The National Park Service has named Brown County as a Certified Local Government, making the county eligible to receive technical assistance, training and matching grants tied
to developing and maintaining a local comprehensive preservation planning program.
According to an email from Brown County grants coordinator Bob Contreras:
The park service, reviewed a recommendation by Mark Wolfe, executor director of the Texas Historical Commission, and approved Brown County as the 18th Texas County to be named a Certified Local Government (CLG). Many municipalities have also earned the designation.
The CLG program was created in 1980 to encourage participation by local governments in historic preservation.
Ronnie Lappe, chairman of the Brown County Historical Commission, provided hundreds of items of data, maps and records which were necessary to achieve the CLG designation. To quality as a CLG, a county is required to have a historic preservation officer. Howard Payne University professor Dr. Robert Mangrum has been appointed to that post.
Another requirement for CLG certification is a committee with experience and/or education in historic preservation issues. A committee was appointed consisting of Becky Isbell, David Cole, Beverly Norris and Crystal Stanley.
Brown County’s CLG application was submitted in October 2019 and was approved June 30.