Responsibilities of Public Purchasing
The statutory responsibility of the Purchasing Agent is to purchase all supplies, materials and equipment; to contract for all repairs required or used by the County and to supervise all purchases made on competitive bid. The Purchasing Agent is also responsible for County property and inventory and must annually file with the County Auditor and each member of the Purchasing Board, an inventory of all property on hand and belonging to the County and each subdivision, officer or employee.
Goals of Public Purchasing
Statement of Purpose
The Walker County Public Safety Communications Center provides E911 services to all of Walker County and is the central communications / Primary Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) for the City of Huntsville and County of Walker. The Walker County Public Safety Communications Center is an entity governed by a governing board that consists of two city representatives, two county commissioners and one at large position. The departments' personnel are considered county employees; however, the budget for the department is contributed half by the city of Huntsville and half by Walker County.
In large metropolitan counties the constable may also assist the county and district courts. In addition, they may perform patrol functions and make criminal investigations. They are involved in the overall effort to reduce the effects of crime in their communities, including in some cases the operation of truancy programs.
District Judges appoint county auditors for a two year term and set the auditor's office budget and staffing level. In Walker County, the District Judges of the 12th and 278th State Judicial Districts appoint the County Auditor and set the budget. Duties and responsibilities of the County Auditor are set out in state statute. The County Auditor has general oversight of the books and records and is charged with strictly enforcing laws governing county finances. The County Auditor, by law, has continuous access to all books and financial records and conducts detailed reviews of all County financial operations.
Statute outlines responsibilities for financial record-keeping, ensuring budget compliance, financial reporting and audit. The audit responsibilities of the County Auditor can generally be summarized as follows: to examine and approve all claims against the County, to audit books, accounts, reports, vouchers and records of all offices, to audit all reports about collections made to Commissioners Court, to audit the books and reports of each office quarterly, to audit the Treasurers monthly report to Commissioners Court and audit cancelled warrants (checks), to quarterly perform unannounced audit of the Treasurers balances, funds and investments, to audit receipt books or computer records in criminal cases monthly, and to audit on an unannounced basis all officials annually.
As of the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2010, functions in the Auditor's office are segmented in the following general functional areas: Financial Accounting and Reporting; Budget Preparation Assistance and Budget Monitoring; Processing of Accounts Payable; Claims Auditing; Grant Management, Reporting and Auditing; Continuous Audit Function including Cash Receipts, Requisitions Review and Bid Auditing; Payroll Auditing, General Ledger Transactions Auditing; the Desk Audit Function; and the Field Audit Function.
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The Walker County Clerk's Office mission is to provide Quality Services to the Citizens, Business Owners and Legal Community with Efficient
and Courteous Service. While preserving the integrity of all records, along with managing with Fiscal Responsibility and Governmental Accountability to safeguarding the collection of all
fees as designated by the State of Texas Statutes.
CIVIL and PROBATE FEES
Effective October 1, 2016 there will be a Credit Card Handling Fee Vitals, Recordings, Deeds, Civil and Probate is 2.5%
Criminal is $3.00
Changes due to 84th Legislation
State Electronic Filing Fee - $20 to $30
County Electronic Filing Fee (Per County Clerk) - $2 to $0
Jury Fee - $22 - $40
County Clerk's Mailing Address is:
1100 University Ave, Suite 201
Huntsville, Texas 77340
8:00 A.M. to Noon.
Closed for Lunch
1:00 P.M. to 4:30 P.M.
E-file went live on October 10, 2014. / Mandatory date of July 2015.
We have a Public Computer in the County Clerk office for over the counter filings. You must have an E-file account.
to 11:00 A.M. and from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Birth & Death - Vitals: 936-436-4902
Brands, DBA, Marriage License: 936-436-4902
Civil County Court-at-Law: 936-436-4901
Probate County Court-at-Law: 936-436-4974
Criminal Misdemeanor: 936-436-4697
Deeds & Records Management: 936-436-4698
Walker County Courthouse: (936) 436-4900
Walker County Court at Law: (936) 436-4919
Click on the name to send an email to one of the staff members listed below. Email is the best way to contact staff, as we are often in the courtroom.
|Criminal Coordinator||Samantha Echtler||(936) 436-4695|
|Civil Coordinator||Casey Robertson||(936) 436-4921|
|Bailiff||Kenneth King||(936) 436-4788|
|Court Reporter||Marsha Burrus||(936) 436-4694|
To efficiently, impartially and fairly manage and resolve the variety of controversies and disputes that are filed with and fall under the jurisdiction of this court. The jurisdiction of this court is determined by the constitution and statute. It is subject to change by the legislature, but generally speaking, the jurisdiction includes misdemeanor criminal cases, family law cases, class C appeals, civil matters, juvenile matters, mental health cases and probate matters for Walker County.
