Image: Gulf War hero and four-star General Norman Schwarzkopf.
Conroe, July 6 – General Norman Schwarzkopf said, “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But if you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Schwarzkopf: “Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But of you must be without one, be without the strategy.”
Unfortunately, over the past month, our community has come to learn that Marc Davenport and his crony “clients” are “leaders” without much character who try to act out a strategy instead.
If citizens wish to clean up the Montgomery County government, they need to purge the County of Marc Davenport’s influence and of his crony “clients.” In the 2018 Republican Primary Election, County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack, and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts are up for re-election. In actuality, Metts and others have made clear that Metts intends to run for Precinct 4 County Commissioner against incumbent Jim Clark. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal fears Davenport and seems to do what Davenport wants.
What has become clear is that voters must vote out all three of those Davenport clients. Based upon the information The Golden Hammer has learned during the past month, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper withdraws its endorsement and support of Stephanne Davenport.
County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport: politics and hatred
County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport is a lady who runs her office on politics and personal animus. It now seems that the odds of Conroe ISD President Melanie Pryor Bush running against Davenport are around 100%. Bush or just about anyone who is not a Marc Davenport crony would be a major improvement over Stephanne Davenport.
Stephanne Davenport has made clear to Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham and anyone else who dares to socialize with people whom she doesn’t like that they are her enemies. In her own words in a May 25, 2017, text message, they are “Dead. To. Me.” No semi-mature child should act that way let alone an elected official handling a half a billion dollars of public funds each fiscal year. Davenport further told Ham, “Not mad. Done. You can call Marc if you need. Our team doesn’t roll with those who roll with the haters. Steph”.
Davenport and her husband Marc threatened County Judge Craig Doyal in late May when Doyal continued to maintain his friendship with Ham. For full coverage, please see “Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham: ‘The Davenports’ Threas Against County Judge Craig Doyal Are An Insult to the Law Enforcement Community and the Citizens.’ (The Davenports, Part 1),” The Golden Hammer, May 31, 2017.
When Stephanne Davenport communicates in public, she has made clear that she reads what her husband Marc has written. Marc Davenport made clear formally that he speaks for all of his clients – Rand Henderson, Wayne Mack, Stephanne Davenport, Jason Dunn, James Metts, and Rowdy Hayden. Marc Davenport runs interference for those individuals, so that he can spin their answers as he sees fit. Please see “Should Citizens Tolerate a PR Guy Blocking Communications with Elected Officials? (The Davenports, Part 3),” The Golden Hammer, June 2, 2017.
One of the manners in which Stephanne Davenport used her official office as County Treasurer for political gain was her efforts to promote County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter to the position of Deputy Treasurer, even though Davenport acknowledged that nepotism is an “abuse of power.” It now appears that Davenport’s Treasurer’s Office “reorganization” was not much of a reorganization of her 6-person Department at all. It was merely a thinly-veiled attempt to promote Lindsey Doyal that failed when The Golden Hammer lifted the veil. Please see “County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport Lied About Not Wanting to Promote County Judge’s Daughter in Department Reorganization (The Davenports, Part 5),” The Golden Hammer, June 5, 2017.
Fundamentally, Stephanne Davenport, Mack, and Metts follow the orders of Marc Davenport. One of those orders is that they may not “work with…on any level” the political clients of any public relations consultant who dares to compete with Marc Davenport. That disengagement for political and business reasons appears to be one of the reasons that the Davenport clients don’t work with Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, who has used the services of a different consultant, and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark, who has consistently refused to work with Marc Davenport. Please see “‘My Clients Will Not Work With Her Clients on ay Level or They Will Not be My Clients’: The Davenports’ Direct Interference with County Government (The Davenports, Part 6),” The Golden Hammer, June 7, 2017.
Going around telling people that they’re on her “Hit List” for liking Conroe ISD President Melanie Bush’s Facebook posts is conduct that is completely unbecoming an elected official, a Republican, or anyone who has matured since adolescence. Please see “‘Hit List’ 2.0: County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport Starts Her Own List of ‘Friends’ and ‘Likes” of her Likely Electoral Opponent and CISD President Melanie Pryor Bush (the Davenports, Part 11),” The Golden Hammer, June 23, 2017.
Most recently, we’ve learned about Stephanne Davenport’s disclosures of County employee private information for political purposes. A County Treasurer should exercise far more discretion than intentional disclosures of payroll information protected under federal law. Please see “Employee Payroll Confidentiality Breaches Emanate from County Treasurer Davenport’s Office (the Davenports, Part 15),” The Golden Hammer, July 5, 2017.
Stephanne Davenport and her husband, Marc, should be nowhere near the workings of our County government.
Wayne Mack: the man who threatens
Often blaspheming the name of the Lord in the same phrases, Wayne Mack seems to carry the message of his boss, Marc Davenport, in the form of threats. Mack wrote to longtime County employee Marie Moore on April 8, 2014, “You need to give your heart to Jesus. Because the rest of you belongs to Marc…” The full text message is even more disturbing coming from the mouth of a sitting judge. Please see “Judge Wayne Mack (A Davenport Client) to Marie Moore: ‘You Need to Give Your Heart to Jesus. Because the Rest of You Belongs to Marc [Davenport] and He Wants His Reputation Back’ (the Davenports, Part 2),” The Golden Hammer, June 1, 2017.
