Dallas County, Texas

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Transparency Grade
Budget Y
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Meetings P
Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
Permits, zoning P
Audits Y
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Contracts Y
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Lobbying N
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Public records Y
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Local taxes Y
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Dallas County, Texas is one of 254 counties in Texas.

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Texas county websites

The good

  • The names and contact information for all county commissioners is available.[1]
  • The names and partial contact information for appointed officials is available.[2]
  • Information on public records is provided.[3]
  • Commissioner meeting agendas are published.[4]
  • The current budget is published.[5]
  • Information on contracts is provided.[6]
  • Audit reports are published.[7]
  • Information on taxes is available.[8]
  • Zoning is done by individual cities, not the county.[9] Development permits are available.[10]

The bad

  • County commission and appointed officials email addresses are not listed.
  • County commission meeting minutes are not published.
  • There is no information on building permits and lobbying.

Board of Commissioners

Member Precinct
Clay Jenkins County Judge
Maurine Dickey District 1
Mike Cantrell District 2
John Wiley Price District 3
Dr. Elba Garcia District 4

County Commissioner

Commissioner John Wiley Price is caught on camera telling citizens to “go to hell” and espouses other derogatory language at a board meeting.[11]

Public Records

"Unlike many other local governments, Dallas County stores all of its e-mail on computer tapes at an off-site warehouse" which is both expensive and impractical. Rather than updating the storage systems, county officials are proposing that any e-mails older than 90 days be deleted from the system. Open-records advocates oppose the idea of automatic deletion, saying that e-mails should be being kept longer, not being deleted more quickly.

There is also concern about putting the decision of whether or not an e-mail ought to be kept/deleted in the hands of the average employee. Commissioner Mike Cantrell says "You're putting employees at risk of violating the law."

Middle ground of storing emails for three or five years has been suggested. The draft of the proposed policy has been sent out for review by department heads, and will be updated per feedback.[12]

Holiday party

Dallas County Constable Jaime Cortes held a political fundraiser at Hooters.[13]

Public employee salaries

Main article: Dallas County employee salaries

External links


  1. Commissioners
  2. Departments
  3. Records
  4. Agendas
  5. Budget
  6. Purchasing
  7. Audits
  8. Taxes
  9. Zoning
  10. Development Permits
  11. Texas Watchdog, Today's featured video: Dallas County commissioner tells citizens to 'go to hell' at meeting, Feb. 17, 2011
  12. Dallas County's proposed e-mail deletion policy draws concerns (dead link), Dallas Morning News, November 29, 2008
  13. Dallas News, A Dallas County constable Christmas -- at Hooters, Nov. 24, 2008