1st Term Accomplishments

  • In my first term, I averaged expending only 93% of my Commissioners Court approved budget, saving taxpayers over 2.4 millions dollars. I accomplish this through partnership with my senior executive team, making tough decisions with the taxpayer in mind, and leveraging technology to enhance services while controlling or reducing costs.
  • County Clerk Office hours were immediately expanded to taxpayer’s expectation of 8:00 –5:00.
  • The Official Public Records Division introduced instant return of original records to customers at the counter, eliminating the thousands of dollars annually in postage costs.
  • Each year received Department of State Health Services Five Star Exemplary Service Award in our Vital Records Division.
  • Strategically eliminated a number of positions, including management, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars annually- all the while enhancing or expanding services.
  • Established a secondary site to file land records at Precinct 4 Northwest Sub Courthouse in the case of a disaster downtown..
  • Criminal Division implemented electronic notifications of court settings to bondsmen and attorneys. Saving time and postage costs
  • Criminal Division implemented “real time’ court judgements in the courtroom, an innovation among other counties who typically take days to process.
  • Enhanced the effectiveness of our Property Fraud Alert program by partnering with TAD to provide information in their annual appraisal statements mailings. Visit www.propertyfruadalert.com to learn more about this free service.
  • Completed under budget, Phase One to convert over five million film and microfiche files to digital images for simply public access.
  • Our Intranet “THE CYBRARY”  was the recipient of the Texas Association of Counties Best Practice Award. It’s an internal website that improves communication and effectiveness, and provides the framework for duplication by other county departments.
  • Leveraged web technology to make vital records (birth and death) available online utilizing cutting edge security to protect confidentiality and access.
  • Established mandatory cross-training within divisions, encouraged interdepartmental employee shadowing visits and emphasized training opportunities so team members could expand their skill sets.
  • Expanded public Wi-Fi throughout the Old Courthouse for attorneys and courthouse visitors.
  • Leveraged our intranet to reduce our dependence on paper for internal communication to accelerate access to information, achieve departmental consistency in business process and reduce costs.
  • Assumed the role of Registrar of Vital Records for more cities within Tarrant County – eliminating individual cities from the financial burden and enhancing citizen access to their records.
  • Protected historic records dating back to the late 1800s through state of the art preservation techniques.
  • Established the first Tarrant County Clerk social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Successfully sponsored legislation to allow governmental entities to electronically file property records at a cost savings to their constituents.

2nd Term Accomplishments

  • Deployed secure access for attorneys to their cases by way of the web.
  • Implemented a review process to reduce the possible filing of fraudulent land documents.
  • Opened passport offices in two sub-courthouses.
  • Partnering with other Texas Counties to develop a Criminal Court Case Management System for potential use across the state.
  • Elimination or reduction of paper-based case files  in Probate cases.
  • Eliminated the use of paper in Mental Health cases- reducing costs while improving efficiency.