By State Representative Ken Paxton
This week, I would like to congratulate Collin County Clerk Stacey Kemp and her team on receiving the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Achievement Award for quality, efficient and responsive county government management and administration. This award specifically recognizes her Office’s Electronic Public Information Program.
Last legislative session, County Clerk Kemp presented an idea to me for a statewide law that allows County Clerks across Texas the option to post legal and public notices electronically. Understanding that her idea would provide an opportunity for counties to save both time and money, I offered to author House Bill 3601. House Bill 3601, which was passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Perry, provides counties the option of electronically posting legal and public notes, whether at kiosks or on county websites. Prior to the passage of this bill, all such notices were required to be in paper form and physically posted at county courthouses. County Clerk Kemp’s suggestion has not only led to counties saving paper and hours of staff time, but her suggestion also provides greater access to public notices.
This is the first time that the Collin County Clerk’s Office has won a national award. I appreciate County Clerk Stacey Kemp’s efforts for improving government efficiency and transparency and welcome additional suggestions from her for improving County operations in the State of Texas.
NACo has also awarded two Achievement Awards to Collin County’s Human Resources Department recognizing their Reduction of Workers’ Compensation Costs Through the Use of Existing In-house Resources Program and the Collin County Medical Insurance Discount Program for the programs’ effectiveness and innovation in county government.
The Reduction of Workers’ Compensation Costs program is Human Resources’ answer for providing cost-effective alternatives to traditional workers’ compensation treatment sources. This program has resulted in a 30% cost savings in work-related medical claims.
The Medical Insurance Discount program uses discounts and other incentives to promote preventative care and the early detection and treatment of major illness. Since the inception of this program, participant claims costs have significantly decreased.
I appreciate Collin County’s Human Resources Director Cynthia Jacobson and her team for creating and implementing innovative solutions that improve efficiency. These efforts benefit Collin County taxpayers. Our County leaders continue to demonstrate excellence and make me proud to represent Collin County in the State Legislature.