93rd Annual West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference

April 19 - 22, 2022

Arlington Expo Center
1200 Ballpark Way
Arlington, TX 76011

For more information, contact Michele Ewerz or Jackie Boone at (800) 456-5974.

Registration is closed.

Overview

Our 2022 conference will provide valuable information on budgeting, personnel policies, legislative updates and other timely topics that affect your daily operations as an elected official. This event also offers a great opportunity for you to get together with fellow judges and commissioners from West Texas and across the state.

The conference agenda was crafted to include the latest information on hot topics in county government as well as advanced curriculum sessions. But not all of the learning will take place in the classroom. You may also choose to network with other officials during the golf, domino, 42 and pool tournaments on Thursday afternoon. Other opportunities include the Welcome Reception and the Host Court Night on Tuesday, the Dinner and Dance on Wednesday and the Installation Luncheon on Thursday.

Traditions

Naming the County Official of the Year and the Distinguished Service Award recipients is always a highlight of the conference. Nominations for these awards may be emailed to the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association: Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge, at gwhitley@tarrantcounty.com.

Another tradition of this association is the annual scholarship program. College scholarships in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $750 will be awarded to three applicants during the conference. The application deadline is April 1. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must be a child, grandchild or individual under the legal guardianship of a current West Texas county judge or commissioner. All applicants must also be a current resident of a county in the West Texas region, as well as a graduating senior of the class of 2022 from a high school within the 118-county West Texas region. To download the application, click here.

Interested in Serving on the West Texas CJCA Board?

If you are interested in serving on the Board of the West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, please fill out and return the board application (link below) to First Vice President and Parmer County Commissioner Kirk Frye. Here is the application and detailed information explaining what serving on the Board entails.

Spouse Activities

Activities for spouses will be arranged for Wednesday. More details will be available when final.

Association Officers

Hon. Glen Whitley, President
Tarrant County Judge

Hon. Kirk Frye, First Vice President
Parmer County Commissioner

Hon. Cindy Irwin, Second Vice President
Hutchinson County Judge

Hon. John Nanny, Past President
Irion County Commissioner

Association Directors

Hon. Roger Morris
Oldham County Commissioner

Hon. Mike DeLoach
Lamb County Judge

Hon. Reggie Loeffler
Mason County Commissioner

Please remember to bring a door prize.

Book your group rate for 93rd Annual West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Conference

The host hotel is the Sheraton Arlington Hotel. Please request the “West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association” room block when reserving your sleeping room. The deadline to reserve rooms at the special rate is March 28, so make your reservations early. All reservations received after this date will be accepted on a space-available basis and at the prevailing hotel rates. Guests will need to guarantee reservations with a credit card. Reservations canceled within 48 hours of expected arrival will be billed to the credit card that was used to guarantee the reservation.

Host Hotel (Full)

Sheraton Arlington Hotel
1500 Convention Center Dr.
Arlington, TX 76011
(817) 261-8200

Room rate: $169 per night

Overflow Hotel

Courtyard by Marriott Dallas Arlington/Entertainment District
1500 Nolan Ryan Expy
Arlington, TX 76011
817-277-2774

If you need to cancel your room or be added to the waitlist, please contact Jackie Boone at jackieb@county.org or (800) 456-5974.

If special accommodations are needed, please contact Michele Ewerz at (800) 456-5974 or by email at michelee@county.org.

