New Caney and Conroe, December 4 – Corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport has instructed all of the members of the Davenport Ring, the politicians who follow Davenport’s directions on how to run their County offices and their political campaigns, to appear with embattled Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, when Metts incredibly announces that he’ll seek higher office rather than heeding the numerous calls for his resignation as a County official. Davenport’s wife, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, JP Wayne Mack, Sheriff Rand Henderson, Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden, and JP candidate Todd Dunn all received the instruction and plan to attend Metts’ announcement that he’ll run against Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark.
Metts has failed to heed calls for his resignation arising from:
- Metts runs one of the most inefficient JP courts in Texas and has caused Montgomery County to lose millions of dollars per year in uncollected fees and fines. Please see “JP Metts Has Gone Hunting, Courtroom Goes Dark,” The Golden Hammer, December 2, 2017.
- Metts works no more than about 18 hours per week, when he’s even working, because he runs a logging company full-time and runs a restaurant and flower shop with his County employee girlfriend. Metts receives over $185,000 per year in annual compensation from Montgomery County taxpayers but works far less than part-time hours. His girlfriend, who poses as his “Juvenile Court Coordinator,” also works part-time hours for her full-time County salary. Please see “Nepotism, Indolence, Paranoia Consume Metts’ JP4 Office,” The Golden Hammer, November 12, 2017.
- Montgomery County taxpayers paid $45,000 to settle a sexual harassment case against Metts on August 4, 2014, after Metts had sexually harassed County employee Delonna Snow over several years inside the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Office. Metts never apologized to the taxpayers and has never even discussed the issue publicly. Please see “Montgomery County Government Has A Sexual Harassment Problem,” The Golden Hammer, November 29, 2017.
- Metts forced the County to lose millions of dollars on the Graves Humphries/NetData court database and collection system and has now attempted to cover up those problems, so that the citizens would not see them. Please see “Mack, Metts, Doyal Cover Up Serious NetData Computer Database Problems Interfering With Justice Court Operations (The Davenports, Part 19),” The Golden Hammer, July 9, 2017.
- Metts has repeatedly lied to dozens of County employees that Marc Davenport is a “sworn deputy” in his court and is a county employee. Davenport has never been an employee of Montgomery County’s government. Please see “Metts, Mack Perpetuate Davenport’s Impersonation Of Public Employee,” The Golden Hammer, November 2, 2017.
- On April 10, 2013, Metts engaged in some of the most bizarre conduct in the history of Texas jurisprudence. As the sitting judge in his own court, Metts filed a lawsuit styled “County of Montgomery versus Marshall Shirley” under Docket Number 2013185. In that lawsuit, which was some sort of attempt to scare Information Technology Department Director Shirley into working with Metts to support the troubled NetData software, Metts acted as plaintiff, plaintiff’s attorney, and judge in the same case! Please see “Picture Of Corruption: Judge Metts Files Lawsuit Where Montgomery County Sues Montgomery County, Metts Acts As Plaintiff, Plaintiff’s Attorney, Judge All In Same Case (The Davenports, Part 16),” The Golden Hammer, July 7, 2017.
It’s critical to the Davenport Ring that they get rid of Commissioner Jim Clark, because Clark has prevented Metts and the Davenport Ring from allowing Phonoscope, a company that has no contract with Montgomery County, to lay deep fiber optic cable lines throughout Precinct 4’s County rights-of-way. The Davenport Ring hopes to sell Phonoscope services to area municipalities, private developers, and homeowners associations, while suing the County government’s fiber optic cable system as a trunkline. Despite Metts’ numerous problems, getting rid of Clark is far more important to Metts than any job security. The Davenport Ring needs to get rid of Clark. Please see “Montgomery County Government “For Sale” Part 6: Why It’s So Important To The Davenport Ring To Get Rid Of Commissioner Jim Clark (And Bagley Too),” The Golden Hammer, October 24, 2017.
Davenport has issued the order to the members of the Davenport Ring who will all likely appear with Metts for his long-planned announcement that he’s running for County Commissioner. One logistical issue may push the date for Metts’ announcement back by one day.
One member of the Davenport Ring and two outsiders confirmed this story for The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper.