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  • County Roads 101

    County Roads 101

    By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

  • County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

    County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

    County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

  • Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

    Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

    Making History Potter County’s First Female Judge No Stranger to County Government   By Julie Anderson Editor When 18-year-old Nancy Tanner walked across the stage at Amarillo’s Caprock High, she knew exactly where she was headed. Tanner, Class of 1969, was the second of four children, and her parents could afford to send only the […]

  • Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

    Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

    Legal Information vs. Legal Advice Guidelines and Instructions for Clerks and Court Personnel Who Work with Self-Represented Litigants in Texas State Courts   Editor’s Note: During a recent Judicial Education Session, Ector County Judge Susan Redford recommended the following as “a great resource, not only Judges, but also court staff when faced with pro se […]

  • County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

    County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

    County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

County Roads 101

County Roads 101

By Julie Anderson, Editor   County Progress is regularly asked for information on the varied county road systems. The text below provides a simple explanation of each system and the related Commissioners Court responsibilities, along with important information on statutorily required road reports.   The Basics             A county road is a public road that […]

County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

County Focus Series: Engineer and Road Administrator

County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

Making History: Potter County’s First Female Judge

Making History Potter County’s First Female Judge No Stranger to County Government   By Julie Anderson Editor When 18-year-old Nancy Tanner walked across the stage at Amarillo’s Caprock High, she knew exactly where she was headed. Tanner, Class of 1969, was the second of four children, and her parents could afford to send only the […]

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice

Legal Information vs. Legal Advice Guidelines and Instructions for Clerks and Court Personnel Who Work with Self-Represented Litigants in Texas State Courts   Editor’s Note: During a recent Judicial Education Session, Ector County Judge Susan Redford recommended the following as “a great resource, not only Judges, but also court staff when faced with pro se […]

County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

County Focus Series: Auditor and Treasurer

County Focus Series   Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that make up county government. What are the responsibilities of the Commissioners Court? How […]

County Focus: Tax Assessors

County Focus: Tax Assessors

  By Richard O. Avery, Ph.D., County Relations Officer, Texas Association of Counties   County Focus Series  Years ago, County Progress published a special series of articles to help acclimate new officials to Commissioners Court: County Focus. This set of descriptive writings authored by experts in the field covers the varied offices and departments that […]

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Delinquent Fine and Fee Collection

Initiative, Innovation Pay Off   By Julie Anderson Editor   When it comes to delinquent collections, Burnet County Judge James Oakley views the matter as one of respect. “Our taxpayers are doing their fair share of contributing,” Oakley explained. “I think it’s disrespectful to the taxpayers to allow outstanding debts to go unpaid.” When it […]

Memorial Day 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Service to Country Followed by Service to Community By Julie Anderson Editor   As an only child, he grew up in a small town outside of Cincinnati working on his parents’ 300-acre farm. As a young man facing the draft, he opted for the U.S. Air Force where he found himself in Weymouth, England, as […]

Steel Truss Bridges

Steel Truss Bridges

Proper Maintenance, Repair Remain High Priority By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. *TEEX, Texas Lone Star LTAP Bridge Maintenance Adjunct Instructor     As you travel across this great state and venture off the beaten path on to county roads, byways and rural areas, there is no doubt you will cross a bridge or two. Once […]

Creating County Solutions

Creating County Solutions

  County Improvement Project Includes $20,000 Fellowship Award Texas counties face challenges emanating from budget constraints, an aging infrastructure, and a growing and diverse population.  Intertwined with these issues are opportunities presented by advances in technology and recent economic prosperity.  Texas county government is becoming an ever-increasingly complex world.  Yet, these conditions also provide county […]