HISTORY OF GOLDEN HAMMER AWARDS

The Golden Hammer Publisher Eric Yollick began awarding “golden hammers” on August 23, 2016, at the Montgomery County Commissioners Court for spending actions of county officials which clearly waste public money and “hammer the taxpayers.” The original “golden hammer” (August 23, 2016) was a real hammer (purchased at Home Depot) and spray-painted gold.  The subsequent […]

Doyal Compiled “Hit List” for Political Enemies After 2014 Election Victory

Conroe, January 20 – After defeating County Purchasing Manager Mark Edward Bosma in the May 27, 2014, Republican Primary Runoff Election, then County Judge-Elect Craig Doyal and some of his top campaign supporters complied a “Hit List” of political enemies, a story confirmed by two county officials and one person from inside Doyal’s campaign. Doyal […]

Noack Accuses Cagle, Doyal of Threatening Engineers

January 20, 2017, The Woodlands – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack accused Precinct 4 Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle of threatening engineers and engineering firms who politically have supported Noack. Noack posited, “Jack Cagle and [Montgomery County Judge] Craig Doyal threatened engineers that if they give [campaign contributions] to me, they won’t get work […]

Doyal, Riley, Clark Attorney Payments from Contributions Legal but Ethically Questionable

Austin, January 20 – The payments totaling more than $100,000 of County Judge Craig Doyal, Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Commissioner Jim Clark to their criminal defense attorneys are legal but ethically questionable. Doyal, Riley, and Clark filed their statutorily-required semiannual campaign finance reports with County Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey, sister of County Auditor Phyllis Martin, […]

President Trump’s Inaugural Speech Echoes in Montgomery County

January 20, 2017 – President Donald J. Trump’s Inaugural Address was remarkable for it brevity, but more importantly, for the message the 45th President extended to the hearts of every American citizen. The basic theme follows: “For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people […]

Building Maintenance Dept. Hotbed for Nepotism

Conroe, January 20 – In all of the discussions of the numerous problems that the Montgomery County government suffers arising from nepotism, no County department comes close to the Building Maintenance Department. The Building Maintenance Department oversees the maintenance and construction of the County’s physical facilities. While Custodial Services provides housecleaning for County buildings, Building […]

$1.3 MILLION HIGHWAY BOONDOGGLE LEADS JANUARY 24 COURT AGENDA

Conroe, January 20, 2017 – A proposed $1.3 million payment for County Judge Craig Doyal’s and Commissioner Charlie Riley’s TX-249 “Decimation of Hope Highway” project to build a 3.6 mile road for a total $100 million at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County highlights the Commissioners Court Agenda for January 24, 2017, at 9:30 […]

ASBESTOS-GATE: CASE ORDERS HALT OF COURTHOUSE DEMOLITIONS

January 20, 2017 – Building Maintenance Department Director Paul Case ordered all employees of the county department to halt any work that would involve perforation of the walls of the Montgomery County Courthouse. Case issued the order during a staff meeting of his Department on Friday, January 20. Case held meetings for several hours during […]

EMPLOYEES CHARGE O/T FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, CLARK DISAGREES

New Caney, January 20 – Three employees of the East Montgomery County Senior Center have initiated an internal complaint with the County government and claimed that they have been shorted overtime payments for two years. The Center’s Facility Coordinator Rhonda Behnken and her two assistants contend that they have turned in hours for approximately two […]

COUNTY ENGINEER DOES NOTHING, COSTS TAXPAYERS

Conroe, January 20 – County Engineer Mark Mooney admitted on Tuesday, January 17, that he “is not in possession of any of the” road contracts between Montgomery County on the one hand and Halff Associates, Inc., Dannenbaum Engineering, and Binkley and Barfield, Inc., three of the primary road engineering firms that provide engineering services to […]