County Magazine

Summer 2023

Capitol Gains & Losses: A recap of the 88th Texas Legislature

Counties secure successes amid turbulent legislative session

Counties boost courthouse security to address growing threats

323% increase in court threats reported over a decade

Want a healthy workforce? Consider an employee clinic

Counties with clinics report reduced sick days, better retention

How do we get kids interested in working for counties?

New programs spur young people's interest in county government jobs

The new frontier of AI

Wrangling the promise of artificial intelligence

See Full Summer 2023 Issues

Spring 2023

Running on Empty

Texas is in a water crisis. Counties play a critical role in solving it.

A tale of two counties' growth

Coke and Kaufman counties topping national rankings

Where are we now with broadband expansion?

Groups of counties launch challenges to state broadband development map

A glimpse into the lives of county treasurers

The job is more than just being the county's banker

County museums celebrate local pride and history, one tea cup at a time

Texas has more than 1,000 local museums dedicated to preserving the history of each county.

See Full Spring 2023 Issues

Winter 2023

Decriminalizing Mental Health

Jails are places where people with mental illness too often go. Counties are seeking alternatives.

Executive Director's Report

TAC is here for you amid a year of exciting changes

President's Report

Together we can be an effective voice for county government

Empowering Seniors fortifies Tarrant County residents entering their ‘golden age’

Event is one-stop shop for services

Event examines the strengths and needs of rural Texas

Expanding safety culture in San Patricio County

Safety Rodeo welcomed employees from across the county

The 2024-25 State Budget – Budget writers working on first drafts

Promote your good work during County Government Month

The 2023 legislative session in underway; as always, TAC is here for you

There is one certainty during each legislation session: No matter what happens, TAC's Legislative Services team will be monitoring and reporting on developments to keep counties informed and engaged.

Crystal Cedillo

Gonzales County

CMRC focuses on relevant county issues

Annual conference to be held in Round Rock and online

Taking the County Pulse

Texas counties struggle with lack of juvenile detention space

Staffing shortages contribute to scramble for available beds to house arrested youths.

Volunteer Fire Departments

Are changing fast. And so are their fundraisers

Meet Membership Coordinator Ron Morelli

Ron Morelli’s job is data-driven, but his focus is people

Judge Don Allred Receives Giles Dalby Award

Newly elected and appointed Texas county officials attend workshops

Texas to host NACo annual conference

County Technology Conference set for May, agenda shaped by counties

Data & Analysis

Texas County Profiles show county data

Chambers County

County Camping With History at Fort Anahuac Park

See Full Winter 2023 Issues

Fall 2022

A Better Life

El Paso County uses ARPA funds to fulfill decades-long need for water, wastewater in colonias

Executive Director's Report

A year of notable new resources and successes

President's Report

TAC abounds with examples of how it helps its members

‘A big deal’: How ARPA funds are making a difference in Texas counties

Much of spending is directly benefiting residents

Texas counties are on the front lines, helping veterans

183 counties have veteran services officers

TAC helps county officials prepare for challenging election season

Inaugural County Elections Academy emphasizes preparation

The Legacy of a Good Name

Architect's Great-Granddaughter Uncovers a Lifetime of Community Building

Five Texas counties sharing $22.6 million in historical grants

Texas Historical Commission funding will pay for courthouse preservations

Judge Curtis Evans

Jeff Davis County

Need a few more CE hours?

LegalEase Continuing Education program offers training on demand

Prepare — even if it’s a Texas winter

Tips on how to properly winterize your property and protect people

County officials prepare for 2023 session at TAC Legislative Conference

More than 700 from across Texas gather to explore issues important to local government

Montgomery County Sheriff's Office wins jail innovation award

Counties can look to state resources for conservation tips

Texas counties are helping countless dogs, cats find forever homes

Animal shelters have come a long way from being simply "the pound."

Election law expert Paul Miles is committed to helping Texas counties

Kim Halfmann joins TAC

TAC has expanded the County Relations Officers Program

You-ve been safe - time to celebrate it

Submit your TAC RMP safety awards applications by Nov. 30

2023 Healthy County Boot Camp to focus on collaboration

Wellness conference heading to North Texas

TAC names seven county recipients of 2022 Best Practices Awards

Noteworthy solutions provide models for other counties to follow

County cybersecurity fortified after email migration project

CIRA team moves 105 counties to a more secure platform

Data & Analysis

An update on orphaned wells and funding to plug them

San Saba County

See Full Fall 2022 Issues

Summer 2022

Five years after Hurricane Harvey

Aransas County’s story of struggle and rebirth after historic storm

Executive Director's Report

President's Report

The 2024-25 budget cycle – what counties can expect

State budget surplus may not translate to much county help

Law enforcement shortage in Texas has reached crisis level, sheriffs say

Better pay, change in perception could help recruitment

Texas drought likely to continue

Counties can look to state resources for conservation tips

Impulsive Traveler Guy makes Lone Star trek to all of Texas' 254 counties

He also aims to visit every courthouse in the U.S.

