As Committee on Finance struggles, County Commissioners Court needs to end the County’s misery and appoint a “chief budget officer” independent of politics

Conroe, June 18 – Reports are coming out from inside the Montgomery County Courthouse that the three-member Committee on Finance is struggling. 435th District Judge Patty Maginnis appointed three full-time accountants – James Wiggins, Brenda Webb, and Landon Estay – to conduct a full examination audit of Montgomery County. Chapter 111 of the Texas Local […]

County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport lied about not wanting to promote County Judge’s daughter in department reorganization (The Davenports, Part 5)

County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport lied about not wanting to promote County Judge’s daughter in department reorganization (The Davenports, Part 5)

Image: Artist’s rendering of Human Resources Department Conference Room, Sadler Administration Building, September 26, 2017, meeting between Assistant Human Resources Director Kathy Flowers, Director Dodi Shaw, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, and County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter, with artist rendering of exact moment when Davenport handed Personal Description Questionnaire, in which Davenport proposed to promote Judge […]

“Video-Gate”: Doyal should face consequences; benchmarking law enforcement

“Video-Gate”: Doyal should face consequences; benchmarking law enforcement

Image: Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson. Conroe, May 30 – The “Video-Gate” scandal involving Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s filming of political advertisements in his official County Judge Office inside the Sadler Administration Building is a test of the integrity of our law enforcement community. There is every reason to believe that Sheriff Rand Henderson […]

County Judge Craig Doyal reveals obsession with nepotistic relationship with County Treasurer

County Judge Craig Doyal reveals obsession with nepotistic relationship with County Treasurer

Conroe, May 29 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has revealed an obsession with the nepotistic relationship upon which he depends upon County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport who employs Doyal’s daughter. While it’s a classic example of the harm of nepotism within government, it’s also  sad for many other County employees as well as for Doyal’s […]

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

“A million here, a million there, pretty soon, you’re talking real money”: where the Montgomery County Commissioners Court goes completely awry

Image: United States Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen (right), the Senate Republican Leader, arguing with Senator Mike Mansfield (left), the democrat leader, in 1967, a time when Republicans actually against too much government spending. Conroe, May 18 – Arguing about too much government spending, United States Senate Republican Leader Everett Dirksen once said, “A million here, a […]

Editorial: The Golden Hammer endorses County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport for re-election on March 6, 2018

THE GOLDEN HAMMER EDITORIAL BOARD The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Stephanne Davenport for re-election as Montgomery County’s Treasurer in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. So far, Davenport runs unopposed for this position. The Golden Hammer hopes and respectfully suggests that no one should file to challenge Davenport for the Treasurer’s […]

Guest Editorial: Former County Treasurer Martha Gustavsen talks about the County Treasurer’s Office

MARTHA GUSTAVSEN There are many reasons why the office of County Treasurer in Montgomery County should not be abolished. I served as Montgomery County Treasurer from 26.5 years (January 1, 1987 to June 30, 2013). In September of 2013, the County Treasurers’ Association of Texas presented me a “Lifetime Membership” in their association. The County […]

Doyal pushed for appointment of Stephanne Davenport as County Treasurer to get his daughter Lindsey Doyal into a higher paying job

Doyal pushed for appointment of Stephanne Davenport as County Treasurer to get his daughter Lindsey Doyal into a higher paying job

Image: Betty Graham was the first Montgomery County employee in history to receive a 45-Year Service Pin in 2014. Graham retired from Montgomery County in 2016 after 47 years of service. Graham had been County Treasurer Martha Gustavsen’s choice as her interim successor as County Treasurer. The Commissioners Court voted to appoint Stephanne Davenport instead. […]

Montgomery County should analyze before abolishing the County Treasurer’s Office, despite the wise Noack’s call

Conroe, March 27 – Wise conservative Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has called for abolishing the County Treasurer’s Office as an agenda item for the March 28, 2017, County Commissioners Court meeting. It’s not a proposal that the Commissioners Court should reject, but it requires some careful planning and analysis before making any decision […]

County Treasurer’s Department: More on the Face of Nepotism

County Treasurer’s Department: More on the Face of Nepotism

Image: Patricia Reaves, Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office. Conroe, March 26 – The Golden Hammer has obtained documents that reveal more on the full story about why Montgomery County Treasurer’s Office employee Patricia Reaves suffered a demotion on January 10, 2014, which County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport closely followed with hiring County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter, Lindsey Doyal, […]

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