such as county road maintenance, environmental regulations and civil rights issues. In addition, this event will offer attendees 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 or domino tournament on Wednesday afternoon. Other opportunities include the Exhibitor Appreciation Reception on Monday and the Host Court Night on Tuesday.

Once again, the North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association will offer early bird sessions, set for Monday, July 12, that will provide four hours of administrative training for commissioners court members.

Agenda Changes

This year, the inspirational breakfast will take place on Wednesday morning. 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.
  • Better understand the legislative issues affecting Texas county government.

Spouse Activities

Activities for spouses will be arranged for Tuesday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 14. Final details will be available on www.county.org.

Education Co-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.

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 Box, assistant to the president, at frances@johnsoncountytx.org.  

Vendors

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

The host hotels are the Hilton Waco and Courtyard by Marriott. 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 June 19, so make your reservations early. All reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis 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 forty-eight (48) hours before the scheduled date of arrival.

Host Hotels

Hilton Waco
113 S. University Parks Dr.
Waco, TX 76701
(254) 754-8484
Room rate: $159 per night for single/double
Click here to reserve your room at the Hilton Waco

Courtyard by Marriott
101 Washington Ave.
Waco, TX 76701
(254) 752-8686
Room rate: $154 per night for single/double
Click here to reserve your room at the Courtyard by Marriott

For more overflow hotel options, please check the conference website at county.org.

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

Monday, July 12​
4:30-6 p.m. Exhibitor Appreciation Reception​
Tuesday, July 13
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Spouses Event
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
6-10 p.m. Host Court Night
Wednesday, July 14
7-8 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
10 a.m.–4 p.m. Spouses Event
noon Domino Luncheon and Tournament
noon Golf Luncheon and Tournament
Thursday, July 15
7:30-11:10 a.m. Association Business Meeting and Installation of Officers Breakfast

*Agenda is subject to change

Monday, July 12
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. County Budgeting
Speaker: Hon. Tramer Woytek, Judicial Education Liaison, TAC
10:50–11:40 a.m. Adopting and Calculating the Tax Rate
Speaker: Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor
11:40 a.m.–12:20 p.m. Provided Lunch for Early Bird Session
12:20–1:10 p.m. Agendas, Postings and Open Meeting Requirements
Speaker: Hon. Mary Cunningham, Judicial Program Manager, Texas Association of Counties
1:10–2 p.m. Communicating the Budget to the Public
Speaker: Dr. Peter McGuill, Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
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, July 13
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. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
Opening General Session
8–8:50 a.m. Call to Order and Announcements

Invocation

Hon. Paul Cothren, Cass County Commissioner

Presentation of Colors
McLennan County Sheriff’s Department

Pledge to the US and Texas Flags
Hon. Byron Ryder

National Anthem
Mr. Terrance Reed

Introduction of Officers

Greetings

Introduction of Past Presidents
8:50–9:40 a.m. Opening Keynote: Staying Bold in a Cold World
9:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Spouses Event
Makers Edge │ Lunch place
9:40–10:40 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Chisholm Hall
Sponsored by: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Professional Associations
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)
Diamond Backs
Sponsored by: Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
Commissioners Education Session
Brazos Ballroom
1–1:50 p.m. 4.006 Fees and Revenue
Speaker: Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor
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
Chisholm Hall
3:35–4:25 p.m. Road Repair Maintenance
4:25–5:15 p.m. Subdivision Regulations
5:15 p.m. Commissioners Recess
Judicial Education Session
1–2 p.m. Drugged Driving
2–3 p.m. Rules of Evidence
3–3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:15–4:15 p.m. Mental Health Procedures
4:15–5:15 p.m. Probate / Guardianship
5:15 p.m. Judges Recess
6–10 p.m. Host Court Night
The Base
Coordinated and sponsored by: McLennan County Commissioners Court
Wednesday, July 14
7-8 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
Speaker: Pastor Cody Howard, Church Under the Bridge
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. 4.024 Redistricting
9:20–10:20 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Chisholm Hall
10:20–11:10 a.m. 3.018 Environmental Issues
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m. Spouses Event
Various Locations
River Boat Cruise, Mammoth Museum
11:10 a.m.–noon 4.021 Strategic Planning
Noon Lunch on Your Own
Noon Domino Luncheon and Tournament
Noon Golf Luncheon and Tournament
Commissioner Court Advanced Curriculum Session
1–1:50 p.m. 2.003 County Clerk
Speaker: Hon. Andy Harwell, McLennan County Clerk
1:50–2 p.m. Refreshment Break
2–2:50 p.m. 2.015 Juvenile Probation Officer
Speaker: Mr. Collin Coker, Juvenile Probation Officer, McLennan County
2:50 p.m. Recess
Thursday, July 15
7:30–11:10 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
8-9 a.m. Association Business Meeting and Installation of Officers Breakfast
9–9:30 a.m. Refreshment Break
Closing General Session
Brazos Ballroom
9:30–10:20 a.m. 3.006 Personnel Policies
10:20–11:10 a.m. 4.017 Communications: Future of Broadband Access
11:10 a.m. Adjourn

*Agenda is subject to change

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 credit for county judges.

Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum (CCAC)

This program includes 10 hours of credit toward CCAC Certification.

Early Bird Session

Four additional hours for commissioners are approved and will be offered on Monday, July 12.

Continuing Education Type Hours
Commissioners 17
Judges 4

Conference cancellations and all refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) by May 28 (less the administrative fee). Refunds after May 28 will be subject to an administrative fee equal to half of the registration fee. No refund requests will be honored after July 29.

Please email cancellations to Rachel Kucera at RachelK@county.org or fax to (512) 477-1324.

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 Box, assistant to the president, at frances@johnsoncountytx.org.

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

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