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May 20, 2014

Underwood named to leadership post

GALVESTON — Cherokee County Commissioner Byron Underwood was elected president of the North & East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, a 73-county sub-region of the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas (CJCAT).

County officials and guests honored Underwood as he took his oath of office at the North & East Texas Annual Conference conducted in Galveston May 12-15.

The CJCAT is a statewide organization comprised of County Judges and County Commissioners with more than 1,200 active members. Both the CJCAT and its regional associations promote the interests of county government through continuing education and active participation in governmental affairs, particularly the Texas Legislature.

As president of the North & East Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, Underwood will travel to Austin on behalf of the Association to testify before legislative committees on county-related issues. Underwood will also lead the Association’s annual conference planning committee.

“The people of North & East Texas and the members of the Association will be well served by the leadership provided by Commissioner Underwood,” said Jim Allison, general counsel to the CJCAT. “We look forward to a successful year for the organization.”

Underwood was appointed as first vice president of the North & East Association in early 2013, and he was then elected secretary/treasurer in July 2013.

He is a graduate of the Commissioners Court Leadership Academy, a two-year advanced leadership development program for Commissioners Court members, coordinated by the V.G. Young Institute of County Government, a part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service and The Texas A&M University System.

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