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    The Tarrant County Archives collects, preserves, and offers for research documents which are a record of the history of Tarrant County.

    The County Auditor is the Chief Financial Officer of the County. Additionally, by constitutional amendment in 1983, the office of County Treasurer was abolished and the duties transferred to the County Auditor.

    The Tarrant County Budget and Risk Management Department was created in 1989 and is responsible for the development and monitoring of the County budget. The department serves the Commissioners Court by providing recommendations to facilitate operational efficiency within the various County Departments. The programs of each County department are reviewed annually. Funding requests are considered and the Budget Department presents recommendations to the Tarrant County Commissioners Court for approval and adoption.

    The Risk Management responsibilities include the oversight of the County's self-insurance programs.

    The Central Magistrate Office processes all arrests made within Tarrant County that are a class B or higher.

    The mission of the Child Support Office is to enhance the quality of life for children in Tarrant County by monitoring, collecting and disbursing child support obligations. We care about you and your child, and are actively engaged in the continuous improvement of our processes in order to provide you with excellent customer service.

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

    The Community Development Division of the County Administrator's office, administers several development and housing programs, including those funded under the following federal grants: Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnership, Emergency Shelter and Supportive Housing grants.

    The Community Supervision and Corrections Department (CSCD) supervises offenders who are sentenced to community supervision by local courts as well as those that live in Tarrant County that receive community supervision in another county/state.

    Constables are constitutionally authorized peace officers elected by precinct. There are eight Constables in Tarrant County. While they may perform patrol functions and make criminal investigations, the main duty of most constables is to serve as executive officer of the Justice of the Peace Courts. In that capacity, Constables serve subpoenas and other papers.

    Since 1850, the County Clerk has been the "KEEPER OF THE RECORDS" for the County of Tarrant, responsible for keeping accurate records of all real property, the proceedings of Commissioners Court, 10 County Criminal Courts, three County Courts-at-Law and two Probate Courts, the Registrar of Birth and Death records for 28 cities and precincts, issues and maintains all Marriage Licenses and Assumed Names Certificates.

    The Tarrant County Court system is comprised of Civil Courts, Criminal Courts, Family Courts, Magistrate's Court, Probate Courts and the Justices of the Peace.

    The Tarrant County Courts are housed in the Tarrant County Courthouse, the Tim Curry Justice Center, Vandergriff Building, the Family Courts Building, Temporary Southwest Subcourthouse, Dionne Phillips Bagsby Southwest Subcourthouse, Charles F. Griffin Building, Subcourthouse in Arlington, Subcourthouse in Mansfield, Northeast Courthouse, Southlake Town Hall and Northwest Subcourthouse.

    The Tarrant County Criminal Courts Administration provides managerial support in the implementation of directives, orders and programs handed down by County Criminal Court and Criminal District Court judges.   The department provides supervision of judicial support departments, including: the Office of Attorney Appointments, Grand Jury Bailiffs, First Offender Drug Program, the Mental Health Diversion Court, Veterans Court and the felony level Auxiliary Court Coordinators.  The goal of Criminal Court Administration is to allow the criminal judges to focus their attention on docket management, court efficiency, and justice.

    The Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office is devoted to taking criminals off the street and making the community a safer place to live and work. Each year, more than 45,000 cases are filed in Tarrant County, ranging from capital murder to misdemeanor theft. Some of the best and brightest attorneys in the state handle the prosecution of these cases, which are assigned to 10 felony or 10 misdemeanor courts.

    While handling criminal cases is the most public function of the Criminal District Attorney’s Office, the Civil Division also plays a vital role. The attorneys in the Civil Division act as general counsel for all of Tarrant County’s elected officials and appointed administrators, providing legal advice on a wide variety of topics.

    The District Clerk is elected for a four year term and manages most of the business operations for the 27 District Courts in Tarrant County that hear Civil, Family and Felony Criminal cases. The office functions with 148 employees who maintain and manage the records and money for court fees and fines collected, over $20 million in approximately four thousand custodial accounts which are invested for the benefit of many minor children on orders from the courts, bail bond forfeitures and all tax lawsuits. The office also produces a substantial number of court documents including civil citations, criminal warrants, criminal judgments and sentences, and performs other ministerial duties. Currently, the office receives over 60,000 new case files every year.

    The Domestic Relations Office is comprised of four offices: Child Support Services, Enforcement Office, Family Court Service and Community Supervision Unit.

    One of the most important functions of county government is to oversee the electoral process. The Elections Department has the responsibility of conducting all federal, state and county elections. Texas law permits anyone registered to vote early for any reason. The Elections Office establishes and staffs early voting locations throughout Tarrant County.

    The Tarrant County Facilities Management Department's mission is to successfully integrate people and places. In delivering the mission, Facilities Management's number one goal is to provide for safe, healthy and comfortable building environments for County employees and the many thousands of visitors in Tarrant County buildings daily. There are three divisions that comprise the department of 110 employees; Building Services, which operates and supports over 4.6 million square feet of building space in 64 buildings; Construction Services, which provides space planning, design, new construction of buildings and renovation of existing buildings; and Support Services, which includes the mail room, special event operations, graphics/printing/photo operations and the recycle center.

    Family Court Services works with the Tarrant County family law judges to promote the safety and welfare of children by minimizing the damage to families involved in the Tarrant County family law courts. This is accomplished through our Orientation-Parenting Education class, Access Coordination/Mediation, Focused Court Services, Social Studies, and Supervised Visitation and Exchange program.

