The Golden Hammer Award: Doyal, Meador force taxpayers to pay for sexual misconduct, reward sex offenders

The Golden Hammer Award: Doyal, Meador force taxpayers to pay for sexual misconduct, reward sex offenders

Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 1 County Commissioner received The Golden Hammer Award on December 12, 2017, for hammering the taxpayers with respect to Metts’ sexual harassment of a County government employee and with respect to paying money to give drinks and snacks to sex offenders.

Conroe, December 14 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal lost his temper early in the December 12, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting when he and Precinct 1 County Commissioner received “The Golden Hammer Award” for hammering the taxpayers by moving and seconding approval of the August 4, 2014, settlement against JP James Metts wherein Montgomery County taxpayers had to pay $45,000 to the County employee, Delonna Snow, Metts terminated for refusing to have sex with him after almost three full years of sexual advance. Doyal’s and Metts’ bizarre behavior continued to the end of the Commissioners Court meeting when Meador moved to force the taxpayers to pay $2,500 for drinks and snacks for convicted sex offenders while they perform their community service under penal sentences.

Doyal’s vague and bizarre agenda item: “2017 Making a Difference Proclamation”

Doyal’s anger at the Commissioners Court meeting began with an item he had placed on the agenda, entitled “2017 Making a Difference Proclamation.” The so-called “proclamation” was not attached to the backup material when the notice for the Tuesday, December 12 meeting.

Instead, the County Extension Department merely provided Doyal with an invitation for a secret breakfast meeting with the entire Commissioners Court (in violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act) and an indication that the Commissioners Court would consider an “interpretation” of the “2017 Making A Difference Proclamation.”

The Golden Hammer Award to Doyal, Meador: Making a Real Difference

The Publisher of The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, requested permission to make a citizen comment on that agenda item in order to offer an appropriate “interpretation” who the Commissioners Court could, indeed, “make a difference during 2017.” The suggestion was that the Commissioners Court could make an enormous difference and move the County government towards ethics reform with two guiding principles:

  • #1, Montgomery’s County’s government should have a zero tolerance for sexual harassment. The Commissioners Court should call for JP James Metts to resign from office after the United States Equal Employment Opportunities Commission found that Metts made repeated sexual advances inside his JP court office against Snow, threatened to hit Snow for refusing to have sex with him, openly discussed his sex life with Snow and other employees in the court office, and then terminated Snow as an employee for refusing to have sex with him.
  • #2, Montgomery County taxpayers should never have to pay for sexual harassment by County elected officials or employees. The entirety of the $45,000 settlement the County taxpayers were forced to pay for Metts’ sexual misconduct should have come directly from Metts. On August 4, 2014, Meador and Doyal (then a County Commissioner) led the way to force County taxpayers to pay $45,000 to settle Snow’s sexual harassment claim.

As a result of Doyal’s and Meador’s eager willingness to force County taxpayers to pay for Metts’ sexual misconduct, taxpayers suffered the entirety of the punishment for Metts’ sexual harassment, while Metts walked away without recrimination. Doyal and Meador clearly couldn’t care less about sexual harassment, the abuse of power that sexual harassment represents, or the financial blow the taxpayers suffered as a result.

Doyal doesn’t understand the First Amendment

Doyal knew how vague the agenda item he had put on the agenda was, as it was totally unclear what “2017 Making A Difference Proclamation” would mean. Doyal made clear, however, that the only person whom he would permit to express thoughts on how to make a difference was Doyal himself or one other County employee.

Mark Frank, Republican Area Chairman and Precinct Chair, recorded his observations of “The Golden Hammer Award”:

“Well today in Commissioners Court one individual stood to address the Making A Difference Proclamation. The County Judge interrupted Eric Yollick as he addressed the people responsible for the mismanagement of taxpayers money to pay for sexual harassment lawsuits.”

As soon as Doyal realized that The Golden Hammer Award would concern a serious issue of government and spending mismanagement, where taxpayers had to pay for Metts’ sexual harassment of a County employee, Doyal attempted to cut off the expression of political speech, which clearly fit under the agenda item Doyal had written.

Doyal clearly is not much of a believer in the First Amendment. He believes that he has the right to impose a “prior restraint” of Free Speech if he disagrees with a citizen comment about a vague agenda item.

Rewarding sex offenders: December 12, 2017!!!

The County’s Adult Probation Director requested $2,500 for drinks and snacks to give to convicted sex offenders while they performed community service. The taxpayers would have to pay the funds for the rewards to the sex offenders. Nothing would prevent the convicted sex offenders from bringing their own snacks while they worked.

Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack said, “I can’t believe we’re seriously considering voting to make the taxpayers pay for snacks for sex offenders.”

Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador said, “I appreciate their volunteering to do all this work.” At that point in the meeting, sage and political activist Bill O’Sullivan who sat in the audience interjected, “They’re not volunteering!”

Meador, Doyal, and two other seriously voted in favor of giving drinks and snacks to convicted sex offenders by a four to one vote on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.

The bottom line

Doyal and Meador have led the way to protect Metts, whom the EEOC found committed sexual harassment on multiple occasions, by forcing the taxpayers to pay his settlement for him. On December 12, however, Doyal and Meador went a major step further. They actually voted to reward convicted sex offenders.

As usual who gets punished? Montgomery County taxpayers.

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