​New to Office Kit - Welcome to County Government

As a county official, winning your first election or being appointed to office can be a lot like buying the latest electronic gadget, and you may be asking, “Where’s the manual?”

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) can help guide you through your first few weeks in office and continue as a resource throughout your career in public service.

TAC was created by counties for counties. We provide services to all Texas counties and all county officials. 

County Officials Survival Kit

After your election or appointment, we'll send you a kit with the following information to help you start off on the right foot.

  • TAC Planning Calendar - Our yearly calendar lists legal deadlines.
  • Education and Training Opportunities including Continuing Education Requirements by Office - Learn about education events and your required continuing education credits with this guide.
  • Smart First Steps for New Public Officials  - A short primer on smart first steps and practical advice when coming into office.
  • Legal Publications  - These guides will help you become familiar with the basic regulations that apply to government business, which are often very different from the rules that apply to the private sector.
  • Open Government Training Information - Elected and appointed public officials are required by state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. Information on this training including free video training courses, available online at The Office of the Attorney General website.

Prepare to Take Office Workshops

In December of each even-numbered year we will hold free, one-day workshops at multiple locations around the state. These sessions are created specifically with you in mind. Check our Calendar of Events for the schedule.

These workshops cover topics essential to new officials including:

  • The Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Purchasing requirements
  • Building alliances in the courthouse
  • The Open Meetings Act
  • The Public Information Act.

You'll hear from helpful TAC staff and experienced county officials, get your questions answered and have plenty of time for networking with other newly elected and appointed officials from your region.