Tuesday, April 19
2-4:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
6-9 p.m. Host Court Night
Wednesday, April 20
TBD Spouse Event
Noon Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Dance
Live music by Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
Sponsored by Warren CAT
Thursday, April 21
7 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
11:30 a.m. Installation Luncheon
1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
Sponsored by Yellowhouse Machinery Co.
1:30 p.m. Domino and 42 Tournaments
9 p.m. President’s Farewell Jam Session
Tuesday, April 19
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
10 a.m. Exhibitors Set Up
Early Bird Session
9:30-10:20 a.m. ARPA Overview
Speaker: Hon. Tramer Woytek, Judicial Education Liaison, TAC
10:20-11:10 a.m. Budgeting ARPA Funds
Speakers: Hon. B. Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge
11:10-11:20 a.m. Break
11:20 a.m.-12:10 p.m. Coordinating with other Entities (including interlocal agreements)
Speaker: Hon. Stephanie Moreno, Judicial Program Manager, TAC
12:10-1:10 p.m. Provided Lunch for Early Bird Session
1:10-2 p.m. Bidding/Purchasing Requirements
Speaker: Mr. Scott Arledge, Assistant Director of Purchasing, Denton County
STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
2 p.m. Nominations Committee
Resolutions Committee
Conference City Committee
Scholarship Committee
2-4:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
4:30 p.m. Board Meeting
6 p.m. Host Court Night
Wednesday, April 20
7:30 a.m. Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
OPENING GENERAL SESSION
Expo 2 at ACC │ 8-11:55 a.m.
8-8:30 a.m.

Call to Order
Hon. B. Glen Whitley, Tarrant County Judge; President, West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association

Invocation
Chaplain Wes McDuffie, Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office

Presentation of Colors
Tarrant County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard National Anthem
Mr. Justin M. DeLoach, Chief Development Officer, Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater West Texas

Pledges of Allegiance
Hon. Gary Fickes, Tarrant County Commissioner

Welcome and Greetings
Hon. Jim Ross, Mayor of Arlington
Hon. Rick Bailey, Johnson County Commissioner; President, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Hon. Joe Gonzalez, Nueces County Commissioner; President, South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Hon. Byron Ryder, Leon County Judge; President, North and East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association
Hon. Susan M. Redford, Executive Director, Texas Association of Counties
Dr. Peter McGuill, Director, V.G. Young Institute of County Government, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service
Mrs. Julie Anderson, Editor, County Progress magazine

8:30-9:20 a.m. Keynote Session
Keynote speaker: Mr. Andrew Card, White House Chief of Staff (2001-2006)
9:20-10:20 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
Sponsored by: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Professional Associations
10:20-11:10 a.m. 4.011 Budgeting
Speakers: Hon. Tim Addison, Yoakum County Commissioner
Mr. Nathan Cradduck, Tom Green County Auditor
Hon. Dan Hicks, Scurry County Judge
11:10 a.m.-noon 3.015 Effective Meetings
Speaker: Hon. Alan Bristol, County Relations Officer, TAC
11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Spouse Event
Noon Far West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association Business Meeting
Expo 2 at AEC
Noon Lunch With Exhibitors
Noon Past Presidents' Luncheon (by invitation only)
Sponsored by: Allison, Bass & Magee, LLP
JUDICIAL TRAINING FOR COUNTY JUDGES
Champions II & II at Sheraton Hotel │1-5:30 p.m.
1-2 p.m. Mental Health & Competency Issues: Eliminating the Delay in Services
Speaker: Ms. Alyse Ferguson, Chief Attorney, Collin County Mental Health Managed Counsel Program
2-3 p.m. County Judge's Role in the Bail Setting Process
Speaker: Mr. Joe Stephens, Chief Public Defender, Concho Valley Public Defender Office
3-3:30 p.m. Refreshment Break
3:30-4:30 p.m. Legislative Update: Senate Bill 6
4:30-5:30 p.m. Magistrate Duties and Bail Bonds
Speaker: Mr. Randy Sarosdy, General Counsel, Texas Justice Court Training Center
5:30 p.m. Adjourn
COMMISSIONERS COURT TRAINING
Expo 2 at ACC │ 1-5:15 p.m.
1-1:50 p.m. 3.011 Councils of Government
Speakers: Mr. Mike Eastland, Executive Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments
Ms. Ginny Lewis Ford, Executive Director, Texas Association of Regional Councils
1:50-2:40 p.m. 3.017 Public Information Act
Speaker: Mr. Philip Arnold, Attorney, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP
2:40-3:35 p.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
3:35-4:25 p.m. Population Migration in Texas
Speaker: Dr. Lloyd Potter, State Demographer/IDSER, The University of Texas at San Antonio
4:25-5:15 p.m. Roadway Maintenance Scheduling and Prioritization
Speaker: Mr. Ray L. Belk, TxLTAP Consultant, Division for Enterprise Development
5:15 p.m. Adjourn
6:30 p.m. Dinner and Dance
Live music by Jake Hooker & the Outsiders
Sponsored by: Warren CAT
Thursday, April 21
7 a.m. Inspirational Breakfast
Speaker: Master Chief Britt Slabinski, Special Warfare Operator (SEAL) and Medal of Honor Recipient
7:30 a.m. Coffee in the Exhibit Hall
7:30-10:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open
7:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
CONCURRENT WORKSHOPS
8-10:40 a.m.
Choose one session from each time slot. Attendees will receive one continuing education hour for each complete session attended.
8-8:50 a.m. 3.008 Physical and Mental Health Issues
Speaker: Ms. Miquela G. Smith, Extension Program Special Specialist II, Health (Disaster Assessment and Recovery), District 2 Office, South Plains, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Services
  4.008 County Tax Rate
Speaker: Ms. Wendy Burgess, Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector
8:50-9:50 a.m. Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall
9:50-10:40 a.m. 4.012 Personnel: County Retirement
Speaker: Ms. Kristina Fox, Employer Services Representative, Texas County & District Retirement System
  4.002 Personnel Policies
Speaker: Ms. Rita Fyffe, Human Resources Consultant, TAC
10:45 a.m. Association Business Meeting
11:30 a.m. Installation Luncheon
PHASE II COMMISSIONERS COURT ADVANCED CURRICULUM SESSIONS
Expo 2 at ACC │ 1:30-3:30 p.m.
1:30-2:20 p.m. 2.001 County Judge
Speakers: Hon. James Mike DeLoach, Lamb County Judge
2:20-2:40 p.m. Refreshment Break
2:40-3:30 p.m. 2.002 County Commissioner
Speaker: Hon. Roger Morris, Oldham County Commissioner
3:30 p.m. Adjourn
LEISURE ACTIVITIES
1:30 p.m. Golf Tournament
Sponsored by: Yellowhouse Machinery Co.
  Pool Tournament
  Domino Tournament
Champions I at Sheraton Hotel
Sponsored by: LaSalle Corrections
  42 Tournament
Champions I at Sheraton Hotel
9-11 p.m. President's Farewell Jam Session
Friday, April 22
8 a.m. Coffee Break
8-11 a.m. Registration and Information Desk Open
CLOSING GENERAL SESSION
Expo 2 at ACC │ 8:30-11 a.m.
8:30-9:20 a.m. 4.018 Emergency Management
Speaker: Mr. Warren "Country" Weidler, Deputy Chief, Response and Preparedness, Texas Division of Emergency Management
9:20-10:10 a.m. 3.003 Lawmaking: Legislative Update
Speaker: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
10:10-11 a.m. 3.013 Working With the Legislature: Legislative Panel
Moderator: Mr. Jim Allison, General Counsel, County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Speakers: Invited Legislators
11 a.m. Adjourn
*Agenda is subject to change

Education Sponsor
Special thanks to the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, for serving as the education program co-sponsor for this conference.

Commissioners Hours
An application is approved for 14 continuing education hours for commissioners. Four additional hours will be offered on Tuesday, April 19, during the early bird session.

Judges Hours
The judicial education session on Wednesday afternoon is approved for four hours of continuing education for county judges.

Commissioners Court Advanced Curriculum
This program includes eleven hours of credit toward CCAC Certification.

Continuing Education Types Hours
Commissioners 14
Judges 4

Vendor Information
For information on vendor registration, please go to the County Progress website or contact Sarah Lazarowitz or Becky Frost.

Sponsors Information
For information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley by calling (817) 884-1041.

Conference cancellations and all refund requests must be received in writing (fax or email acceptable) by 5 p.m. on March 28 (less an administrative fee of $30). Substitutions accepted. No refunds will be made after March 28.

Please email cancellations to Jackie Boone at jackieb@county.org or fax to (512) 477-1324.

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