Lisa Johnson

Hemphill County Judge

New benefit available for TAC HEBP members

Safety equipment program stores close Sept. 2

TAC RMP Regional Workshops:

Let our consultants travel to you

County libraries bring social services - and rockets - to communities across Texas

State has 100 county libraries, and they are as unique as the counties themselves

Centralized tech licensing benefits TAC and its members

County investment training program turns 30

Agenda set for 2022 Legislative Conference

TAC HEBP Plan Year 2023 Renewal: Rate for upcoming year is 5.9%

Coming this fall: new training classes for county election officials

Applications open for next Leadership 254 class

'It's not if but when' is resounding message at County Technology Workshop

Counties need to protect themselves before ransomware wreaks havoc

Data & Analysis

The Foundation of Economic Development

Travis County's Reimers Ranch Park

County parks are hidden gems

See Full Summer 2022 Issues

Spring 2022

Executive Director's Report

We always strive to be better at what we do so you can better tackle the challenges you face

President's Report

TAC is well-positioned to help counties be their best

County Calendar

Conferences and events that matter to county officials and employees

Hudspeth County sheriff creates haven for first responders 

Wounded Responders Retreat aims to reconnect families

Wellness coordinator's legacy lives on in Healthy County program

Iris Stagner Award given annually to top wellness coordinator or sponsor

What's next for COVID-19 in Texas?

County officials should remain vigilant

Thomas D. Neely

Hudspeth County Judge

County magazine launches new website

Bookmark it for trending Texas county news

New voting-by-mail rules put to the test

Counties look to lessons learned to prepare for November's general election

Juneteenth’s legacy in Galveston County

Reading of General Order No. 3 still reverberates more than 150 years later

Texas has the largest extension service in the country

And it couldn't happen without the county agents who bring land-grant research to people across the state.

TAC offering free cybersecurity course to counties

Deadline to sign up for online class is July 29

County clerks’ offices hold the key to Texas history

Digitization is making it easier to access records

Continuous improvement a driving force for Robert Ruiz

County Management & Risk Conference convened in person — finally

Cybersecurity a major topic tackled at this year's event

2021 Risk Pool Awards

New in 2023: TAC Technology Conference

From election security to email best practices, discussions will help counties bridge the gap

NACo forum explores quickening of technological change

County officials talk about digital equity, ‘low code’ solutions

Data & Analysis

A recent history of property taxes in Texas

Matagorda County’s Jetty Park

Where two Texas titans collide

Texas counties on the mental health front lines

Texans getting a second chance from county services

See Full Spring 2022 Issues

Winter 2022

Executive Director's Report

Like the clock and the calendar, we at TAC are always moving forward

President's Report

Meet the new TAC President, Tom Green County Auditor Nathan Cradduck

County Calendar

Conferences and events that matter to county officials and employees

TAC HEBP launches Readiness for Duty program

Initiative aims to improve health and lower health care costs for law enforcement

Comal County Sheriff saved colleague through living liver donation

'It was a big ask and a big give,' recipient says

The great migration

Some rural Texas counties struggle amid urbanization

Travis County: Work from home saves money, boosts morale

Could it work in other Texas counties?

NACo maintains key American Rescue Plan resources

Board sets national association's legislative priorities for 2022

March 1 primaries are first elections under state's new political maps

Several lawsuits have been filed against the maps, arguing they violate the federal Voting Rights Act

State law requires new voting machines

Paper trail, audits part of election law changes

Texas county fairs are back and bigger than ever

Since 1881, counties have been hosting livestock shows, exhibition halls that draw thousands

In-person CMRC option is back

Annual conference will be held at resort and on the internet

Register now for the 2022 TAC Legislative Conference

This year’s conference, like last year’s, will be a hybrid ev ent, with the option to attend either in person or online

A grant success story

Caldwell County's grants portfolio has increased from $2 million to $32 million since 2018

Courtney Govea stays technology-sharp

End User Support Administrator fields 100 help desk tickets a month

TAC Launches Podcast!

