“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, […]

Commissioners Court Ratings for March 14, 2017: Getting Things Done Before the Trial of the 21st Century (Texas Open Meetings Act) Trial; Clark Earns A+ Rating for Meeting!!!

Commissioners Court Ratings for March 14, 2017: Getting Things Done Before the Trial of the 21st Century (Texas Open Meetings Act) Trial; Clark Earns A+ Rating for Meeting!!!

Image: Left to right, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 5 Constable’s Receptionist Deanne Riley, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, and Carol Gooch, December 2, 2015. Conroe, March 14 – The Montgomery County Commissioners held a meeting on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at 9:30 a.m., which had the feel that the Commissioners Court members were trying […]

Commissioner Noack fires back with “thank you” to County Human Resources Department, calls Davenport speech “reprehensible public rant”

Commissioner Noack fires back with “thank you” to County Human Resources Department, calls Davenport speech “reprehensible public rant”

Image: County Human Resources Department Employees Emily Sain, Cindy Carevic, Mandy Pyle, Director Dodi Shaw, Assistant Director Kathy Flowers, with beautiful bouquet of flowers from Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack. The Woodlands, March 15 – County Commissioner James Noack fired back this afternoon at County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s speech during Commissioners Court yesterday. The circumstances arose […]

Treasurer Davenport: “There’s a huge lack of integrity there” in the County Human Resources Department

Treasurer Davenport: “There’s a huge lack of integrity there” in the County Human Resources Department

Image: County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport (left) with her husband, Marc Davenport, the brilliant local political consultant (right). Conroe, March 14 – In an unusual juxtaposition and irony, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport accused County Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw and her staff of “a huge lack of integrity there.” Davenport then proceeded to refuse to identify […]

$The 6 Billion Man: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal

Conroe, March 13 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal is the $6 billion man when it comes to government spending. The County government budget is $377 million with a crushing $55 million per year of annual debt service and long-term debt of in excess of half a billion dollars. That’s not enough spending for Craig […]