What is a county and Its role in the well-being of the citizens of Fort Bend County?
County governments provide the underlying infrastructure—the glue—that enables Texans to live productive lives in harmony with each other. As the functional arm of state government, key county services include support of public safety and jails, effective regional transportation, support for the court system, reliable record-keeping for deeds and public documents, operating elections and certain environmental, health and human services.
The Office of the Constitutional County Judge performs the following duties:
- Empowered by the Constitution as the County’s Chief Executive officer
- The presiding officer of the Commissioners Court including publishing meeting notices and prohibiting illegal closed meetings
- Administrative duties primarily relate to carrying out the court orders passed by the Commissioners Court, signing all contracts, and overseeing all non-elected department heads
- Fort Bend County liaison between State, Federal, City and other County Governments
- Actively participates in both public and private sector economic development
- Director of Emergency Management and oversees civil defense and disaster relief for the county residents
- Serves on the County Bail Bond Board, Purchasing Board, the Juvenile Board and the County Elections Commission
- As a voting member of the Commissioners Court performs many of the same duties and responsibilities as a County Commissioner
Other Responsibilities Include:
- Sets and receives bonds or sureties for certain county officials and other appointments by Commissioners Court
- Refuses or issues Court Ordered Delayed Birth Certificates and Death Certificates
- Other than the largely administrative duties listed above, all judicial duties of the County Judge are vested in the six County Courts- at- Law maintained by Fort Bend County