What is a County Commissioner?
The county commissioner is responsible for roads and bridges within their precinct and makes policy-making budget decisions. Four commissioners, elected from a quarter of the county's population, serve along with the county judge on the commissioner’s court.
What does a County Commissioner Do in Texas?
A county commissioner in Texas has the following duties:
As 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 the precinct
The commissioners court conducts the general business of the county and 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
County Commissioner Qualifications
A County Commissioner must meet the following qualifications at the time of appointment or election:
Resident of Texas for at least 12 consecutive months
Resident of the precinct for at least six consecutive months
Registered to vote in the commissioners precinct
At least 18 years of age
Not have been finally convicted of a felony from which they have not been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disabilities
Not have been determined by a court with probate jurisdiction to be totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote
In presidential years County Commissioner Precinct No. 1 and Precinct No. 3 are on the ballot.