The Office of County Clerk has been in existence in Texas since 1836, superseding the escribano (secretary) of Spanish-Mexican rule. Section 20, Article 5 of the Texas Constitution provides:
Sec. 20. There shall be elected for each county, by qualified voters, a County Clerk, who shall hold office for four years, who shall be clerk of the County and Commissioners Courts and recorder of the county, whose duties, prerequisites and fees of office shall be prescribed by the Legislature, and a vacancy in whose office shall be filled by Commissioners Court,until the next general election ...
The County Clerk must be a seasoned administrator with expertise in the areas of strategic planning, caseflow management, information systems management, records management, human resource management, program evaluation, financial management and public relations.
The primary areas of responsibility are
- County Recorder
- Clerk of County Court, County Courts at Law, & Commissioners Court
- Records Manager
- Local Registrar & Vital Statistics
- Fee Officer
- Elected Officials