Smith County Commissioners approve committee creation for discussion of bid packets

SMITH COUNTY (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Smith County commissioners approved Tuesday creation of a working committee to discuss bid packets for a new justice system software package.

Members of the committee will include representatives from all affected offices, including the District Attorney, Justice of the Peace courts, County Clerk, Adult Probation and courts, as the county determines what services are necessary and better suited for all parties.

County Judge Joel Baker said the new software package, which coordinates all justice system processing, including book-ins, trial dates and warrants, is expected to cost between $2 million and $4 million.

Baker said the county has used its software since the late 1990s and is sorely in need of an update to meet state and federal justice system standards.

"Representatives from each of the groups will go over the basic bid packets to ensure we address every concern from every group," he said. "Then we will have workshop sessions to make sure the public and any other group might have input."

Baker said the working committee likely will take 60 to 90 days to determine which software provider, among about half-a-dozen qualified companies, is the best fit for Smith County.


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