Texas Government Code

Sec. § 76.004
Department Director; Fiscal Officer


After complying with the requirements of Subsection (h), the judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments) shall appoint a department director who must meet, at a minimum, the eligibility requirements for officers established under Section 76.005 (Standards for Officers).


The department director shall perform or delegate the responsibility for performing the following duties:


overseeing the daily operations of the department;


preparing annually or biennially a budget for the department;


negotiating and entering into contracts on behalf of the department;


establishing policies and procedures for all functions of the department;


developing personnel policies and procedures, including disciplinary proceedings; and


establishing procedures and practices through which the department will address an employment-related grievance.


The department director shall employ a sufficient number of officers and other employees to conduct presentence investigations, supervise and rehabilitate defendants placed on community supervision, enforce the conditions of community supervision, and staff community corrections facilities. A person employed under this subsection is an employee of the department and not of the judges or judicial districts.


The judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments) may appoint for the department a fiscal officer, other than the county auditor. The fiscal officer is responsible for:


managing and protecting funds, fees, state aid, and receipts to the same extent that a county auditor manages county funds and funds of other local entities;


ensuring that financial transactions of the department are lawful and allowable; and


prescribing accounting procedures for the department.


The judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments) may appoint a person as fiscal officer only after investigating the person and determining that the person is:


a person of unquestionably good moral character and intelligence; and


a financial officer with at least two years’ experience in auditing and accounting.


A fiscal officer appointed under this section, before beginning employment and not later than the 20th day after the date of appointment, shall:


take an oath stating that the person meets the qualifications required by this section and will not have a personal interest in any contract entered into by the department; and


execute a good and sufficient surety bond that:


is in the amount of $5,000 or more;


is approved by and payable to the judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments); and


is conditioned on the faithful performance by the fiscal officer of the officer’s duties.


The judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments) shall set the annual compensation of a fiscal officer appointed under this section, and the department shall pay all costs related to the functions of the fiscal officer.


Subsections (c)-(f) do not diminish the rights of the following officers or entities to examine and audit accounts, records, receipts, and expenditures of a department:


the county auditor of a county served by the department;


the comptroller;


the state auditor; and


the division.


When there is a vacancy in the position of department director, the judges described by Section 76.002 (Establishment of Departments) shall:


publicly advertise the position;


post a job description, the qualifications for the position, and the application requirements;


conduct a competitive hiring process and adhere to state and federal equal employment opportunity laws; and


review applicants who meet the posted qualifications and comply with the application requirements.
Added by Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 76, Sec. 7.11, eff. Sept. 1, 1995. Amended by Acts 2001, 77th Leg., ch. 207, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 2001.
Amended by:
Acts 2005, 79th Leg., Ch. 255 (H.B. 1326), Sec. 3, eff. May 30, 2005.
Acts 2007, 80th Leg., R.S., Ch. 1308 (S.B. 909), Sec. 11, eff. June 15, 2007.

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