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Collin County Judge Chris Hill has been named to the governing board of the Texas Indigent Defense Commission. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Hill Monday to serve on the state board through February 1, 2020.

The TIDC is a permanent standing committee of the Texas Judicial Council, the policymaking body for the state’s judiciary, which aims to simplify judicial procedures, expedite court business, and better administer justice.

The commission “provides financial and technical support to counties to develop and maintain quality, cost-effective indigent defense systems that meet the needs of local communities and the requirements of the Constitution and state law.” It operates under the direction and supervision of a governing board consisting of eight ex officio members and five members appointed by the governor.

“The Texas Indigent Defense Commission serves an important role across the state,” Hill told Texas Scorecard following his appointment. “I’m grateful to Governor Abbott for the opportunity to serve all Texans on the TIDC, and I’m confident that through this opportunity, I will be better equipped to serve in my primary role as county judge for the citizens of Collin County.”

Prior to his election as county judge in November 2018, Hill served as a Collin County commissioner for five years. In each campaign, Hill pledged to pursue limited government, low taxes, and excellence in every aspect of county government. He’s also worked as a corporate accountant and controller in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.

The first in his family to graduate college, Hill earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and master’s degrees in accounting, business administration, and pastoral leadership. He is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Chartered Global Management Accountant, and Certified Fraud Examiner.

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