Boards & Commissions
Bexar County's boards and commissions, and the volunteers serving on them, play an important role in ensuring that the Commissions Court is able to pass policies that serve the needs of the public by presenting the Commissions Court with all available information and serving as a representative for the public. The members of Bexar County's boards and commissions exercise important civic responsibilities and promote good government while ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of services to the public.
There are three processes for appointments to Bexar County Boards and Commissions:
- An appointment process that requires a majority vote from Commissioners Court for approval. These are appointments to a statutorily created board or commission with the requirement that "Commissioners Court shall appoint," resulting in an agendized item for discussion, nomination and "Recorded Vote by the Court." Appointments under this category may, at the Court's discretion, require applicants to interview before a quorum of Commissioners Court. [Example: Regional Mobility Authority].
- An appointment process that allows individual Court members to select and appoint candidates. These are appointments to a statutorily created board or commission with requirement that "Commissioners Court shall appoint" either with the informal agreement of Commissioners Court or the legal requirement that each member of the Court make individual appointments resulting in a "Consent Agenda Record Vote" for approval by the Court. [Example: University Health Board of Managers].
- Appointments to a non-statutorily created board or commission which require only a "file for record" appointment. [Example: City/County Elderly Affairs Commission].
For appointment process type (A) above, the coordinator of boards and commissions shall solicit applicants county-wide, facilitate the interview process for Commissioners Court, and prepare the agenda coordination form and necessary backup for Commissioners Court action.
For appointment process types (B) and (C) above, the Court is not required to interview applicants for individual appointments; a Court member may solicit applicants to fill position(s) and prepare the Agenda Coordination Form and necessary backup for Commissioners Court action.
Administrative Policy & Legal Opinions
There are several Criminal District Attorney Opinions that pertain to boards and commissions.