Preparing to Take Office Workshops

December 8 - 17, 2020

Online

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.

DATES:

Dec. 8, 10, 15 or 17

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.

Access to Virtual Event via Internet 

Attendees will need access to the internet to login and join the virtual event. While almost all internet browsers (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.) should allow the event to be accessed, we’ve found that it works most smoothly in Google Chrome, as other browsers may experience issues. Internet Explorer is not a supported browser for the event. Google Chrome is a free download, however, some counties’ IT departments may require that your staff gains approval prior to being able to download new software.

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.
Introductions
Introduction to the Texas Association of Counties (TAC)

A brief overview of the history and structure of TAC.
TAC Services Overview
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
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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