Mack never apologized or showed the slightest bit of remorse for the terrible and threatening text message he sent to Moore. His threats didn’t end there.
Since June 4, Mack has begun a fight on social media and elsewhere to attack personally anyone who dares to quote his threats to others. Those threats include:
- Mack filed criminal charges against Moore in 2014 which an appointed Special Prosecutor determined did not involve allegations of criminal activity.
- Mack confronted a public relations competitor of Davenport at Mack’s first annual prayer breakfast in 2014 and threatened her due to her “friendship with Marie Moore.”
- In 2015, Mack confronted the same public relations consultant rudely at a Noon Lions Club meeting for having Marie Moore as a friend.
- On September 1, 2015, Mack tricked Precinct 1 Constable’s Captain Rusty Fincher into attending a meeting at Mack’s courthouse office where Mack, Davenport, and then Deputy Sheriff Rand Henderson proceeded to try to convince Fincher not to run for Constable to replace the retiring Don Chumley. Mack began the discussion by saying “Rusty, we don’t understand why you think you can run for Constable, because no one in this precinct likes you.” Mack added, “I think you running is a bad idea. You’ll have an uphill battle, so you shouldn’t get involved.”
- After Mack began his propaganda campaign in 2017, several individuals created what Mack must have viewed was the ultimate offense: they quoted the Holy Scriptures on his Facebook page impliedly criticizing his behavior. Mack deleted the Scriptures and blocked the individuals from participating in the discussion.
- Whenever anyone other than Mack dares to ask why Mack has not responded to the factual allegations against him but, instead, merely chose to attack the presenters of those facts, Mack claims that the presenters are “political pornography” and “fake news.” When that doesn’t seem to work, Mack sends his County employees Kim Wilson and Missy Keene Ringo into action on social media on his behalf.
Please see “How the Davenports Play the County Through Wayne Mack, Other Clients (the Davenports, Part 8),” The Golden Hammer, June 12, 2017, and “Constable Captain Fincher Stood Up to Davenport, Mack When They Tricked Him into Political Meeting inside JP Courthouse: ‘It’s Not Their Decision to Choose Candidates; It’s the Public’s’ (the Davenports, Part 7),” The Golden Hammer, June 9, 2017.
Mack’s problems are not only his subterfuge in public. Also, Mack’s court has serious problems. His employees are out of control and behave entirely inappropriately. Please see “Wayne Mack’s Court: Wheelhouse of Inappropriate Behavior, Employee Idleness (the Davenports, Part 9),” The Golden Hammer, June 19, 2017.
As far as this newspaper is concerned, however, Mack’s greatest threat to Montgomery County citizens is the wasteful manner in which he runs his JP court financially. Mack’s court is far less efficient, financially, than Judge Grady “Trey” Spikes and Judge Edie Connelly, when one analyzes his budget in comparison to the his failure to collect fees and fines efficiently, largely due to the Davenport-chosen NetData computer system, which has also made court file review very difficult for the general public in his court. Please see “Montgomery County Justice Courts Reveal Stark Financial Contrasts,” The Golden Hammer, June 22, 2017.
James Metts: absolutely loyalty to Marc Davenport rather than the citizens
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts is one of Marc Davenport’s oldest political clients. It shows. Metts has told large groups of County employees that Marc Davenport is a “sworn deputy” in his Office. Davenport has identified himself as an officer of the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace.
Metts intends to run against Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark, who has declined to work with the Davenports. Incumbent Clark or challenger Bob Bagley, who is also running for the position and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Hospital District, are both superior choices over Metts whose fealty is to Davenport rather than the citizens of East Montgomery County.
Metts runs his JP court inefficiently as the financial numbers reveal. Please see “Montgomery County Justice Courts Reveal Stark Financial Contrasts,” The Golden Hammer, June 22, 2017.
Metts has a serious judicial record openness problem as well, because the Net Data program which he and Marc Davenport have vehemently advocated is not available for public use. Please see “Four Out of Five JP Courts Have Serious Judicial Record Openness Problem (the Davenport, Part 10),” The Golden Hammer, June 22, 2017.
Metts is extremely loyal to Marc Davenport. That loyalty makes Metts’ loyalty to the citizens pale in comparison. Metts has appeared several times in Commissioners Court to defend Marc Davenport’s dictated choice of Net Data as the computer software system for the JP Courts. Most recently, Metts appeared before the County Commissioners on June 28, 2016, in a very disturbing rambling speech in which the judge displayed an anti-public attitude in which he showed where his true interests and loyalties lie: the Davenports.”
For Metts to choose not to run for his Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace position would be a good thing, although the citizens of East Montgomery County should never vote in a new Davenport client (Jason Dunn) to replace him. For Metts to succeed Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark as the County Commissioner would be a total disaster.
Montgomery County already has one puppet of Marc Davenport, Craig Doyal, on the Commissioners Court. When Davenport snaps his fingers, Doyal jumps. The County government doesn’t need to add Metts to the Court.
Conclusion: the corrupt corrupts the weak
People who knew Stephanne Davenport before she married Marc Davenport and people who knew Wayne Mack before he became a Davenport crony have consistently reported to this newspaper that they seemed like decent people a long time ago. Sadly, Marc Davenport has caused them to strategize and manipulate without maintaining the character, which General Schwarzkopf made clear was so vital to strong leadership.