Q: When and where are Commissioners' Court meetings held, and how do I get on the Court's agenda?
A: Commissioners' Court meetings are the second and fourth Monday at 9am in the Auxiliary Courtroom, located at the Midland County Courthouse, 500 North Loraine Street, Midland Texas. Meetings are open to the public, and the Court's agenda is posted on this site
each Friday prior to the next session. If you'd like to get on the Commissioners' Court agenda, please contact Jenny Hilton, Court Administrator at 432-688-4310.
Q: How do I know which County Commissioners' Precinct do I live in?
A: If you're registered to vote, it's very simple: visit the Voter Registration Database page and follow the instructions.
Q: What does the County Judge do?
A: The County Judge is the chief administrative officer and the chief budget officer for the county, and presides over the County Commissioners' Court, which is the policy-making body of Midland County government.
The Commissioners' Court is technically a court, and has some of the same powers as a traditional court of law, but this court does not hear cases or hand down verdicts as a traditional court would. Criminal and civil cases in Midland County are instead handled by one of the four Justice of the Peace Courts, two County Courts at Law, or five State District Courts, depending on the seriousness of the charges.
Q: So just what is the Commissioners' Court? What does it do?
A: The Commissioners' Court is the policy-making body for a county, just as a city council is for a city or the Legislature is for the state. It consists of four Precinct Commissioners, elected by the residents of four distinct areas of the county, and a County Judge, elected by the voters of the county at large.
The Court's duties encompass a variety of tasks, from reviewing and approving a county budget to reviewing subdivision plans to planning for the county's infrastructure needs, along with directly supervising all the non-elected department heads in the county.
Commissioners' Courts are a unique form of government, because they combine at least portions of a county's executive, legislative and judicial functions into one body. This can make for a wide variety of issues the Court must address. To get an idea of some of the topics the Midland County Commissioners contend with, look at the Court's agenda.