New to Office Kit
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. Or, follow the links below to access a digital copy of the materials.
Resources for Officials Each year, county officials and staff must know more than they did the year before. Education is not an option; it is a must.
Resources for Officials PDF guide which provides information about the Texas Legislature.
Resources for Officials PDF brochure for TAC CIRA which provides technology solutions for counties.
Resources for Officials PDF brochure for TAC's DIR-Certified Cybersecurity Course.
Resources for Officials Your County’s Guide to Protecting Your Employees, Your Assets and Tax Dollars.
Resources for Officials Your County’s Guide to Protecting Your Employees, Your Assets and Tax Dollars
Resources for Officials These services are carefully crafted and delivered to help county government function more efficiently.
Resources for Officials PDF brochure with Who to Contact at TAC information.
Resources for Officials PDF that contains helpful information for new public officials.
Resources for Officials A yearly report that covers updates, achivements and across TAC and the counties that we serve.
Resources for Officials PDF guide that provides information on certain things to be aware of when you're a public official.
Resources for Officials This guide is a compilation of current statutes affecting the administration and operation of the principal county offices.
Resources for Officials The Texas Association of Counties’ (TAC) Legislative Department has developed a Core Legislative Group whose members are advocates on behalf of counties with the Legislature.
Resources for Officials Upcoming academy trainings.
Resources for Officials The mission of the Texas Association of Counties is to unite counties to achieve better solutions.
Additional Legal Resources
- 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.
Do you want a box of printed resources?NEO Box Request
Preparing to Take Office Workshops
In December of even-numbered year TAC holds 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.