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Collin County Clerk

4-year term. Must be 18 years or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of Texas, and a resident of the district represented. The County Clerk records the proceedings for the county courts and maintains a wide variety of legal and vital records that include marriage licenses, birth and death certificates, land records, power of attorney filings, bonds, plats, marks and cattle brands, assumed names, and beer and wine sales permit applications.
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    David Chevalier (Dem) Security Installation Technician

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Challenges: What are the challenges in protecting the accuracy, integrity, and accessibility of records of the county, and how would you address them?

Vision: If elected, what would you most like to accomplish during the next term?

Other Issues: What other issues do you believe will be most pressing for the Collin County Clerk, and what is your position on these issues?

Proper records management has many challenges to making those records accessible, while honoring retention schedules, and ensuring the security of said records against malicious intrusion. The biggest threat to data integrity is data manipulation, through either user error or malicious intent. Security is paramount and should be a continual, evolving process. One important way to address this is through strong, enforceable, policy. The policy in place must include methods for monitoring system events, such as login and logout, document creation and destruction, password changes. The software that is being used to monitor must include audits for logs of user actions by access type, they must specify the time, user and changes associated with all modifications. The policy must also include security update and patching to keep up with the daily threats to systems. The biggest breaches are typically a result of old security flaws that were known but not patched quickly.
I would like to bring the Collin County Clerk's office a comprehensive training program for all of the clerks to ensure consistent handling of public issues. In addition, I would like to change the Pay for Performance (PFP) process to allow for a more egalitarian and meritocracy approach. Too many reviews by Collin County's actual employees report that the politicians play political games with their PFP process. I believe that this directly impacts performance and will have the largest positive impact to the public. Happy, well trained employees are more productive and more efficient, costing the tax payer less in the long run.
The Collin County Clerk must at the end of each day, make sure that they have followed the law to the letter. They must not over charge the public for services. They must not allow personal biases to impact their daily responsibilities. Each day the public must be met with knowledge and grace. I want to remove partisanship from the position and make it 100% about getting the job done, efficiently and correctly.