Texas County Voice

Nominations open for 2022 County Best Practices Awards

Counties have until March 31 to nominate their proven solutions to common concerns

The return of the bitcoin gold rush

The boom in energy-intensive data centers can offer big rewards for counties with the right mix of cheap power and electrical infrastructure

Data & Analysis - Texas highways and roads

Miles traveled on Texas roads increasing

Three-Legged Willie

A Texas hero and county legend

Texas’ population boom

The challenges, blessings of being a fast-growing Texas county

See Full Winter 2022 Issues

Nov / Dec

Brown Santa programs lighten the holiday load for families

For decades, Texas sheriff’s offices have distributed gifts, necessities to communities

Executive Director's Report

Board President Renee Couch’s optimism, teamwork helped steer TAC through the pandemic

President's Report

It's been an incredible honor to serve as TAC president. 

Healthy County spotlight on King County

Wellness coordinator takes extra steps to improve wellness in the small Texas county

Cyberattacks are an inevitable reality for Texas counties

Experts and counties that have dealt with ransomware and phishing attacks say training and preparation can prevent devastating data disasters

Fall Judicial Session to be held in Boerne

Learn in depth about programs that worked in other jurisdictions

2022 Healthy County Boot Camp registration is open

Annual health and wellness conference will be in Round Rock

Snapshots from the past year

Cooking without power, helping the homeless with care packages and staying safe with germ-killing robots

Changes are afoot at County magazine

Magazine website to get an upgrade; print edition to come out quarterly

Four Texas counties expected to complete courthouse restorations amid challenging year

Pandemic, weather increased costs, created delays

New TAC interactive tool shows population-bracketed statutes by county

2020 population shifts affect applicability of Texas statutes

Prepare your people, property for another chilly Texas winter

These tips could help your county avoid thousands of dollars in damage

Joe A. Gonzalez

Nueces County Commissioner

Mary Cunningham to retire this year

Welcome Stephanie Moreno to the judicial education team

TAC 2021 Legislative Conference

County officials gather in person and virtually to discuss the Legislature's effects on local government 

Best Practices Awards: Williamson County

Financial Literacy Program offers driving defendants an alternative to paying fine

TAC Employee Spotlight - Kelley Nail

Grace under pressure

Meet the committee members

TAC CIRA Advisory Committee to serve as ‘technology brain bank’

Although Texas is becoming more diverse, county-level trends vary

Rural counties could lose representation

See Full Nov / Dec Issues

Sept / Oct

Executive Director's Report

Public well-being at the center of initial ARP spending plans

President's Report

Finding a path toward expanding broadband access

Has your county been practicing safety?

TAC RMP Safety Awards open with some changes

Annual auditors conference to be held in Corpus Christi

Activities include comedy show, networking opportunities

Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association conference to feature tournaments

On-site registration available

Clerks conference to be held Sept. 8-10

This year’s theme is ‘Community in Service’

Treasurers association conference to be held in Boerne

Murder mystery, winery visit among activities

Sit tight. TAC experts will come to you.

TAC RMP to offer regional workshops in the fall

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Early prevention can save your life

Texas Public Funds Investment Conference kicks off Nov. 4

Event is open to anyone wishing to learn about investing public funds

TAC Board names new officers

Tom Green County's Cradduck chosen president-elect; Yoakum County's Addison to be vice president

County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas conference to offer sessions on timely topics

Events in Round Rock, Amarillo this fall

Matt Wylie

Johnson County Constable

Guns, germs and spiel

From COVID-19 and a deadly winter storm to its bitter end, the regular session of the 87th Legislature didn't lack for drama. And its work isn't done.

Lone star wanderlust

Counties see travel bounce back as tourists take respite from pandemic

TAC HEBP member changes her life

120-pound weight loss accredited to Healthy County wellness programs

Texas Hidden Gems

After spending the last year hunkered down, many Texans are ready to explore all the state has to offer. Fortunately, the Lone Star State has diverse attractions to satisfy those looking for outdoor, foodie, retail and history adventures.

From dollars to doughnuts: How Texas counties are encouraging vaccinations

Milam County offers $250 payment to encourage vaccinating youngsters against COVID-19

State budget highlights for the 2022-23 biennium

Wins and losses for Texas counties

Best Practices Awards: Bexar County

County Clerk's 'Records on the Run' takes service where it's needed

TAC Employee Spotlight - Cynthia Brannen

The ‘calm in the storm’ of pandemic-era unemployment

County IT pros to inform TAC’s tech agenda

Cybersecurity tuneup

Increase your county’s cybersecurity with free assessments, TAC CIRA resources

Texas addresses digital divide, moves to improve broadband access

Definition of broadband under scrutiny

See Full Sept / Oct Issues

July / August 2021

Executive Director's Report

Summer arrives amid welcome signs of normality for TAC, Texas counties

President's Report

Let's take some well-deserved summer fun time.

