County Government 101: What is a Commissioner and Commissioners Court?

Harris County Commissioners Court

The Texas Constitution establishes commissioners courts in every county. Each commissioners court is made up of a county judge and four commissioners and is the governing board of that county. Commissioners Court members create county-wide policies, adopt budgets, set property tax rates, authorize contracts, maintain county facilities, and more. Commissioners at the precinct level are constitutionally tasked with road and bridge maintenance, but many commissioners, like Commissioner Cagle, provide additional services. For more information, visit