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  • County Focus: Purchasing Agent

    County Focus: Purchasing Agent

    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 about […]

  • Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller

    Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller

    Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller, newly elected First Vice President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Biographical Information Ben Zeller is an 8th-generation Texan with deep roots in our state. Ben’s g-g-g-g-g-grandfather, William Smothers, scouted the unsettled lands of Texas in the early 1800s. He later returned with Stephen F. Austin and his “Old […]

  • Judicial Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom

    Judicial Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom

      You live among your constituents. You work among them, see them at the coffee shop, the grocery story, at school and at church. Unlike your federal and state officials who travel to their respective capitols to cast their votes, you govern right here at home. To most, the relationship afforded by grassroots government serves […]

  • Public Finance 101: Statutes Define County Options

    Public Finance 101: Statutes Define County Options

    By Julie Anderson, Editor As a unit of state government, county government is charged with mandatory duties including conducting elections, providing for public safety, operating the court and jail systems, and providing for indigent legal defense. As part of their commitment to the local community, county governments also authorize discretionary or optional services, such as […]

  • Ask the Experts

    Ask the Experts

    How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer: Greg Brinkmeyer, P.E., Senior Training Specialist, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), […]

County Focus: Purchasing Agent

County Focus: Purchasing Agent

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 about […]

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller

Victoria County Judge Ben Zeller, newly elected First Vice President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Biographical Information Ben Zeller is an 8th-generation Texan with deep roots in our state. Ben’s g-g-g-g-g-grandfather, William Smothers, scouted the unsettled lands of Texas in the early 1800s. He later returned with Stephen F. Austin and his “Old […]

Judicial Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom

Judicial Ethics In and Out of the Courtroom

  You live among your constituents. You work among them, see them at the coffee shop, the grocery story, at school and at church. Unlike your federal and state officials who travel to their respective capitols to cast their votes, you govern right here at home. To most, the relationship afforded by grassroots government serves […]

Public Finance 101: Statutes Define County Options

Public Finance 101: Statutes Define County Options

By Julie Anderson, Editor As a unit of state government, county government is charged with mandatory duties including conducting elections, providing for public safety, operating the court and jail systems, and providing for indigent legal defense. As part of their commitment to the local community, county governments also authorize discretionary or optional services, such as […]

Ask the Experts

Ask the Experts

How Can We Make County Roads Last Longer? County Progress tapped into the know-how of some of the state’s leading road experts headquartered at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Arlington.   Question: What are the keys to building long-lasting roads? Answer: Greg Brinkmeyer, P.E., Senior Training Specialist, Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP), […]

Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

Load Limit Posting of Local Jurisdiction Bridges

By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor All bridges, defined as bridge classified roadway structures, located on the public highways, roads and streets of the Lone Star State are required by the federal government under National Bridge Inspection Standards to be inspected by pre-qualified bridge inspectors every two years. The state […]

Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

Drift Removal Important Element of Bridge Maintenance

By Ralph K. Banks, P.E. Lone Star LTAP, TEEX Adjunct Instructor A frequent problem for stream-crossing bridges is the lodging and buildup of streamflow drift against the bridge substructure interior supports and/or abutments. This drift is also referred to by some as “debris.” Either term, as used in bridge maintenance, usually describes any floating or […]

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 […]