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County Judge & County Commissioners

County Judge

  • Presiding officer of the Commissioners Court.
  • Represents the county in many administrative functions.
  • Serves as budget officer in counties with fewer than 225,000 residents.
  • Most have broad judicial duties, such as presiding over misdemeanor criminal and small civil cases, probate matters and appeals from the Justice of the Peace Court.
  • Serves as head of emergency management.

Visit the County Judges & Commissioners Association of Texas website to learn more.


County Commissioner

  • As a member of the Commissioners Court, exercises broad policy-making authority.
  • Represents one of four precincts within the county.
  • Typically responsible for building and maintaining county roads and bridges within their precinct.

What is a County Commissioner?


Commissioners Court

  • Conducts the general business of the county
  • Consists of the County Judge and four Commissioners
  • Adopts the county’s budget and tax rate.
  • Approves all budgeted purchases of the county.
  • Fills vacancies in elective and appointive offices.
  • Sets all salaries and benefits.
  • Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts.
  • Provides and maintains all county buildings and facilities.

Local Public Servants

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