    The Tarrant County Fire Marshal's office operates under the Texas Local Government Code Chapter 352, Subchapter B "County Fire Marshal". We are committed to enforcing the law and to the prevention and investigation of fire and explosive incidents in the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County. We work with our state, county, federal, and local fire and law enforcement agencies. Our goal is to protect and serve the residents of Tarrant County.

    The Tarrant County Historical Commission was created by the Legislature of the State of Texas and is governed by the Local Government Code, Chapter 318. All Commission members are volunteers appointed by the Commissioners’ Court of Tarrant County.

    The Tarrant County Housing Assistance Office (TCHAO) was established in 1975 to administer the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program (commonly referred to as Section 8). The program is funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). TCHAO administers vouchers only, without any public housing units.

    Whether you are looking for employment, are a current employee needing information about benefits, or someone thinking about volunteer opportunities with Tarrant County, we appreciate your visit. Tarrant County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    Tarrant County Human Services is funded by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court to meet the state statute provisions in Texas allowing Commissioners Courts to "provide for the general relief of indigents and the burial of paupers." Tarrant County Human Services seeks to provide Tarrant County residents with temporary financial assistance that moves households toward self-sufficiency and the ability to avoid future economic crisis. The department provides services to individuals who need financial assistance as they struggle to find work or receive on-going federal or state benefits (such as Social Security Disability payments). While this assistance is not for everyone, services are designed to help create economic options through the crafting of a joint Case Management Plan intended to move the household toward longer-term financial stability.

    The Tarrant County Information Technology Department arranges for the acquisition, installation, maintenance, programming, and operation of data processing and data communications systems and equipment. Information Technology is one of the largest departments in Tarrant County.

    Americans have long enjoyed the privileges of citizenship and the protection of liberties. Jury service plays a vital role in sustaining the American system of justice. You are an important part of the Tarrant County Judicial System.

    Justices of the Peace (JPs) serve as the small claims courts for Texas. JPs are elected from precincts for four-year terms.  Justices of the Peace also act as notaries public, hold inquests and perform marriages.

    The mission of Tarrant County Juvenile Services is to operate a justice organization that supports victim rights and community safety while fostering productive, responsible behavior for youth and families. Services performed include screening and diversion of cases to community resources, presenting objective reports to the court for use at disposition, executing court-ordered treatment and supervision, administering community corrections programs, securing alternative placement and administering collection of court-ordered probation fees and restitution. Services to victims of juvenile crime are also provided.

    The Tarrant County Law Library (Dell Dehay) serves the legal research needs of the Tarrant County legal community and the general public.

    The primary purpose of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner is to assist the public and law enforcement agencies to determine the cause of death due to unnatural causes, medically unattended, or death due to violence,using state of the art laboratory and forensic science facilities.

    The Tarrant County Office of Emergency Management (TCOEM) aims to help communities and jurisdictions with preparing for, mitigating against, responding to and recovering from natural and man-made disasters in Tarrant County. The TCOEM staff maintains regular contact with local municipalities, private agencies and the unincorporated areas of Tarrant County to coordinate planning efforts related to emergency management, coordination, collaboration and communication with stakeholders. Additionally, the TCOEM seeks out grant funds for Homeland Security and emergency planning programs and equipment for local government, police, fire, EMS, emergency management and all other agencies and organizations who are responsible for safety and support of the community.

    Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) is responsible for safeguarding the health of our community's 1.8 million residents. Headquartered in Fort Worth, TCPH provides a variety of services that promote good health, prevent disease and injury, protect our communities, as well as reduce the physical and fiscal impact of health threats.

    The Purchasing Department is a member of the administrative services team of Tarrant County. The county Purchasing Agent is charged with the responsibility of assuring fair and equitable treatment to all vendors without regard to political pressure or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, handicap or sex.

    The Resource Connection co-locates a wide variety of serives in a campus environment and provides the infrastructure that facilitates customers’ access to services.  The Resource Connection, through partner agencies, will provide employment, education, health & human services in a one-stop environment that efficiently utilize resources that promote self-sufficiency, self-reliance and wellness.  Tarrant County is the lead agency in this collaborative project and provides the administrative and management services for the agencies on the campus.

    The Tarrant County Sheriff's Office is a full-service law enforcement agency. The Office of Tarrant County Sheriff has provided the fundamental policing needs of its citizens since 1850. Today, Tarrant County is the home of over 1.8 million people who live, work, raise families and play within the almost 1,000 square miles of Tarrant County.

    The Tarrant County Tax Office assesses and collects $2.2 billion dollars in property taxes, processes 1.4 million motor vehicle transactions, issues 4,000 liquor, beer and wine licenses and answers 2,000 phone calls a day.  We are committed to providing the best in customer service through the use of best business practices and the latest technology.

    The Extension Service is an educational organization operated in cooperation with the Texas A&M University System. County agents provide expert advice, assistance and training for a wide range of subjects under the four areas of family and consumer sciences, urban development, agriculture and natural resources, and 4-H and youth. Some of the subjects are horticulture, nutrition, health and wellness; agriculture awareness; pesticide management; parenting; money management; tourism; sustainable agriculture; youth development; waste management; preservation of nature; and water quality.

    Transportation is one of the original historic functions of county government. Counties literally built the roads that settled Texas. Today, over 15 percent of the County's budget goes to road building and maintenance. The Transportation Department is responsible for the construction and maintenance of over 435 miles of county roadways and the acquisition of right-of-way for state highways. Each year, county crews build, rebuild and repair miles of roadway for area municipalities and school districts.

    The Tarrant County Veteran Services Office is an advocate agency established to assist veterans and/or their survivors obtain entitled benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the state of Texas. The office cooperates with local government and private agencies to assist their clients in obtaining needed specialized services.


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