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    Education & Training

    The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) provides a wide variety of coordinated, professionally planned training events to address the daily challenges of county officials and staff.


    Continuing Education for County Commissioners

    What is a County Commissioner?

    The county commissioner is responsible for roads and bridges within their precinct and makes policy-making budget decisions. Four commissioners, elected from a quarter of the county's population, serve along with the county judge on the commissioner’s court.

    What does a County Commissioner Do in Texas?

    A county commissioner in Texas has the following duties:

    • As member of the commissioners court, exercises broad policy-making authority.
    • Represents one of four precincts within the county.
    • Typically responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges within the precinct.

    Commissioners Court

    The commissioners court conducts the general business of the county and consists of the county judge and four commissioners.

    The commissioners court has the following duties:

    • Adopts the county’s budget and tax rate.
    • Approves all budgeted purchases of the county.
    • Fills vacancies in elective and appointive offices.
    • Sets all salaries and benefits.
    • Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts.
    • Provides and maintains all county buildings and facilities.

    For more complete information about the responsibilties of a county commissioner and other county officials, see the "Guide to Texas Laws for County Officials."

    Please note: Some duties performed by officials may vary within individual counties.

    County Commissioner Requirements

    Commissioners are required to attain 16 hours every 12-month period and may carry forward up to eight hours. Some exceptions apply.

    See the full continuing education requirements and more

    County Commissioner Qualifications2

    A County Commissioner must meet the following qualifications at the time of appointment or election:

    • U.S. Citizen.
    • Resident of Texas for at least 12 consecutive months.
    • Resident of the precinct for at least six consecutive months.
    • Registered to vote in the commissioners precinct.
    • At least 18 years of age.
    • Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which they have not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities.
    • Not have been determined by a court with probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

    Candidates for this office generally must meet the above qualifications at the time of filing.

    For more information, see the Secretary of State Elections Division website.

    Legal Source: Local Government Code Sec. 81.0025, Section (e).

    2Vernon’s Ann. Texas Const. Art. 5, §18; V.T.C.A., Election Code §141.001

    Commissioners are required to attain 16 hours every 12-month period and may carry forward up to 8 hours. Some exceptions apply. See Local Government Code Sec. 81.0025, Section (e).

    Programs that Qualify 

    The Commissioners Education Committee of the Judges and Commissioners Association reviews programs to advise membership of appropriate educational opportunities. Programs must be accredited by an institution of higher learning.

    Filing for Credit 

    A certificate of attendance is furnished by the sponsor of the conference that you attend. Commissioners should maintain a copy for their records. The program sponsor will assist by submitting forms to the Judges and Commissioners Association who will then furnish transcripts to commissioners after the end of the year.

    Legal Source

    Commissioners: Local Government Code, Section 81.0025. This section was amended by the 84th legislature. Pending publication of the current statutes, see H.B. 1879, 84th Legislature, Regular Session, for amendments affecting this section.

    Open Government Training Information

    Elected and appointed public officials are required by a state law to receive training in Texas open government laws. For more information on this training including free video training courses, check out The Office of the Attorney General website.

    County Official Organizations 

    The Texas Association of Counties serves as the umbrella organization for various independent county official organizations in Texas. These organizations serve as an important resource for county officials for information, networking and advocacy.

    Below are links to the websites for County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, which provide information on annual conference dates, list serves and more and to the regional associations' leadership.


    See our full calendar of upcoming events

    Designed and guided by county officials, our professionally planned educational activities also offer great opportunities to network with your peers.

    Coordinating Body
    James P. Allison
    General Counsel for the County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas
    Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
    1301 Nueces St, Ste 201
    Austin, Texas 78701

    The Office of Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
    (512) 482-0701
    Toll Free: (800) 733-0699

    Allison, Bass, & Magee, LLP is the official registrar and permanent contact for county commissioners hours.