"The County Judge is the presiding officer of the County Court and has judicial functions as provided by law. The County Judge is elected to govern, presiding over the Court of Commissioners. The Court of Commissioners is obligated to provide a responsive and responsible government for the county.
The duties of the County Judge include the adoption and administration of a budget and the assessment and collection of property taxes from the citizenry to pay for the services funded in the budget. Such county services include the provision of county courts, law enforcement, jails, hospitals, health services, the maintenance of county roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure. In the process of providing such services to the county the County Judge and the County Commissioners court conduct the business of the county by providing an effective governing administration, contracting for services and overseeing the activities of the county as the elected stewards.