Conroe, February 17 – Officeholders and candidates filed their annual Personal Financial Statements with Montgomery County Clerk Mark Turnbull this past week. While the financial statements do not provide a traditional list of assets and liabilities, they do reveal some important information.
Precinct 4 JP James Metts’ financial statement revealed his continuing effort to avoid creditors by reflecting no assets. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal continues to do business with his best friend and longtime business partner Bobby Jack Adams, the Halff Associates regional vice president who procured the lucrative $2 million project management contract from Doyal for the Decimation of Hope Highway tollroad, also known as the $73 million, 3.6 mile, TX 249 Tollway. State Representative Mark Keough, who is running for Montgomery County Judge, filed a financial statement with no red flags.
Metts’ effort to avoid creditors
According to documents from the Office of Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, Metts owes approximately $173,167.26 to Mustang Tractor & Equipment, which obtained a Final Judgment against the beleaguered JP on October 20, 1999, in the 281st District Court of Harris County, Texas. The original judgment was for $61,845.45, but accumulated post judgment interest of approximately $111,321.81, yields the full judgment amount of $173,167.26.
Mustang Tractor is a major Montgomery County government vendor, which, The Golden Hammer has verified, regularly does business with the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s Office. Mustang attempted to collect its Judgment against Metts in 2010 when Harris County District Clerk Loren Jackson issued a Writ of Execution instructing the Sheriff or Constable to seize Metts’ property.
Metts’ son, Jamie, identified a Federal Tax Lien which his father owes to the United States Department of the Treasury, Internal Revenue Service, for $36,275.77, plus interest, in a “not me” affidavit Jamie Metts filed in the Real Property Records of Montgomery County so he could complete a real estate transaction.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, is unaware of any particular reasons that readers should not trust official or sworn documents from Constable Hayden or Jamie Metts.
Therefore, it’s not surprising that JP James Metts’ February 12, 2018, financial statement, shows that he owns no real property on the tax rolls of Montgomery County. Metts, of course, will not suffer at all if he chooses to raise taxes on Montgomery County citizens, because he does not pay taxes.
Interestingly, Metts listed 7560 Metts Road in Cleveland as his home address. The Montgomery Central Appraisal District does not list that property on its appraisal rolls. If JP James Metts owns that property, he is enjoying that ownership without any payment of property taxes.
Metts cannot work full-time as a JP, even though he receives a $126,000 per year annual salary, plus County benefits, because he has two other full time jobs. Metts listed that he works in the “forest products” business. He also listed ownership of Sweetie Pies, a flower shop and restaurant in Splendora.
With no real estate and no assets, of course, neither the IRS nor Mustang Property could seize property from Metts very easily in order to collect the more than $250,000 he owes.
Doyal reveals continuing partnership with Halff’s Adams (although he didn’t disclose it that way)
In his February 12, 2018, financial statement, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal showed that he no longer is a co-owner of WS&G, which was a company Doyal and his best friend and business partner Bobby Jack Adams, owned together. Adams is the regional vice president of Halff Associates, the engineering firm with the lucrative TX 249 contract. Doyal has consistently voted to approve the contract and to approve payments to Adams’ firm on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court.
Doyal has tried to fool voters into believing that he no longer is in business with Adams. On his financial statement, however, Doyal did disclose that he continues to own a 10% stake in Superall Environmental, of which Adams is one of the co-owners as well. Doyal and Adams, of course, play golf together regularly, although that far more time-consuming relationship did not appear on Doyal’s personal financial statement.
As a government employee, Doyal has accumulated quite a bit of wealth, especially on the high Montgomery County government salaries for members of the Commissioners Court. Doyal owns quite a bit of stock and mutual funds, two homes in Montgomery County, a farm in Fayette County, Tennessee, and some promissory notes.
Government service has been no sacrifice for Doyal who has found many lucrative business deals through those contacts.
Keough’s mundane financial statement
As reform Republican County Judge candidate Mark Keough has often mentioned, he owns two homes in Montgomery County. Keough owns a house in The Woodlands and a condominium on Lake Conroe near Willis.
Keough owns some stock and also holds some promissory notes. Keough owns a portion of a ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.