Ask the editor: What is a commissioners court?

What is a commissioners court?
A commissioners court is the general governing body of the county. Despite its name, a commissioners court is not a judicial court.

The commissioners courts in Collin and Denton counties are made up of one county judge, who is elected countywide and presides over the court, and four commissioners, who each represent a precinct within the county.

The court is responsible for conducting the general business of the county, including adopting the county’s budget and tax rate, setting salaries and benefits for county employees, filling elective and appointive vacancies, authorizing county contracts and purchases, and making sure county buildings are provided and maintained.

Commissioners are also responsible for the building and maintaining of county roads and bridges within their respective precincts.

The commissioners who represent Frisco are Hugh Coleman for Denton County and Susan Fletcher for Collin County.