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The State of Texas Constitution created each of the 254 counties in the state. Each county has a five member govern body called Commissioners Court.

Membership of Commissioners Court

  • 4 county commissioners representing an equal portion of the county population, land and roads
  • County judge is the presiding officer of the court
  • County clerk is the clerk of court responsible for taking, filing and preserving the minutes and supporting documents of the court meetings. Also, The Clerk is the custodian of the seal of the court.

Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 81 sets out the composition, terms of the court, required meetings, rules of the court including quorum and meeting notice, continuing education, and authority. A county can only act through its commissioners court, and the individual commissioners have no authority to bind the county by their separate actions or agreements.

Scheduled Meeting
Time
1st, 2nd, and 4th Tuesday of each month at 1:00 PM
Location
Room 203 of the 1909 Courthouse in Richmond, Texas
Minutes
Prepared by the county clerk's staff and is available for public access by Tuesday of the following week.
Agenda Notice
Prepared by the county judge's staff and is filed with the county clerk and posted by Friday. The agenda list only the items that may be discussed at each Tuesday's court meeting. The agenda is also available on the County's web site.
The meetings are open to the public. In fact, a "public comment" time is given at the beginning of each meeting allowing each speaker three minutes to make comments regarding any issue of interest.

Commissioners Court have specific authority such as adopt an annual county budget and set the county's tax rate; exercise control over and maintain all public county roads; build and maintain bridges; establish and appoint department heads, boards and committees; provide for the health and well-being of paupers who are eligible residents of the county; establish a least cost review program for public improvements including drainage; call various county elections; authorize payment of claims against the county; and approve contracts and agreements.

Last updated: 7/11/2016 11:48:26 AM