The Walker County Court at Law was created in 1977 as a Statutory County Court by the legislature under the Texas Constitution. The Honorable Joe B. Henderson, Jr. was appointed as the first judge on September 1, 1977 (in office 1977-1980). The Honorable Jerry A. Sandel was appointed on July 1, 1980 (in office 1980-1981). The Honorable Ann P. Baker was appointed on August 3, 1981 (in office 1981-1994). The Honorable Barbara Hale was elected and began her term on January 1, 1995 (in office 1995-2014). The Honorable Tracy Sorensen was elected and began her term on January 1, 2015 (in office 2015-).
Get information about a specific individual case by clicking here. You will need to know the cause number or the exact name of the parties.
If you have received a summons for jury, please call the scheduling number, (936) 291-9958, to receive a scheduling message as to whether you need to appear for jury duty.
If you you want to claim an exemption, or are disqualified, please do the following:
Circle the reason that applies to your situation, sign and date your card and return it to Kari French, whose address can be found on the front of the card. You may also hand-deliver the card to room 105, 1st floor of the courthouse. If sending by mail, please remember to put the card in an envelope and apply postage as usual.
If you qualify for Permanent Exemption from jury duty, you can request to be removed from the list by completing the Permanent Excuse form.
For information regarding occupational licenses, click here.
The court requires the petition and order in the above hyperlink to be filed in order to obtain an Occupational License. If your Petition requires notice to the District Attorney and you wish to proceed without a hearing you will need to get prior approval from the District Attorney's office and they would need to sign approving the proposed order below the Court's signature line on page 5. Please note that all documents required on the bottom of page 5 of the petition MUST be filed prior to the court considering the petition.
|Judge Danny Pierce
The Texas Constitution vests broad judicial and administrative powers in the position of County Judge, who presides over a five-member commissioners court, which has budgetary and administrative authority over county government operations.
The County Judge handles such widely varying matters as hearings for beer and wine license applications, hearing on admittance to state hospitals for the mentally ill and mentally retarded, juvenile work permits and temporary guardianships for special purposes. The Judge is also responsible for calling elections, posting election notices and for receiving and canvassing the election returns. The County Judge may perform marriages.
A County Judge in Texas may have judicial responsibility for certain criminal, civil and probate matters - responsibility for these functions vary from county to county. In those counties in which the Judge has judicial responsibilities, the Judge has appellate jurisdiction over matters arising from the justice courts. The County Judge is also head of civil defense and disaster relief, county welfare and in counties under 225,000 population, the Judge prepares the county budget along with the County Auditor or County Clerk.
Our office hours changed starting August 10, 2016.
Our office hours are Monday thru Friday 8:00 am-4:00 pm
According to statutory requirements, the District Clerk's office gathers data and reports to many State and local agencies. This extensive reporting assists the County, the State and the Texas Legislature to determine the proper operation of the courts, the effectiveness of the statutes and the need for changes.
The District Clerk's office is responsible for managing the records so they are easily retrieved for court use and public information. As custodian of permanent records, the Clerk must assure that they are preserved and archived. Modern methods and the use of technology to facilitate an ever-expanding office have been emphasized in the District Clerk's office in the past number years.
As a financial officer, the District Clerk's office collects court costs and fines set by statutes which are deposited in the general fund of the County. Other fees are collected and allocated to the State for the benefit of State agencies.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline
Support, resources and advice for your safety
This website will give you information about making your way through the court system, but it is important to remember that the information provided is basic, general information only and may not cover everything that is involved in your case. The information on this website is not legal advice, and does not take the place of talking to a lawyer.
The law and court proceedings are complicated, and lawyers have legal training. A lawyer can help you understand your rights and options and help get the best result possible in your case. If you go to court without a lawyer, there may be serious consequences and you may be hurt in ways you have not considered before.
If your case is a criminal case, it is especially important to have a lawyer to protect your rights. If you need help finding a lawyer and your case is a criminal case, information about lawyers for criminal cases is available under the Criminal Case topic.
If you need help finding a lawyer for a civil case, information about lawyers is available under the How to Find a Lawyer topic on the civil case page, with links to different groups and services that can refer you to a lawyer.
Diana L. McRae, County Election Officer
The mission of the Walker County Elections Department is to conduct fair elections, execute procedures, and provide for accurate and timely election results. We firmly believe it is our duty to treat each voter with respect and dignity. We believe in creating a safe place for voters so they can exercise their right to vote in a polling place with a non-intimidating, supportive environment. We believe in making all polling places fully accessible including the pathway to the polling place. Most importantly, we believe that all voters have the right to cast their ballot independently and in secret. We want to increase public confidence in the electoral process with the highest level of professional election standards, integrity, security, accuracy, and fairness. To that end, we pledge our continuing efforts.
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