First Leadership 254 Class Completes Program

County officials completed TAC's new leadership program.

By County magazine

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In May, 24 county officials completed Leadership 254, TAC’s new leadership program. This 2017-18 class was the first group selected to participate.

Class members represented each county office and dozens of counties across the state. When asked their thoughts about the program and its value to county officials, participants encouraged others to apply.

Colin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher said, “Leadership 254 is a great way to learn how to be a better leader by learning more about yourself, your personality, and your strengths and how to harness them to help you succeed.”

First Row (left to right): Madison County Auditor Toni Joyner, Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann-Marie Carruth, Travis County Constable Carlos Lopez, Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson, Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones. Second Row (left to right): Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis, Bandera County District Clerk Tammy Kneuper, Ellis County Treasurer Cheryl Chambers, Houston County Attorney Daphne Session, Nacogdoches County District Clerk Lorretta Cammack, Anderson County Tax Assessor-Collector Teri Hanks, Carson County and District Clerk Celeste Bichsel. Third Row (left to right): Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher, Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman, Randall County Auditor Karon Kantor, 452nd District Attorney Tonya Ahlschwede. Fourth Row (left to right): Cooke County Commissioner Leon Klement, Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell, Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne, San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers, Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick, Dallas County Clerk John Warren, Jefferson County Constable Christopher Bates.

“There’s no other opportunity like Leadership 254.” said Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann-Marie Carruth. “If you want to grow as an individual and county official you must do Leadership 254.” 

The 14-month, four-module program advances the skills of county officials to enable them to meet the unique challenges of their duties and to enhance their leadership skills and style.

Participants learn to overcome their limitations to redefine the possibilities they set for themselves, their courthouse, their county official association and their county constituents.

Leadership skills are advanced through:

- Interactive discussion 

- Theory building 

- Skill assessments

- Experiential learning activities.

Applications Welcomed for 2019-2020 Class

TAC welcomes applications from county officials for the next class, which will kick off in February 2019 and run through May 2020. The application deadline is Sept. 28, 2018

TAC will provide scholarships to those selected to attend. 

Visit to learn more and to apply. Contact Education Program Manager Haley Click at, (512) 478-8753 or (800) 456-5974 with any questions.