Open enrollment tips from TAC HEBP

Health and Employee Benefits Pool team provides extraordinary level of customer service to counties

Register now for the 2021 TAC Legislative Conference

Risk of wildfire heats up across Texas

More than 1,700 wildfires have been reported statewide so far this year

Educational county government resources available for students

Share NACo’s toolkit with your local school districts

Shopping spree: Members can purchase safety equipment

Online store open through August

CROs: a one-stop shop for TAC

CROs aim to visit all 254 counties

North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners conference headed to Waco

Learning, networking opportunities available

On the road again

TAC staff returning to on-site visits with members

Billions and billions

Texas counties charting how to best use $5.7 billion in pandemic aid

Celina Vasquez

Brazos County Justice of the Peace

Texas counties leverage partnerships, creativity to improve accessibility

Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 31 years ago

Adjusting to the virtual world

Technology, creative steps could remain for Texas counties

What to expect in the upcoming 2021 redistricting cycle

And why it’s so important to Texas counties

Best Practices Awards: Kaufman County

Coalition advances local communications; video sustains marriage licenses

TAC Employee Spotlight - David Garcia

Art Director

Tech workshops jampacked with resources

Home sweet home

How housing characteristics differ by county across Texas

Layered security: prevention, detection, response

See Full July / August 2021 Issues

May / June 2021

Executive Director's Report

A lot is happening at the Capitol as the 87th Texas Legislature enters its final few frantic weeks.

President's Report

Anticipating a return to normal after a year of COVID-19

Start preparing for storm season

2021 hurricane season expected to be busier than normal

Time to go shopping

Online store will be open through August

Catch the next episode of 'TAC on the Lege'

Want to learn the latest information about property taxes, broadband expansion or bail reform?

Register now for the 2021 TAC Legislative Conference

Register for the Conference of the County Investment Academy

The event will be held in San Marcos

COVID-19 forces some TAC events online

TAC will contact registered attendees about changes

County Investment Academy: introducing the class of 2021

Tax assessor-collectors conference slated for June 5-10

This year’s conference theme is #BeTheDifference

Justice of the peace, constable conference to be held in Denton

Constables can earn up to 20 hours of civil process training

TAC HEBP offers ACA reporting service

Service is available to all Texas counties and districts

Clerks' association conference headed to Amarillo

Roundtable discussions, deep dive into Ector County project on the agenda

Show us your county!

TAC is looking for unique county images

2020 TAC RMP safety award recipients announced

County award recipients limited their losses

Judge Ronald Ingram

Hardeman County

Stamping out COVID-19

More education, better transportation among solutions counties adopting to increase distribution of vaccines

NACo conference outlines federal health priorities

House, Senate committee staffers review federal health care actions, goals

Counties step up during historic winter storms

Energy conservation by counties helped curb outages to thousands of Panhandle homes

Rural dilemma: vaccinating hard-to-reach residents

Marion County signed up residents via telephone

CMRC draws more than 300 people

Virtual CMRC sessions included risk and health topics

Best Practices Awards: Travis County

Neighborhood fire drill, Silver Watch initiative improve safety in Travis County

TAC Employee Spotlight - Jamie Chandler

Legal Services Operations Manager

TAC CIRA begins county email migrations to upgraded service

Revamped email services offer counties increased security and features

Cybersecurity a key topic at county tech workshops

2021 cybersecurity training compliance deadline is June 15

Texas dodged a bullet economically during the pandemic

Online sales, unemployment payments helped keep economy afloat

Exercising your right to vote

See Full May / June 2021 Issues

Mar / Apr 2021

President's Report

A year into the pandemic, Texas counties stand tested but strong

Phelan, Hughes speak at Legislative Day

County officials join virtual event amid COVID-19 pandemic

A year of COVID-19 in Texas

A quick look at where the state has been and where it might be going

Catch the next episode of ‘TAC on the Lege’

Want to learn the latest information about property taxes, broadband expansion or bail reform?

2021 TAC Legislative Conference set for Sept. 1-3

Learn what happened during the 87th Texas Legislature

Virtual CMRC set for April 8

TAC to cover topics helpful to Texas counties

COVID-19 testing coverage extended

Pool members will not have to pay cost-sharing fees

West Texas event slated for April

Odessa event to include golf, pool, dominoes tournaments

COVID-19 forces some TAC events online

TAC will contact registered attendees about changes

Show us your county!

