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    Across the state, 254 counties serve the needs of more than 28 million Texans.

    Awards | September 07, 2023

    2013 County Best Practices Award Recipients

    Program Title: The Tire Shark
    County: Collin County
    Contact: Tim Wyatt
    Phone: (972) 548-4673

    Description: The Collin County Public Works Department joined forces with the Collin County Sheriff's Office to dispose of illegally dumped tires collected during clean-up of dumping sites along its county roads and creek beds.

    Details: View Video

    Program Title: Marks, Brands and Tattoos
    County: Collin County
    Contact: Stacy Kemp
    Phone: (972) 548-4185

    Description: Online registration program for livestock.

    Details: View Video

    Program Title: QR Codes on Tax Statements
    County: Comal County
    Contact: Cathy Talcott
    Phone: (830) 221-1355

    Description: The first county in the nation to put a QR code on its tax statements so that residents can easily pay property taxes via their smart phones.

    Details: View Video

    Program Title: Warrant Laser-Fiche Program
    County: Harris County
    Contact: Tim Cannon
    Phone: (281) 401-6344

    Description: Allows for warrants to be searched through a variety of fields; the Precinct 4 Constable's Office no longer has to house thousands of paper warrants.

    Details: View Video

    Program Title: Domestic Abuse Intervention
    County: Hidalgo County
    Contact: Lupe Trevino
    Phone: (956) 393-6179

    Description: Established a team of Domestic Abuse Intervention Specialists, specially-trained sheriffs deputies that work to reach out to victims of domestic violence and intervene with first-time perpetrators so they do not re-offend.

    Program Title: Bridging the Knowledge Gaps
    County: Tarrant County
    Contact: Jeff Nicholson
    Phone: (817) 884-3295

    Description: Established a robust "Bridging the Knowledge Gaps" intranet, which has increased efficiency and broken down departmental barriers.

    Details: View Video