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 […]

Rep. Keough hails passage of major transparency legislation bill to require county auditors to follow accounting standards

Austin, April 25 – State Representative Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) hailed the passage of House Bill 1930 as “major transparency legislation that will force counties to comply with national accounting standards.” The short and simple piece of legislation requires that county auditors, such as Montgomery County Phyllis Martin, in counties with a population that exceeds […]

Montgomery County’s FY 2016 financial report highlights County government’s out-of-control spending

Conroe, April 24 – With little fanfare and under the cloak of the secrecy with which Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador have shrouded the County government, on March 28, 2017, County Auditor Phyllis Martin presented Montgomery County’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for […]

Noack-Clark-improved “budget packet” still doesn’t give Montgomery County government departments enough guidance to achieve meaningful spending cuts

Conroe, April 16 – After Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark insisted that the “FY 2018 Budget Packet” given to County departments to prepare their budgets for the upcoming fiscal year include direction for spending reductions two weeks earlier, the County Commissioners Court approved an FY 2018 Budget […]

Time to End Nepotism in the Montgomery County Government

Time to End Nepotism in the Montgomery County Government

Conroe, April 10 – It’s time to end nepotism in the Montgomery County government. In two instances – (1) the “Charlie Riley 2-Step” where he created a new position and then hired his own wife, Deanne, for it, and (2) the immense problems involving the County Treasurer’s Department and the proposal that some still-undisclosed person […]

Airport runway agenda item for Tuesday Commissioners Court meeting great example of Doyal’s, Meador’s, Riley’s tax dollars spending addiction

Conroe, April 9 – The proposal of Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador, and Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley to spend $209,151.00 of unbudgeted tax dollars on runway cleaning and repainting of runway markings at the County Airport, a largely unused facility, is just as outrageous, childish, and irresponsible as a […]

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 […]

Doyal’s and Martin’s “budget packet” illustrates complete failure to control County government spending and a total of absence of any desire to do so

Conroe, March 28 – County Judge Craig Doyal and County Auditor Phyllis Martin, who exercises little independence from the County government’s political machinations and has worked closely with Doyal to increase County government spending over past years, are introducing a so-called “FY 2018 Budget Packet” during the March 28, 2017, 9:30 a.m. Commissioners Court meeting. […]

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 […]