In 1966 the Texas Legislature passed legislation that was later codified asof the Local Government Code. This legislation formed the legal basis for the creation of political subdivisions of the State of Texas to be known as Regional Planning Commissions or Councils of Government. These voluntary associations of local governmental entities were established to act as a conduit for the economical and efficient delivery of a wide range of social service programs to low income residents of Texas and to allow local governmental entities to address common issues and concerns on a regional basis.
Texoma Regional Planning Commission (name changed to Texoma Council of Governments in 1992) was established January 23, 1968 and serves the member governments and citizens of Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson counties.
Membership is open to counties; incorporated cities, towns, and villages; independent school districts; consolidated school districts; community colleges districts; and any other political subdivision of the State which is geographically situated in the Texoma Region who petitions for and is granted membership.
The TCOG Governing Board consists of fifteen (15) representatives as follows:
- County Judge (or designee) of Cooke, Grayson, Fannin Counties
- Mayor (or designee) of City of Bonham, City of Denison, City of Gainesville, and City of Sherman
- Mayor (or designee) of general law city (1 from each county) to be rotated in alphabetical order
- Community representative, 1 from each county appointed by Commissioner’s Court
- School District, 1 representative from ISD’s with enrollment of more than 1000 students rotated in alphabetical order
- Community College Districts, 1 representative of a CCD rotated in alphabetical order
The Governing Board meets the third Thursday of every month and the meetings are open to the public.