TAC is looking for unique county images

Register for Probate Academy

Corpus Christi event open to Texas county judges, clerks

Texas county treasurers invited to April seminar

Event will be held in San Marcos

Jennifer Henderson

Schleicher County Treasurer

Aransas County partners to promote history, nature and recreation

Pathways project funded by bond dollars, tax revenue

Broadband a lifeline for Texas counties

Floyd, Bexar counties stepping up to fill internet needs

Healthy County Boot Camp breaks record

Annual wellness conference exceeded expectations with virtual format

Best Practices Awards: Harris County

TAC recognizes commissioner's food programs during the pandemic

TAC Employee Spotlight - Rachel Sanchez

Human Resources Manager

Texas budget cycle nears its critical stage

An improved forecast and federal funds will help the Legislature write a balanced budget

Strategic partnerships, planning key to protecting county IT networks

Reduce risk and add value with information security plans that include business drivers

TAC CIRA revamps email services

Lock in your preferred migration dates today

Have you enrolled in TAC's cybersecurity course?

Free online class meets Texas' compliance requirements

Unfunded mandate costs mount for Texas counties

COVID-19 drove up some costs in 2020

See Full Mar / Apr 2021 Issues

Jan / Feb 2021

Broadband a lifeline for Texas counties

Floyd, Bexar counties stepping up to fill internet needs

Healthy County Boot Camp goes online

Attendees will learn about health benefits, initiatives

County Court Assistants Training Conference set for Feb. 17-19

The event will be virtual this year

County Management and Risk Conference registration open

The event will be virtual this year

TAC member survey deadline extended to Feb. 28

Weigh in on services needed to meet daily tasks, changing technology

TAC's Spring Judicial Education Session set for March

The event will take place in Lubbock

COVID-19 forces some TAC events online

TAC will contact registered attendees about changes

Basics of County Investments Course scheduled for March 9-12

The event will be held in San Marcos

Newly elected Texas county officials attend workshops

Almost 400 Texas officials attended TAC’s workshop

TAC ships 'Survival Kits' to newly elected county officials

The kits contain calendar of legal deadlines, advice and more

TAC Pool members can now join WW, formerly Weight Watchers

The program is offered at a 25% subsidized cost

In Memoriam 

TAC remembers county officials who passed in 2020

Biden, a former county official, addresses NACo board

President and Vice President have county government experience

Leadership 254 Class of 2019-20 completes program

Applications for the 2022-23 class will be accepted next summer

Texas county participants chosen for 2021-22 Leadership 254 class

Twenty four members will join the 14-month program

Meet Grimes County Commissioner Barbara Henley Walker

Walker will be sworn into her third term

TAC is the voice of county government in Austin

TAC's legislative services staff will track thousands of bills

Watch 'TAC on the Lege' videos to stay informed

TAC staff speak candidly on legislative developments weekly

New faces in the Texas Legislature

A brief introduction to the freshman class of the 87th Legislature

Meet TAC's Legislative Services team

Team serves as liaison between county officials and Legislature

Lavaca County helps preserve Thigpen Cemetery

A promise made, a promise kept to rural Texas site

Tarrant County wins TAC Best Practice Awards

Tarrant County officials reform criminal cases, pandemic-related practices

TAC Employee Spotlight - Dawn Noufer

Noufer is the senior strategic services manager for TAC.

Texas House and Senate recommend $119.7 billion in spending for 2022-2023

Texas 2022-2023 budget proposed

How Tom Green County IT staff is tackling COVID-19 challenges

Staff issued laptops, VPNs and attempting project restarts

TAC CIRA services to get enhanced security

Customers will be migrated to Microsoft 365 email licenses

TAC offering free cybersecurity training for Texas counties

45-minute online classes available for Texas counties’ staff

Texas voter surge in 2020 more dynamic in certain areas

Those near the Texas Triangle had significant growth

Snow on the Texas Capitol grounds

The photo was taken in Austin on Feb. 14, 1895

See Full Jan / Feb 2021 Issues

May / June 2020

Counties respond, adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

5 reports on Chambers, Comal, Hidalgo, Knox and Tarrant counties

Texas counties brace for budget shortfalls because of pandemic

Tumbling tax revenues, increased expenses hitting county budgets

Safe at last

1911 San Saba County Courthouse fully restored

Executive Director's Report

'Virtual' is the word of the season for TAC

President's Report

TAC HEBP and TAC RMP ship PPE to members

Pools track down gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes and masks

COVID-19 response resources on TAC website

TAC events rescheduled, canceled, going virtual due to COVID-19

TAC RMP regional workshops kick off in July

Single-topic training on risk control, human resources and law enforcement scheduled

TAC RMP launches Facebook page

NACo campaign spotlights dedicated county workers during the pandemic

Make it count

TAC calls on counties to encourage residents to fill out the 2020 census

TAC Employee Spotlight - Michelle Fruge

TAC Staff Accountant

Voices of County Government - Donley County Judge John C. Howard, M.D.

