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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.

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    Leadership 254 Testimonials and Past Participants

    "The greatest benefit I take away is a complete toolbox of top-rated resources for leadership skills and direct contact with support of a Leadership 254 family."

    —2021-22 Alumni

    "Leadership 254 helped me reach my goal - I have looked at things differently and have more tools and resources to put to work for me, for the benefit of the County."

    —2021-22 Alumni

    "A must-attend class."

    —San Jacinto County Sheriff Greg Capers, class of 2017-2018

    "One of the greatest benefits I received by attending Leadership 254 is the friendships, knowledge that was gained from a variety of people who have walked different walks of life that made them the leader they are today."

    —Eastland County Clerk Cathy Jentho, class of 2019-2020

    "There are not enough words to express how much this experience has meant to me. It has brought me back alive."

    —Nacogdoches County District Clerk Loretta Cammack, class of 2017-2018

    "I ended up feeling that county government is truly a 'team' effort and that by us all working together and trusting one another, we can and do make a difference."

    —Llano County Commissioner Linda Raschke, class of 2019-2020

    "Leadership 254 is powerful AND fun. Enjoying other county leaders from across Texas was interesting and inspiring. There are some really great people out there seeking to do the right thing because they care about people, and they care about Texas."

    —Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, class of 2019-2020

    "Leadership 254 was the best experience of my professional life."

    —Carson County and District Clerk Celeste Bichsel, class of 2017-2018

    "One of the very best things I have ever attended, I can’t say enough about this awesome experience."

    —Lynn County Tax Assessor-Collector Donna Willis, class of 2017-2018

    "I definitely recommend Leadership 254 to other county officials. I developed friendships and working relationships across many offices, across Texas."

    —Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson, class of 2017-2018

    "There’s no other opportunity like Leadership 254! If you want to grow as an individual and county official you must do Leadership 254."

    —Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann Marie Carruth, class of 2017-2018


    Past Class Participants

    Back Row (L to R): Johnson County Constable Matt Wylie, Hidalgo County Commissioner David Fuentes, Hemphill County Judge Lisa Johnson, Hale County Judge David Mull,Montgomery County Constable Philip Cash, Eastland County Auditor Loretta Key, Gregg County Justice of the Peace Tim Bryan

    Middle Row (L to R): Kerr County Attorney Heather Stebbins, San Patricio County District Clerk Heather Marks, Denton County Treasurer Cindy Yeatts Brown, Comal County Treasurer Renee Couch, Rockwall County District Attorney Kenda Culpepper, Montgomery County Tax Assessor-Collector Tammy McRae, Travis County District Clerk Velva Price, Jim Wells County Clerk J.C. Perez, Liberty County Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Rader, Cochran County Judge Pat Henry

    Front Row (L to R): Tyler County Treasurer Leann Monk, Matagorda County Auditor Kristen Kubecka, Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, Brazos County Justice of the Peace Celina Vasquez, Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp

    Additional members not photographed: Bell County Commissioner Bobby Whitson

    Back RowBack Row (L to R): Collin County Constable Shane Williams, Floyd County Judge Marty Lucke, Menard County Constable Lee Callan, Kerr County Treasurer Tracy Soldan, Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis, Carson County Judge Dan Looten, Eastland County Clerk Cathy Jentho, Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector Larry Gaddes

    Front Row (L to R): Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp, McCulloch County Justice of the Peace Maggie Sawyer, Matagorda County Attorney Denise Fortenberry, Llano County Commissioner Linda Raschke, Jefferson County District Clerk Jamie Smith, Wilson County Justice of the Peace Sara Canady

    Additional members not photographed: Atascosa County Auditor Tracey Barrera, Guadalupe County Treasurer Linda Douglass, Cass County Treasurer Donna Early, Hidalgo County District Clerk Laura Hinojosa, Medina County Auditor Eduardo Lopez

    Fourth Row (L to R): 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

    Third Row (L to R): Collin County Commissioner Susan Fletcher, Brazoria County Clerk Joyce Hudman, Randall County Auditor Karon Kantor, 452nd District Attorney Tonya Ahlschwede

    Second Row (L to R) : 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

    First Row (L to R): Madison County Auditor Toni Joyner, Lubbock County Justice of the Peace Ann-Marie Carruth, Travis County Constable Carols Lopez, Schleicher County Treasurer Jennifer Henderson, Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones

    Leadership 254 Details

    Education & Training

    Application and TAC Scholarship

     Education and Training  TAC will provide a scholarship to each participant selected to attend. The scholarship covers Leadership 254 course materials, assessments, food and lodging.

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    Continuing Education Credit

     Education and Training  TAC submits applications for CE credit to each governing body. Upon approval, the number of hours will be posted.

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    Agenda, Dates and Locations

     Education and Training  TAC will send a detailed agenda to participants prior to the start date of all modules. Lodging is included and TAC will manage the hotel reservations for each module.

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    Testimonials and Past Participants

     Education and Training  Read actual testimonials from past graduates of Leadership 254 and what they got out of the program.

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    Assignments and Expectations

     Education and Training  Leadership 254 challenges, stretches and, most importantly, transforms participants into leaders who can positively affect their counties and Texas.


    2023-2024 Class Roster (PDF)

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    View an up-to-date roster for the current 2023-2024 Leadership 254 class participants. PDF download.

    Haley Click Director of Education & Member Services
    Deanna Auert Manager of TAC Programs & Education
    Megan West TAC Programs & Education Coordinator
    (800) 456-5974