Thank You for Letting Me Serve You

 

 

I can hardly believe it has been two years since I took over as TAC’s president. It has been a great experience — one that I will both miss and look back on fondly. Mostly, I’ll miss working closely with people in other offices in other counties around the state and getting to know the unique qualities each county possesses.

During my tenure as TAC president, I learned what an integral part the Association is to every county official across our vast state. The support and services TAC provides — comprehensive risk management and benefits services, educational materials and training for county officials, communication tools, legal services, organizing and managing conferences for affiliate associations, and more — are invaluable. As president, and previously as a member of the board of directors, I was lucky to witness the many ways TAC impacts Texas counties. 

Texas has faced many challenges in the last year — including those brought on by Mother Nature. From the fires in the Panhandle to devastating floods to the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Harvey, we have been through a lot as a state. And it is at the local level where we build our devastated communities back up. If there is any silver lining that came from these disasters, it is that the state legislators witnessed county government doing what it was designed to do and do it with grace and courage. The work is far from over, and it will continue to fall on local government to do the heavy lifting, but I believe we will continue to do what is needed and help each other along the way. And I know TAC will continue to be a significant support system.

One of my greatest experiences as president was working with the National Association of Counties (NACo) and meeting officials from across the country. I’d like to take this moment to acknowledge that we stand with county governments across the nation dealing with their disasters. From Florida recovering from Hurricane Maria to California fighting horrible fires, Texas counties understand the hard work you are doing, and we stand in solidarity with every one of you. 

As all TAC presidents do, one gets to experience the pandemonium of a legislative session. TAC worked vigorously to support each county official association’s issues. It was so gratifying to experience all county official associations banding together, showing a unified front and succeeding in a battle against legislation that would have been detrimental to county government.

It was an honor and privilege to serve as president of the Texas Association of Counties. I loved being your president, but it is now time for me to return home and get back to my primary job as Brazoria County Clerk so I tackle the goals I set for myself there. The Association will continue to pursue and develop ways to provide services and support to counties.

Thank you for letting me serve you. While I may no longer be president, I will always be a part of TAC. 

 

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