93rd Annual West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference

April 19 - 22, 2022

Arlington Convention Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

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

92nd Annual West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
April 20-23, 2021

Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Odessa, TX 76903

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

Overview

Our 2021 conference will provide valuable information on road and bridge grants, courthouse security, legislative updates and other timely topics that affect your daily operations as an elected official. This event also offers a great opportunity to get together with fellow judges and commissioners from West Texas and across the state.

The conference agenda was crafted to include the latest information on hot topics in county government, as well as advanced curriculum sessions. But not all of the learning will take place in the classroom. You may also choose to network with other officials during the golf, domino, 42 or pool tournaments on Thursday afternoon. Other opportunities include the Welcome Reception and the Host Court Night on Tuesday, the Dinner and Dance on Wednesday and the Installation Luncheon on Thursday.

Traditions

Naming the County Official of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award recipients is always a highlight of the conference. Nominations for these awards may be sent to the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association: John Nanny, Irion County Commissioner, P.O. Box 129, Barnhart, TX 76930, or emailed to nanny_john@yahoo.com.

Another tradition is the annual scholarship program. College scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $750 will be awarded to three applicants during the conference. The application deadline is April 1, 2021. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be a child, grandchild or individual under the legal guardianship of a current West Texas county judge or commissioner. All applicants must also be a current resident of a county in the West Texas region, as well as a graduating senior of the class of 2021 from a high school within the 118-county West Texas region. To download the application, click here.

Interested in Serving on the West Texas CJCA Board?

If you are interested in serving on the Board of the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, please contact First Vice President and Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley, (817) 884-1441. Here is the application and detailed information explaining what serving on the Board entails.

Spouse Activities

Activities for spouses will be arranged for Wednesday. More details will be available when arrangements have been completed.

Continuing Education

An application is pending approval for 14 continuing education hours for commissioners. Four additional hours will be offered on Tuesday, April 20, during the early bird session. Four judicial education credit hours for the judicial training for county judges on Wednesday, April 21, have been approved.

Vendor Information

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

Sponsors Information

For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Irion County Commissioner John Nanny by calling (325) 876-5108

Association Officers

Hon. John Nanny, President
Irion County Commissioner

Hon. Glen Whitley, First Vice President
Tarrant County Judge

Hon. Kirk Frye, Second Vice President
Parmer County Commissioner

Hon. Rex Fields, Past President
astland County Judge

Association Directors

Hon. Cindy Irwin
Hutchinson County Judge

Hon. Roger Morris
ldham County Commissioner

Hon. Mike DeLoach
Lamb County Judge

Please remember to bring a door prize.

The host hotel is the Odessa Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Please request the “West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association” room block when reserving your sleeping room. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is March 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. Guests will need to guarantee reservations with a credit card. Reservations canceled within 48 hours of expected arrival will be billed to the credit card that was used to guarantee the reservation.

Host Hotel

Odessa Marriott Hotel and Conference Center HOTEL FULL
305 E. Fifth St.
Odessa, TX 79761
(432) 580-5805
Room rate: $179 per night
Reserve your room here.

Overflow Hotel

MCM Elegante
5200 East University
Odessa, TX 79762
(432) 362-8958
Room rate: $169.99 per night

If you need to cancel your room or be added to the waitlist, please contact Rachel Kucera at rachelk@county.org or (800) 456-5974.

If special accommodations are needed, please contact Michele Ewerz at (800) 456-5974 or by email at michelee@county.org
Tuesday, April 20
2-4:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
6-9 p.m. Host Court Night

Hurt Ranch │ 6 p.m.
Sponsored by: Ector County Commissioners Court
Transportation provided by: Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Wednesday, April 21
TBD Spouse Event
Noon Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Dance

Dos Amigos │ 6:30 p.m.
Live music by Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
Sponsored by Warren CAT
Transportation provided by Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tuesday, April 22
7 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
11:30 a.m. Installation Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament

Sponsored by Yellowhouse Machinery Co.
1:30 p.m. Pool Tournament
1:30 p.m. Domino and 42 Tournaments
9 p.m. President’s Farewell Jam Session
Tuesday, April 20
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Exhibitors Setup
Early Bird Session: Planning and Communicating Your County’s Budget
9:30-10:20 a.m. County Budgeting

Speaker: Hon. Tramer Woytek, Judicial Education Liaison, Texas Association of Counties (TAC)
10:20-11:10 a.m. Adopting and Calculating the Tax Rate
11:10-11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Agendas, Postings and Open Meeting Requirements

