The job of the county commissioner calls for hands-on service delivery as well as policy-making budget decisions.
Four commissioners, each elected from a quarter of the county's population, serve along with the county judge on the commissioners court. In addition to assuring that county roads are maintained, commissioners vote with the county judge to set the budget for all county departments and adopt a tax rate.
Among other responsibilities, the commissioners court:
* Sets the yearly property tax rate and approves the budget and employment level for the county;
* Sets commissioners and justice of the peace precinct boundaries;
* Calls, conducts and certifies elections, including bond elections;
* Sets employment and benefit policy;
* Establishes long-range thoroughfare, open space, land use, financial and law enforcement/jail needs plans;
* Acquires property for rights-of-way or other uses determined to be in the public's best interest;
* Reviews and approve subdivision platting and wastewater treatment for rural areas;
* Provides rural ambulance services and subsidizes rural fire protection;
* Oversees the construction, maintenance and improvement of county roads and bridges;
* Appoints non-elected department heads and standing committees;
* Supervises and controls the county courthouse, county buildings and facilities;
* Adopts a county budget;
* Determines county tax rates;
* Fills vacancies in elective and appointive positions; and
* Has exclusive authority to authorize contracts in the name of the county
Forney Sub Courthouse
200 E. Main
Forney, TX 75126
Commissioner Clark has an extensive background in the construction industry from low level worker to President and or Vice President of three corporations, completing millions of dollars worth of projects annually.
One of the many goals that Commissioner Clark set before taking office was to improve communications between his office and all other county, city, and school officials. This goal is currently being accomplished with the end result being a unified effort to help improve Kaufman County. Commissioner Clark’s office is available to one and all and we encourage all citizens to inform us of their wants and needs.
Commissioner Ray Clark is a lifetime Forney resident, he graduated in 1968 from FHS. After his high school graduation, Commissioner Clark attended Texas A&M Commerce and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology in 1974. Commissioner Clark is married to Susan Reeder Clark. The couple has been married for 39 years.
Currently the 4th generation of Commissioner Clark’s family is attending Forney Schools. Commissioner Clark has experienced the growth of Pct. 2 from a sleepy farm community to one of the fastest growing suburbs in the North Texas Area.