Editorial: East Montgomery County deserves better than Metts as a JP or Commissioner, while the entire County government needs sexual harassment reform

ERIC YOLLICK*, The Golden Hammer

It’s time for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts to go. The people of East Montgomery County deserve a lot better.

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are nothing short of an abuse of power. That’s what we’re seeing with the cases of Harvey Weinstein, Al Franken, Bill O’Reilly, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Bill Cosby, Louis CK, John Conyers, and so many others.

The findings of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commissioner against Metts in the Delonna Snow case are very serious and showed a pattern of abuse both sexually and politically. Metts didn’t learn any lessons from the Snow case. In fact, Metts is currently carrying on a sexual relationship with a County employee who is a direct-report to him. We can all wish Metts and his friend the best, and hope for the best for them, until the moment when there’s a breakup, and the taxpayers will face the large gun-barrel of a sexual harassment claim, or worse.

But in Montgomery County, Texas, under the corrupt leadership of County Judge Craig Doyal, James Metts is swept under the rug, as are the cases of the Precinct 2 employees involved in sexual relationships with one particular former employee there, as are the cases of the former County Commissioner who had sexual relationships with several County employees.

Rather than handling those cases with the greater propriety which Fox News, the Weinstein Company, the United States Senate, NBC News, CBS News, or the State of Pennsylvania, we observe a situation where Doyal is actually encouraging Metts to run for Precinct 4 County Commissioner to get a promotion! If there is nothing else that would convince you that the Montgomery County government is totally devoid of ethics, Doyal and the Davenport Ring’s encouragement of Metts to run for higher office should pull you over the top.

It’s good that there are two strong candidates running for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace: (1) Deputy Constable Ron Willingham who works for Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden seems like a decent person with a strong law enforcement background and immense ties to the East Montgomery County community, and (2) Jason Dunn, a Harris County law enforcement officer who serves on the Splendora ISD Board of Trustees, also with good ties to East Montgomery County. Either one of those gentlemen would likely be much stronger Justices of the Peace than Metts, even though Dunn has made the terrible mistake of falling into the Davenport Ring.

It’s also good that there are two strong candidate running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner: (1) incumbent Jim Clark who had a shaky start as a political newcomer but who has done a magnificent job during the past year and clearly has continued to improve as a much better elected representative of the people of East Montgomery County, and (2) MCHD Director Bob Bagley who has a strong community spirit and clear adoration for people. Both Clark and Bagley attended a community development grant meeting on Tuesday, November 27, 2017, at the Lone Star Convention Center. Both Clark and Bagley showed their commitment and love for the people of East Montgomery County at that meeting. Either one of those gentlemen would make stronger Commissioners than Metts.

Metts works less than half-time hours for his full-time pay as a JP. He’s got two full-time jobs on the side, as he tells his County employees frequently. It’s time for Metts to retire, so that he can focus on his other two jobs.

The Montgomery County government needs to bring its sexual harassment problem to an end. Three things need to happen for that to occur. First, violators, such as Metts, should receive their walking papers. Second, the County Commissioners Court should work aggressively with Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw and her excellent Department to revise and update the County’s anti-sexual harassment policy (Section 3.3 of the Employee Policy Manual). Third, Shaw should design and implement a County government-wide training program, so that sexual misconduct circumstances are far less likely to occur in the future.

An important question

When NBC News announced the termination of longtime “Today Show” anchor Matt Lauer, who is an experienced journalist and outstanding interviewer, the networks Chairman Andrew Lack made the following statement:

“Dear colleagues, on Monday night we received a detailed complaint from a colleague about inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace by Matt Lauer. It represented, after serious review, a clear violation of our company’s standards. As a result, we’ve decided to terminate his employment.”

“While it is the first complaint about his behavior in the over twenty years he’s been at NBC News,” Lack continued, “we were also presented with reason to believe this may not have been an isolated incident. Our highest priority is to create a workplace environment where everyone feels safe and protected, and to ensure that any actions that run counter to our core values are met with consequences. No matter who the offender, we are deeply saddened by this turn of events but we will face it together as a news organization — and do it in as transparent a manner as we can.”

Could you imagine Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal ever issuing a statement like that with respect a circumstance in the County government? If not, then you’ve given yourself precisely the reason that Doyal needs to go along with Metts.

One more important question

Looking at the reporting of these very serious circumstances, where has The Courier been? Absolutely and positively silent.

The Golden Hammer didn’t begin until January 14, 2017. We’ll bring you the hard news from this community, and we’re more than willing to report about what’s happening with The Courier, an organization that used to be a proud newspaper helping to lead this community which has turned now into little more than Public Service Announcement blog for the political “establishment.”

Sexual harassment is a vitally important issue in Montgomery County and the nation. Even adventure writer Jon Krakauer left his usual topics and devoted 2 years to write the outstanding bestseller Missoula about sexual harassment on college campuses and within the NCAA.

The silence of The Courier is astoundingly telling that Marc Davenport and his Craig Doyal don’t need to create a bunch of fake newspapers (as they’re presently doing). They’ve already got one.

 

 

* “Eric Yollick” is the real name of the writer, unlike the dozens of “establishment” supporters (primarily Marc Davenport) who use fake profiles and fake names to show fake support for James Metts, for Craig Doyal, for Charlie Riley, and the members of the Davenport Ring. Apparently, they’re afraid of publishing under their real names. Isn’t that right “Yizguy” (jim fredricks, Doyal’s $118K per year “chief of staff”)?




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