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Tarrant County Commissioners Court

Commissioners Court Members

The Commissioners Court is the general governing body of Tarrant County. The Court is made up of the County Judge who is elected countywide and presides over the full Court, and the four County Commissioners -- each elected from one of the County's four precincts.

The four County Commissioners have both countywide and precinct responsibilities. Each commissioner is responsible for construction and maintenance of County roads within his or her precinct. Commissioners maintain offices both at the Administration Building and within their precincts. They are responsive to the particular needs of people living within their areas of the County. In Tarrant County, each member of Commissioners Court serves as a liaison to a particular board or agency of the County such as the Hospital District.

Commissioners Court Meetings

Tuesdays - 10 a.m., Tarrant County Administration Building, 100 E. Weatherford Street, Suite 502A, Fort Worth, Texas 76196

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The hours of operation are Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information on obtaining copies of documents filed with the County Clerk's office , please call 817-884-1195 during regular business hours.

The County Clerk's Office provides support staff for the Tarrant County Commissioner's Court. The County Clerk is responsible for keeping court minutes and records. These records date back to 1876 and are kept in the County Clerk's Office on the fifth floor of the Tarrant County Administration Building.

The Commissioners Court meets at 10 a.m., every Tuesday, in the Commissioners Courtroom on the fifth floor of the County Administration Building, 100 East Weatherford Street, Suite 502A, Fort Worth. All meetings are open to the public and citizens are urged to attend.

Public Comments and Participation

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Citizens are welcome to address the Commissioners Court at the regular open session, Tuesdays at 10 a.m. during the Public Comments section of the Agenda.

However, State Law mandates that the Commissioners Court is not allowed to respond to items or topics presented by citizens during the Public Comments section if the topic is not properly agendized. To have an item agendized in order for the Court to respond, please contact the Tarrant County Administrator's Office at 817-884-1267.

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Despite the name, Commissioners Court is not a judicial court but is the general governing body of the County. Among the major duties of the Court, the Court is to:

  1. Set the tax rate and adopt the County budget;
  2. Appoint County officials and hire personnel;
  3. Fill elective and appointive vacancies;
  4. Establish voting precincts, appoint precinct judges and call County bond elections;
  5. Let contracts and authorize payment of all County bills;
  6. Build and maintain County roads and bridges;
  7. Build, maintain and improve County facilities, including jails;
  8. Provide for hospitals, public welfare and veterans assistance;
  9. Manage all County facilities;
  10. Provide for the data service and archival needs of the County;
  11. Appoint an Administrator to oversee the operations of those departments reporting to the Court.

Redistricting

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On August 2, 2011, the Commissioners Court approved a Preliminary Illustrative County Commissioner Precincts Plan Map, which was available for public review at various locations throughout the county and on the Tarrant County Web Portal.

A public hearing was held on the Preliminary Illustrative County Commissioner Precincts Plan on August 17, 2011.  On August 30, 2011, the Commissioners Court, through Court Order #111074, approved the plan for submission to the U.S. Department of Justice under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act and on September 14, 2011, it was submitted to the DOJ.

On September 6, 2011, the Commissioners Court approved a Preliminary Illustrative Justice Precinct Plan Map, which was available for public review in the Administration Building at 100 E. Weatherford St. in Downtown Fort Worth and on the Tarrant County Web Portal.

A public hearing was held on the Preliminary Illustrative Justice Precinct Plan on September 20, 2011.  On October 11, 2011, the Commissioners Court, through Court Order #111422, approved the plan.

The Commissioners Precinct Plan was approved by the U.S. Department of Justice on November 2, 2011, while the Justice Precinct Plan approved by the DOJ on December 21, 2011.

The DOJ submissions are available for review in the County Clerk's Office and in the County Administrator's Office at 100 E. Weatherford Street in downtown Fort Worth.  Below are the approved maps that were effective on January 1, 2012.

Justice Precincts Map

County Commissioner Precincts Map

For more information on Redistricting, please call 817-884-2535.