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Donley County Judge (and physician) John C. Howard.

Health insurance coverage expected to decrease

See Full May / June 2020 Issues

Mar / Apr 2020

Register now for the 2020 Legislative Conference

The conference is scheduled for Aug. 26-28 in Austin

Using downloaded images?

Make sure you give credit where it's due

Navigating the state budget process

The state budget is being developed

Taking flight to protect county buildings

TAC RMP drone surveys support underwriting, risk control and claims

President's Report

Take care of yourselves and each other

How can I safeguard my county's data?

Lessons learned from counties recovering from cyberattacks

8 ways to celebrate National County Government Month

April is National Government Month

Lifestyle choices to prevent chronic diseases

Address 8 wellness areas to reduce inflammation, improve health

TAC 2019 employee of the year - Rob Ressmann

HBS Operations Manager wins annual award

Economic Data by County: GDP

The release of county level GDP data allows for better analysis of economic activity.

TAC receives Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

TAC is honored to receive award

Voices of County Government - Victoria County Commissioner Kevin Janak

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Wilis

See Full Mar / Apr 2020 Issues

Jan / Feb 2020

State Infrastructure Banks

An Innovative (and Underused) Transportation Infrastructure Financing Tool for Texas Counties.

President's Report

Comal County Treasurer takes over as TAC Board President

Cybersecurity Training

State-mandated cybersecurity training: What it means for you and your county

AGRiP Award

TAC RMP receives AGRiP award for Best Practices

Counties Use Video for Transparency and Outreach

With the click of a mouse, counties and county officials are also educating the public by sharing TAC’s short, entertaining videos on their social media feeds

TAC Employee Spotlight - Caleb Sanchez

TAC Digital Marketing Manager Caleb Sanchez

Best Practices Awards: Hidalgo County

New initiative engages community, supports public safety

County Jail Inmate Subpopulations

Inmates with Immigration Detainers and Pregnant Inmates

Voices of County Government - Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Wilis

See Full Jan / Feb 2020 Issues

Nov / Dec 2019

President's Report

It Has Been an Honor to Serve TAC and Texas Counties

2019 Legislative Conference Review: Revamping Disaster Response

Lessons Learned from Hurricane Harvey

2019 Legislative Conference Review: The Role of Counties in Addressing Behavioral Health

The 86th Texas legislative session emphasized the importance of mental health for the state.

2019 Legislative Conference Review: Media Relations 101

Tips of the Trade

Texas Counties are "Stepping Up" to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

12 Texas counties join groundbreaking initiative.

2019 Legislative Conference Review: 2020 Census Overview

An overview of the 2020 U.S. census and how the results may impact Texas counties were covered in the “2020 Census and Redistricting” breakout session at the Legislative Conference.

TAC Employee Spotlight - Matt Bruns

Sr. Systems Administrator Keeps IT Up and Running

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Midland County


Legendary Leadership

County officials provide direction, broad perspective to TAC.

Is Texas Rural or Urban

Growth and population are not evenly distributed across all Texas counties.

2019 Legislative Conference Review: Texas' Political Landscape is Changing

Texas Tribune Chief Executive Officer Evan Smith told county officials at September’s annual Legislative Conference. 

In Memoriam

TAC remembers the county officials who recently passed away. They were each dedicated to their office and community.

Texas Counties are "Stepping Up" to Reduce Mental Illness in Jails

12 Texas counties join groundbreaking initiative.

Voices of County Government - Hon. Margaret Sawyer

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Wilis

See Full Nov / Dec 2019 Issues

Sept / Oct 2019

County Investment Academy Class of 2019

More than 220 county officials and staff attended the second session in the 2019 Basics of County Investments Course series.

TAC Employee Spotlight - Andrea Beard

Claims Supervisor Stays the Course

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Collin County

Creative Initiative Connects Residents to Local Government

Hungry for Education

TAC's 50 Years of Promoting Excellence in County Government

Future Populations by County

Are you familiar with the Texas Demographic Center (TDC)? You should be if you are interested in future plans for your county.

Instagram Works for Texas Counties

This photo sharing platform enhances county communications

Voices of County Government - Hon. Laura Hinojosa

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Wilis

See Full Sept / Oct 2019 Issues

July / Aug 2019

President's Report

The End of Session is Only the Beginning -- 50 Years and Counting

TAC Employee Spotlight -Dirk Ruedas

Print Services Production Supervisor Keeps the Train on the Tracks

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Washington County

Creative Initiative Connects Residents to Local Government

Strategic Planning to Guide TAC

Mapping out the Future of Your Association

Happy Birthday TAC

The Official Birthday Celebration Included Current and Former Board Members, Presidents and Staff.

