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  • County Improvement Project

    County Improvement Project

    Creating County Solutions County Improvement Project Includes $20,000 Fellowship Award 2016 Applications Due June 1 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 […]

  • County Budget Spotlight

    County Budget Spotlight

    Crafting a Budget in a High-Growth County By Julie Anderson, Editor  “Fort Bend County is, and has been for many years, a high-growth county. In the 13 years I’ve been County Judge, we’ve added 400,000 to our population to now exceed 725,000 residents. That growth provides our greatest challenge as we strive to accomplish as […]

  • Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

    Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

    Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization  Editor’s Note: The following is Part 2 in a series, “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness,” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at http://rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. Part 1 ran in our March issue; we […]

  • County Focus: County Extension Agents

    County Focus: County Extension Agents

    County Extension Agent When Texas residents interact with a County Extension Agent, they are interacting – by extension – with the Texas A&M University System. That became clearer with the addition of “A&M” to the name of the agency that oversees County Extension Agents, now called the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The change became […]

  • Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

    Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

      Editor’s Note: The following is Part 1 in a series from “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness, ” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. We will continue the series in our April issue.   By Kate Murphy and Christi Barr Center for Effective Justice Texas Public Policy Foundation […]

County Improvement Project

County Improvement Project

Creating County Solutions County Improvement Project Includes $20,000 Fellowship Award 2016 Applications Due June 1 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 […]

County Budget Spotlight

County Budget Spotlight

Crafting a Budget in a High-Growth County By Julie Anderson, Editor  “Fort Bend County is, and has been for many years, a high-growth county. In the 13 years I’ve been County Judge, we’ve added 400,000 to our population to now exceed 725,000 residents. That growth provides our greatest challenge as we strive to accomplish as […]

Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

Overincarceration of Mentally Ill Inmates Part 2

Pretrial Diversion Across the Country and the Next Steps for Texas to Improve its Efforts and Increase Utilization  Editor’s Note: The following is Part 2 in a series, “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness,” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at http://rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. Part 1 ran in our March issue; we […]

County Focus: County Extension Agents

County Focus: County Extension Agents

County Extension Agent When Texas residents interact with a County Extension Agent, they are interacting – by extension – with the Texas A&M University System. That became clearer with the addition of “A&M” to the name of the agency that oversees County Extension Agents, now called the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The change became […]

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness Part 1

  Editor’s Note: The following is Part 1 in a series from “Overincarceration of People with Mental Illness, ” a report released in June 2015. The full report is available at rightoncrime.com/2015/06/overincarceration-of-people-with-mental-illness/. We will continue the series in our April issue.   By Kate Murphy and Christi Barr Center for Effective Justice Texas Public Policy Foundation […]

April 2016 National County Government Month

April 2016 National County Government Month

Safe and Secure Counties National County Government Month (NCGM) is an annual celebration of county government held each April. Since 1991, the National Association of Counties has encouraged counties to actively promote the services and programs they offer. Counties can schedule activities any time during the month. This year’s theme is Safe and Secure Counties. […]

Keeping Fit in Medina County

Keeping Fit in Medina County

  County Judge Prioritizes Employee Wellness By Julie Anderson, Editor   So much of county government comes down to numbers. How much money do we need, how much money do we have, and how much money do we owe? Equations are the name of the game, especially when it comes to budget time. Medina County has […]

County Focus: County Health Authority

County Focus: County Health Authority

  County Progress kicked off our January 2016 coverage with the county constable. We continued in February with the juvenile probation department, and this month we address the county health authority.   History The Texas Legislature has delegated counties and municipalities the power to appoint one physician as the county health authority within their jurisdiction. […]

Crockett County Courthouse

Crockett County Courthouse

Crockett County Courthouse County Seat: Ozona County Population: 3,719 (2010 U.S. Census)   The 1902 Crockett County Courthouse, the county’s second temple of justice, is aptly described in the capitol’s historical marker text: “Built 1902. Second courthouse for county. American Gothic architecture, planned by Oscar Ruffini, San Angelo. Material is fine stone quarried nearby on […]

A Glimpse in the Life of Wise County Commissioner Kevin Burns

A Glimpse in the Life of Wise County Commissioner Kevin Burns

  Every so often, County Progress asks our distinguished Judges and Commissioners to allow us a glimpse into their public lives, giving us a fresh appreciation for the myriad of roles and responsibilities they shoulder every day. Our thanks to Wise County Commissioner Kevin Burns for taking the time to visit with us.   Wise […]