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.
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;