Home Access to Computers and the Internet

The 2020 Census will be Available to Complete Online - How Many Texans will Have Access?

The Renaissance Revival Courthouses of Texas

This style of architecture was popular in the last half or the 19th century.

Regional Workshops: HR Tools for Managers and Supervisors

Joe Bontke with EEOC to Speak at One-Day Training

Voices of County Government - Hon. Donna Willis

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Wilis

See Full July / Aug 2019 Issues

May / June 2019

Large Turnout for County Government Day at the Capitol

On April 30 TAC filled the halls of the Capitol with the smell of barbecue

TAC Employee Spotlight - Stacey Jones

She is more than "Just the Facts"

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Comal County

Creative Program Engages Community, Saves Local Tax Dollars

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Texas

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) all year long, but in May, your Association marks an extra-special milestone

The History of the Pools: TAC HEBP

TAC Health and Employee Benefits Pool - A Retrospective Journey

Trucks on County Roads

TxDOT's annual Roadway Inventory publication reports the number of centerline and lane miles of roads and highways by type of road.

The Moderne Courthouses of Texas

This style of architecture was influence by industrial designs of planes, ships and railroad engines.

Regional Workshops: HR Tools for Managers and Supervisors

Joe Bontke with EEOC to Speak at One-Day Training

The History of the Pools: TAC RMP

TAC Risk Management Pool - 45 Years Strong

Voices of County Government - Hon. Nancy Berry

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Brazos County Commissioner Nancy Berry

Voices of County Government - Hon. Dan Looten

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Carson County Judge Dan Looten

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January / February 2019

2019 Public Outreach Checklist

A New Year’s Challenge. How many can you check off?

Make Public Outreach Part of your National County Government Celebrations this April

National County Government Month is a time to celebrate county government and public service in your communities

New Faces in the Texas Legislature

A Brief Introduction to the Freshman Class of the 86th Legislature

Beaux Arts Courthouses of Texas

This style of architectural style was popular from about 1880-1930

TAC Events during the 86th Legislative Session: Get Engaged. Stay Involved.

A variety of events are scheduled for TAC members to get involved during the 86th Legislative Session

The Texas Association of Counties Celebrates 50 Years

We look back at TAC’s 50 years, beginning with the Legal and Legislative Services

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Fort Bend County


Voices of County Government - Hon. Larry Gaddes

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Williamson County Tax Assesor-Collector Larry Gaddes

School Property Taxes by County

School finance has once again become the topic of the day.

Courthouse History Preserved

The Brush Country Museum in La Salle County showcases items from the old courthouse

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Mar / Apr 2019

Ashley Cureton - TAC 2018 Employee of the Year

TAC Wellness Consultant tackles wellness education with laughter, compassion and energy.

Meet Your New HBS Consultants

Four new Consultants join HBS to better serve members

TAC Employee Spotlight - Gaylene Jensen

Meet the "Voice of TAC"

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Williamson County

Efficiencies Improve Operations, Save Tax Dollars

Looking Ahead to the Next 50

A look at what is in store for TAC's next 50 years

County Debt Per Capita 2018

The Texas Bond Review Board released its "Local Government Annual Report" for 2018 - we review it here.

Second Empire Courthouses of Texas

The style, inspired by French design, incorporates intricate detailing, deeply sculpted pillars and wide, winding staircases.

Counties Round Out County Government Month with Counties at the Capitol Day, Serving Barbecue April 30

Counties Round Out County Government Month with Counties at the Capitol Day, Serving Barbecue April 30

Keeping Counties in the Know

Communications Evolved, Expanded to Best Serve Members

Voices of County Government - Hon. Ray Scifres

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres

Voices of County Government - Hon. Linda Douglass

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Guadalupe County Treasurer Linda Douglass

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November / December 2018

Art Deco Courthouses of Texas

The first popular architectural style to break with tradition

School Finance: The Elephant in the Property Tax Equation

Surging property taxes are a direct result of the state’s school finance system, not cities and counties. Local property taxpayers are picking up billions more for public schools while the state spends billions less. And it’s by design.

In Memoriam

Remembering those we lost in 2018

Gene Terry Retires

Read his final Staff Report and fond farewell

TAC Events during the 86th Legislative Session: Get Engaged. Stay Involved.

A variety of events are scheduled for TAC members to get involved during the 86th Legislative Session

Creative Outreach

Officials offer insights on how to connect with the public

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Wilson County

Strategic Alliances Expand Library Services, Engage Community

A Look at Team TAC

The Legislative Services Division

Your Voices, Actions Can Lead the Way

Terry's final Staff Report and a fond farewell

Voices of County Government - Hon. Tammy Biggar

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Fannin County Clerk Tammy Biggar

A Shifting Labor Force Makes Texas Top State for Business

We’ve experienced an economic downturn, the start of the fracking boom and roller coaster oil prices. Yet, the state keeps growing.

