BREAKING NEWS: Commissioner Clark places Precinct 4 Operations Manager Willett on suspension with pay pending investigation of “Dirt-Gate” scandal

BREAKING NEWS! ERIC YOLLICK, The Golden Hammer New Caney, May 6 – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark confirmed that he has placed his Precinct 4 Operations Manager Tracy Willett on suspension with pay pending an investigation concerning the subject of The Golden Hammer‘s May 5, 2017, story “BREAKING NEWS: Precinct 4 Operations Manager Willett uses County […]

The Golden Hammer, County watchdog, celebrates 100 days of publication

The Golden Hammer, County watchdog, celebrates 100 days of publication

Conroe, April 23 – The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, celebrates 100 days of publication today. The online newspaper began publication at 12:01 a.m., Saturday, January 14, 2017. For the first three weeks, the paper published weekly. It also had some major kinks to work out. One of them was the appearance. In its […]

How “open government” should work: from Stephanne’s mind’s inner recesses to enactment

Conroe, April 20 – County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport introduced the idea of a “reorganization” of her County Department, which has six employees, in early September, 2016. Her proposal faced much trouble and some opposition from the County’s Human Resources Department and from two of the members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. The proposal finally […]

BREAKING NEWS: City of Conroe cites Montgomery County for “doing work without proper permits, demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey,” fines County government

BREAKING NEWS: City of Conroe cites Montgomery County for “doing work without proper permits, demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey,” fines County government

Image: The Inspection/Violation Notice City of Conroe inspector Jeff McCaffrey issued to Montgomery County for “Doing work without proper permits, Demo[lition] without Asbestos Survey” along with a $500 fine to the County. Conroe, April 12 – The City of Conroe shut down a Montgomery County Building Maintenance Department job inside the Lee G. Alworth Courthouse […]

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 […]

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. […]

It’s time for Doyal to discipline fredricks

It’s time for Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal to discipline his “chief of staff” jim fredricks. fredricks makes $118,000 per year in salary as a County employee, plus, of course, the massive benefits that Doyal pays since he has failed to do anything to control County spending. Let’s look at fredricks’ track record: March 28, […]

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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