County Auditor items highlight mundane “open meeting” for Commissioners Court, because they hid all of the controversial measures on the “consent agenda”; Meador “Camp Party” pics spice up mundanity

Conroe, May 8 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court Agenda for the May 9, 2017, meeting at 9:30 a.m., is rather mundane for the “open meeting” portion, because all of the controversial items are hidden on the “consent agenda” which they Commissioners won’t discuss. The County Auditor’s items, however, do contain potential peril for Montgomery […]

Secrecy, waste, Animal Shelter dominate Commissioners Court’s first agenda since Doyal, Riley struck down one of main provisions of Open Meetings Act

Secrecy, waste, Animal Shelter dominate Commissioners Court’s first agenda since Doyal, Riley struck down one of main provisions of Open Meetings Act

Image: On March 24, 2017, County Judge Craig Doyal held a secret meeting with Animal Shelter Director Charles Jackson (shown here) in which Doyal, with no evidentiary basis whatsoever, confronted Jackson with allegations that he was a “racist,” a “homophone,” and a “bigot.” When Jackson, of course, denied the baseless charges, Doyal sought to secure […]

County Auditor Phyllis Martin, The Golden Hammer’s 8th Most Powerful Person in Montgomery County, garners “The Golden Hammer” on March 28

Conroe, March 28 – County Auditor Phyllis Martin, named the “eighth most powerful person in Montgomery County” at the end of 2016, received “The Golden Hammer Award” at the March 28, 2017, County Commissioners Court meeting. Martin has cost County taxpayers tens of millions of dollars and looks to cost many tens of million more […]

County Judge Doyal, Commissioner Meador enlist County Auditor Martin to produce bizarre budget reports

Conroe, March 27 – With the upcoming criminal Open Meetings case against County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, numerous requests from citizens and other groups for County records under the Open Records Act, a quiet rebellion among County employees who are working closing with The Golden Hammer and private citizens to bring […]

Commissioner Riley’s befuddlement, Auditor Martin’s conflicts on public display during auditor’s report to Commissioners Court

Conroe, March 19 – Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley’s befuddlement over his own Precinct budget and County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s conflicts of interest and in appropriate involvement in political issues were on public display in the March 14, 2017, and other recent Commissioners Court meetings. Martin’s actions were particularly disconcerting since the County government and […]

County Auditor Martin to present financial records to Commissioners Court, forced to reveal parts of the financial mess of Montgomery County government

Conroe, March 14 – County Auditor Phyllis Martin will present certain budget-related documents to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court during the meeting today at 9:30 a.m. The documents provide a small glimpse of the complete fiscal mess which County Judge Craig Doyal and his colleagues on the Commissioners Court have created. Martin provided a memorandum […]

Major issues loom in final Commissioners Court meeting before the “Trial of the 21st Century, the TOMA Trial” begins

Conroe, March 12 – The final Montgomery County Commissioner Court will hold its final meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., before the Texas Open Meetings Act trial, which is set to commence on March 27. County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s proposed “reorganization” of her 6-person Department, County Judge Craig Doyal’s portrait “For Future […]

County Treasurer’s embattled “reorganization” highlights March 14 Commissioners Court agenda

County Treasurer’s embattled “reorganization” highlights March 14 Commissioners Court agenda

Image: County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport. Conroe, March 11 – The embattled departmental “reorganization” of County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, which has caused an outbreak of substantial feuding between her department and Dodi Shaw’s Human Resources Department is one of the highlights of the March 14, 2017, Commissioners Court agenda. Agenda Item 16A under “County Treasurer” might […]

County Information Technology Department sabotages County budget, officials secretly attempt to cover up

County Information Technology Department sabotages County budget, officials secretly attempt to cover up

IMAGE: Montgomery County Information Technology Director Marshall Shirley. Conroe, March 9 – The Golden Hammer caught County officials red-handed attempting to cover up a major sabotage of the County Budget presentation on the County’s so-called website (www.mctx.org). Some time around the morning of Tuesday, March 8, 2017, the Fiscal Year 2017 Montgomery County Budget transmogrified from […]