Image: Left to right, Wayne Mack, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace, with the man he refers to as “my favorite Commissioner,” Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador.
Montgomery and Willis, June 19 – Wayne Mack’s Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Court, located in Montgomery and Willis, is a wheelhouse of inappropriate behavior and employee idleness that requires a good dose of the “servant leadership” Mack has promised to taxpayers when he’s run for election. A survey of social media posts of Mack’s three top-level employees – Missy Keene Ringo, Kim Wilson, and Ben Blair – reveals people who engage in publicly inappropriate behavior as well as constant distractions during the court’s business hours. It raises the question why Mack has not proposed a substantially lower budget for Fiscal Year 2018 than he has, since he has opted not to reduce employee expenditures at all.
Of the 1,400 largest private companies in the United States, less than 10% permit employees access to social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, and others – during the business day. At many companies, engaging in social media activity outside of the company’s normal business can be a ground for termination. The County’s Public Library does not permit access to social media at all on its computers unless a patron shows photograph identification.
The Golden Hammer originally believed, along with many members of our community, that Mack was sincere in his public statements concerning his spirituality and wanting to be part of government that “people did not fear.” Mack’s own statements, many in writing, are highly disturbing and have obviously contributed to inappropriate conduct and idleness among the employees who work for him in the Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Court. County employees should not spend time posting personal messages on social media during County business hours. The taxpayers pay County employees to work for the public good.
After two of Mack’s employees began to engage in overt political activities on social media some of which occurred during County business hours, this newspaper began a survey of their social media posts. Missy Keene Ringo is Mack’s Court Coordinator. Kim Wilson is Mack’s private secretary and wedding scheduler. Ben Blair is a court clerk.
The official office hours of Mack’s County department are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. on weekdays.
On Thursday, June 15, 2017, at 2:34 p.m., Blair, as part of a long sequence of inappropriate social media posts among Blair and Ringo, posted the following post on Facebook during the Justice Court’s Official Office Hours when taxpayers paid Blair to work for the public good:
The foregoing Facebook post would seem to be a direct violation of Section 3.3 of the Montgomery County Employee Policy Manual.
Before describing the continuation of the colloquy among Mack’s employees, which this newspaper has chosen not to publish due to the graphic nature of the photographs and statements which Ringo and Blair made for the world to see, it’s important to note the definition of “obscenity” in the United States since 1957. In Roth versus United States, the Supreme Court of the United States defined “obscenity” as material whose “dominant theme taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest…[to the] average person, applying contemporary community standards.” 354 U.S. 476 (Supreme Court of the United States, 1957).
The foregoing post between Blair and Ringo would seem to be a classic example of “obscenity,” because it portrays an excessive interest in voyeurism and sexual matters applying contemporary community standards in Montgomery County, Texas, even in 2017. If you don’t reach that point, ask yourself the question: would even Craig Doyal stop someone from reading that Facebook post out loud in the Commissioners Court, which appears live by video and audio, during a citizen comment?
Later that evening, Ringo and Blair continued their inappropriate colloquy which they published for the world to see on Facebook.
Dozens of personal social media posts during the Justice Court’s business day
A survey of social media posts during the months of April, May, and June, 2017, has revealed that Ringo, Blair, and Wilson engaged in dozens of social media posts of a highly personal nature during the County business day on a regular basis. Because the matters are often highly personal, it’s incomprehensible that they’d post them on Facebook, which is a very public place.
Mack has claimed that he seeks to engage in “servant leadership.” A fundamental aspect of such leadership is to motivate and ensure that employees actually work doing their assigned tasks within the County government.
Mack has placed himself on a very high ethical pedestal, one which his personal behavior does not approach. Nevertheless, there are basic aspects of office management that should become the regular practice of Mack and his employees.
Mack submitted his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018. He’s playing a trick in which many other County departments have engaged. While he shows a supposed 5% reduction in a tiny portion of his budget, the $44,154, which he has addressed as his total budget, does not include salaries and benefits, Mack has not even submitted a proposed budget that addresses salaries and benefits in his department.
Mack’s total department budget for Fiscal Year 2017 is $791,706, which includes $589,111 for eight people’s salaries and $199,441 of benefits. In claiming to propose a 5% reduction, however, Mack removed the salaries and benefits from his consideration and merely reduced $2,532 from the remaining $44,154 in the department budget.
In other words, Mack’s actual proposed budget reduction is $2,532 out of a $791,706 budget, or 0.3%.
Considering the apparent idleness of Mack’s employees – and the massive number of non-business social media posts Mack himself makes during normal business hours – it’s apparent that Mack’s budget could easily reach a $39,585 reduction without any loss of services whatsoever.
Mack has stated in writing that Marc Davenport manages all of Mack’s non-judicial affairs. The Golden Hammer has received confirmation from multiple sources, including two employees inside of Mack’s office and one employee in the Commissioner Precinct 1 office, that Marc Davenport regularly attends and provides direction at Mack employee staff meetings inside of Mack’s County office building. Marc Davenport is not a judge, a lawyer, or a County employee. He has no business whatsoever inside of those meetings.