Comal County Commissioners Court
Counties are constitutional subdivisions of the state, and as a principal institution of county government, the courts role combines elements of judicial, legislative and executive functions. Other institutions of county government include independent, elected and appointed officials, such as the sheriff, and independent boards, such as the board of judges.
In Texas, the relationship between institutions of county government is designed to be independent and adversarial. In this framework, the principal power of the court is the power of the purse. Each year, the court adopts the county tax rate and the county budget, setting the salary and budget for independent elected officials, as well as outlining expenditures for departments under the direct control of the court.
As the administrative head of county government, the court has the authority enact county-wide policies, and to the extent provided by law, to enact legislation in the form of court orders. The court also exercises varying degrees of oversight over subsidiary county boards and commissioners, which may differ from county to county, but which commonly include drainage districts, irrigation districts, housing authorities and the like. In some instances, the court may also serve as the board of directors for these special districts or authorities, as well as fulfill the role of county school board.
Court Elected Officials, Webpages, and Contact Information
Sherman Krause, County Judge
Donna Eccleston, Commissioner Precinct 1
Scott Haag, Commissioner, Precinct 2
Kevin Webb, Commissioner Precinct 3
Jen Crownover, Commissioner, Precinct 4
Contact the Court, Christy Rule
Explanation of Court Continued:
Each voting member of the court has one vote. The county judge serves as the presiding officer of the commissioners court, while the county clerk is charged with keeping the minutes of the court, and attesting any actions it make take. State law requires that, except in cases of emergency, that an agenda of the items to be considered by the court be posted at least 72 hours prior to its meeting. Among counties, the process for placing items on the agenda, and posting it, varies widely, with the task most often falling to the county judge, county clerk or a specially-appointed court clerk.