Without county clerks, many of government's underlying responsibilities would go undone. The main duties of the county clerk are:
In Texas counties with a population of less than 8,000, unless there has been a special election, the county clerk also serves as the district clerk, assuming all constitutional and statutory duties of the district clerk, along with those of county clerk.
- Administering all county and state elections, including early voting and primaries, unless the commissioners court has transferred the function to the tax assessor-collector or an office of county election administrator;
- Serving as clerk of the county court and the commissioners court and keep records of the proceedings;
- Acting as recorder of deeds and other instruments;
- Filing and recording birth and death certificates;
- Recording assumed names, wills and probate;
- Issuing marriage licenses; and
- Accounting for all funds paid to the office by way of fines and fees, and the amount owed to county court jurors for service.
Kaufman County Courthouse
100 W. Mulberry
Kaufman, TX 75142
972-932-4331 x 1104
After spending 17 years with Texas Instrument, Laura Hughes felt the desire to give back to the community that her family had called home since 1991. While working on her master’s degree, Laura was hired to help the Commissioners Court with the County Subdivision Regulations and, at that point, became intrigued by County Government.
With the untimely passing of Crissy Gann in 2000, Laura was asked to run for the position of County Clerk. She was elected in November, took office immediately and continues to serve her community as County Clerk.
Because this office touches every citizen’s life and plays a key role in the day to day operation of several courts, it is imperative that the office is well-run and efficient. Laura’s goals for bringing this office into the 21st century have transformed the office into one of the most progressive and award winning offices in Kaufman County.
Today the office is neat, organized and automated. The records have been digitized, are protected from disaster and immediately available in house and on the internet. The staff is friendly and well trained and has received the Texas Vital Statistics 5-Star award several times.
Laura and her husband David, live in Forney with their two sons, Wes and Jesse. Laura has a Master’s Degree from the University of Texas in City and Regional Planning and a Bachelor degree in H. R. and Business. She has been a member of the County and District Clerk’s Association of Texas for ten years and has served on various committees and has been a speaker at many of the Association conferences. As required by law and to stay updated on new laws and procedures that affect her office, Laura regularly attends schools of instruction held by Texas A & M, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Department of Health Services.