Newton County Clock Tower

The original Newton County courthouse had a faux clock in the tower. In 1929, a real four-faced clock was installed by local benefactors in honor of Dr. J.S. Peavy and wife, Maryann Fuller.

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September / October 2018

Classical Revival Courthouses of Texas

This style of architecture is rooted in classic antiquity

Restore What's Right

Heading into the 86th legislative session, it is essential that we stand together on the main issues that we all face.

TAC Rolls Out New Website

TAC Rolls Out New Website

New Risk Management Services Staff

New Risk Management Services Staff

2018 TAC Legislative Conference

More than 500 county officials and staff from across the state gathered in Austin Aug. 29-31 for TAC’s annual Legislative Conference

Bridging the Mental Health Gap

Bridging the Mental Health Gap

The Long Road to Recovery

County judges look back at Hurricane Harvey, the lessons learned and the changes needed

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

County government officials are as diverse as the Texans who elect them, coming from every background imaginable. In this issue we talk with Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne

What are Orphaned Wells and Where Can We Find Them?

Studies have shown that unattended wells can leak methane and other contaminants into groundwater and create other environmental problems.

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July / August 2018

Romanesque Revival Courthouses of Texas

This architectural style emphasizes the classic Roman arch, stone and towers.

TAC Communications Staff Receive NACIO Awards

TAC Communications Services staff receive 2018 Awards of Excellence for graphic design and writing.

Legislative Conference Agenda Unveiled

TAC's 2018 Legislative Conference will help county officials and staff prepare for the 86th Texas Legislature

Go Viral or Go Home

From CMRC: How to create and nurture a culture of healthy living.

Heads-Up: Benefits Changes are Coming

TAC HEBP members will see more flexibility in prescription benefits.

The Cost of Health Care and Lifestyle Choices

From CMRC: You may have more control than you think

New Challenges and Old Problems: County Jail Operations

From CMRC: County jails are undergoing major changes in the way they deal with suspected of being mentally ill.

Courtroom Safety and Security

From CMRC: After the shooting of a district judge, courtroom security is a pressing issue.

Problems Caused by State's Growth Must be Faced

People are flocking to Texas and I don’t blame them. It’s a great place to live.

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Robert Chody

Voices of County Government - Sheriff Robert Chody

First Leadership 254 Class Completes Program

County officials completed TAC's new leadership program.

Where are Our Veterans?

We do not know the value of homes owned by veterans, but we can, at least, get the number of veterans by county from the “American Community Survey

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May/June 2018

Tap Into TAC Services

TAC provides service to all elected and appointed county officials, to all counties and to all of the associations of county officials. We want you to use those services.

Clerks Rushed to Reopen After Hurricane Harvey

Once the lights were back on, district and county clerks relocated or erected temporary offices to serve the public.

‘Show Respect to Gain Respect’

Former Falls County Sheriff reflects on 43-year career in law enforcement

Voices of County Government - Hon. Mary Louise Garcia

Voices of County Government - Hon. Mary Louise Garcia

Fifteen Historic Texas Courthouses Receive $20 million

The Texas Historic Commission announced grant recipients

2017 Safety Awards

Eleven counties and three individuals were recognized for their commitment to employee safety.

Changing Mortality Rates by County

Tim Brown looks into the change in mortality rates due to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes across Texas counties.

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March / April 2018

You Take the High Road

I've never been around people I enjoy more than my friends in county government.

Seven Healthy Investments that Yield the Greatest Return

Your family history could put you at risk of developing high blood pressure or other health problems. But you can make smart lifestyle choices to improve overall health and may counteract genetic risks.

Rep. Oliveira Named Friend of County Government

Rep. Oliveira Named Friend of County Government

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January / February 2018

Meet the New TAC President, Hidalgo County Constable Larry Gallardo

Hidalgo County Constable Gallardo became president of the TAC Board of Directors on Jan. 1 and will serve for two years. Get to know more about him.

Counties Helping Counties

After Hurricane Harvey, local government was at the ground level helping their counterparts in hard-hit areas. Here are just a few of the examples of how Texas takes care if its own and how county government has been at the heart of the recovery efforts.

My Friend Charlye Farris

Honoring Texas’ first female county judge, who was also the first African-American to hold the office.

Nine Ways to Celebrate County Government Month This April

National County Government Month is just around the corner. This April is a great opportunity to spread the word about the value of county government and how your county delivers to Texans every day.

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