Speaker: Hon. Mary Cunningham, Judicial Program Manager, TAC
12:10-1:10 p.m. Provided Lunch for Early Bird Session
1:10-2 p.m. Communicating to the Public

Speaker: Dr. Peter McGuill, Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Standing Committee Meeting
2 p.m. Nominations Committee
Resolutions Committee
Conference City Committee
Scholarship Committee
2-4:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
4:30 p.m. Board Meeting
Host Court Night

Hurt Ranch │ 6 p.m.
Sponsored by: Ector County Commissio
Transportation provided by: Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Wednesday, April 21
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
Opening General Session
8-8:30 a.m. Call to Order

Hon. John Nanny, Irion County Commissioner; President, West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association

Invocation

Hon. Roger Morris, Oldham County Commissioner

Presentation of Colors
National Anthem
Pledges of Allegiance

Hon. Mike DeLoach, Lamb County Judge

Welcome and Greetings

Hon. David Turner, Mayor of Odessa
Hon. Debi Hays, Ector County Judge
Hon. Ben Zeller, Victoria County Judge; President, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Hon. Jen Crownover, Comal County Commissioner; President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Hon. Paul Cothren, Cass County Commissioner; President, North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Hon. Susan M. Redford, Executive Director, Texas Association of Counties
Dr. Peter McGuill, Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service\
Mrs. Julie Anderson, Editor, County Progress magazine
8:30-9:20 a.m. 3.010 Building Better Relations
9:20-10:20 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall                 
       

Sponsored by: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Professional Associations
Spouse Event

Various Locations│ 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Transportation provided by: Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau
10:20-11:10 a.m. Property Taxes Are Too High: The Pitch to Diversify Revenue Streams for Counties

Speaker: Hon. B. Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge
11:10 a.m.-noon 4.013 Risk Management: Courthouse Security

Speaker: Mr. Hector Gomez, Court Security Director, Office of Court Administration
Noon Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Business Meeting
Noon Deli Lunch (lunch with exhibitors)
Noon Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Judicial Training for County Judge
1-2 p.m. Judicial Session
2-3 p.m. Judicial Session
3-3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Judicial Session
4:30-5:30 p.m. Judicial Session
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
Commissioners Court Training
1-1:50 p.m. County Transportation Infrastructure Fund
1:50-2:40 p.m. 4.021 Strategic Planning: Road and Bridge Projects
2:40-3:35 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:35-4:25 p.m. 3.011 Councils of Government
4:25-5:15 p.m. 3.007 Civil Rights Issues
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
Dinner and Dance

Dos Amigos │ 6:30 p.m.
Live music by Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
Sponsored by: Warren CAT
Transportation provided by: Odessa Convention & Visitors Bureau
Thursday, April 22
7 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
7:30-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
Concurrent Workshops

8–10:40 a.m.
Choose one session from each time slot. Attendees will receive one continuing education hour for each complete session attended.
8-8:50 a.m. 4.005 Purchasing Applications: Public Power Pool Veteran Services Programs
8:50-9:50 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
9:50-10:40 a.m. 3.018 Environmental Issues

Legal Aid of Northwest Texas
10:45 a.m. Association Business Meeting
11:30 a.m. Installation Luncheon
Phase II Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum Sessions
1:30-2:20 p.m. 2.012 County Auditor

Speaker: Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor
2:20-2:40 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:40-3:30 p.m. 2.015 Juvenile Probation Officer
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
Leisure Activities
1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament

Sponsored by: Yellowhouse Machinery Co.

Pool Tournament

Fast Eddie’s

Domino Tournament
42 Tournament
9-11 p.m. President’s Farewell Jam Session
Friday, April 23
8 a.m.   Coffee Break
8-11 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
Closing General Session
8:30-9:20 a.m. 4.024 Redistricting

Speakers: Mr. Bob Bass, Partner, Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
9:20-10:10 a.m. 3.003 Lawmaking: Legislative Update

Speaker: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas (CJCAT)
10:10–11 a.m. 3.013 Working With the Legislature: Legislative Panel

Moderator: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, CJCAT
Speakers: Invited Legislators
11 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 pending approval for 18 hours of continuing education for county commissioners.

Judges Hours

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

Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum

This program includes eight hours of credit toward CCAC certification.

Early Bird Session

Four additional hours (pending approval for commissioners) will be offered on Tuesday, April 20.

Continuing Education Types Hours
Commissioners Pending
Judges 4

Conference cancellations and all refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) by 5 p.m. March 30 (less an administrative fee of $30). Substitutions accepted. No refunds will be made after March 30.

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

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