Conroe, December 9 – Montgomery County District Clerk Barbara Gladden Adamick will announce during the next two days that she will retire and not run for re-election as District Clerk in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, several sources inside the County government have confirmed. As revenge against her former chosen successor Melisa Miller, Adamick will endorse Cynthia Jamieson, who works for the Montgomery County Emergency Management Office and has never worked for the District Clerk’s Office.
Adamick and Jamieson held a secret meeting at a Mexican restaurant in Conroe on November 1, 2017, to discuss the arrangements, as several employees in Adamick’s office have confirmed.
Miller contends that Adamick had earlier encouraged Miller to run for District Clerk and told her that she intended to retire. Adamick told The Golden Hammer, “While I did encourage Melisa to start to attend Republican functions, I never told her that I was not going to run again in 2018. I’m disappointed in the way that Melisa handled this situation.”
Adamick’s dispute with the loyal Miller
Adamick admits she encouraged Miller to run. Several employees of the District Clerk’s Office have confirmed that Adamick told the employees that she intended to retire and would back Miller as her successor in early 2017. Miller, and two confidential sources inside the District Clerk’s Office, have told The Golden Hammer that Adamick did tell people inside the District Clerk’s Office that Adamick intended to retire and was endorsing Miller as her replacement. Adamick, of course, denies that.
Adamick changed her mind, however, after Miller openly announced Miller’s bid for the District Clerk position. Adamick then met with Miller on May 12, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. and told Miller that either Miller needed to withdraw her campaign or quit her job as Manager of the District Clerk’s office.
On June 19, 2017, Miller transferred to the County Clerk’s Office and took an $18,000 per year pay cut, effective June 30, 2017.
Miller worked for Adamick for 18 years. She is a 1996 graduate of Conroe High School. She rose to the position of Office Manager of the District Clerk, which was similar to a chief deputy position. After the dispute between Miller and Adamick arose, Miller became a deputy County Clerk, which is the position she now holds.
Adamick’s work hours during past years
During calendar year 2015, Adamick worked a total of 616.75 hours, which averages to less than three hours per day. During calendar year 2016, Adamick worked slightly longer hours of 808.5 hours. During calendar year 2017, Adamick has worked 614 hours, averaging approximately 3.1 hours per day. The statistical compilation by all eight employees rounded all time increments up to the nearest quarter hour. If Adamick attended an out-of-office conference, the employees credited her with a full 8 hour work day. The District Clerk’s Office is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. five days per week for a total of 45 hours per week.
One of the employees told The Golden Hammer, “Ms. Adamick abuses the privileges of her position for her own benefit. She is wrong to do this. The citizens are owed a public servant who is working for them, not taking advantage of them.”
The eight employees, along with four former employees of the District Clerk’s Office, confirmed that Adamick has worked comparable periods of time during the past nine years since her daughter was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. All of the eight employees made clear that, on a personal level, they like or even adore Adamick, but they find her work habits very disturbing.
The Montgomery County District Clerk’s Office has a case and file retrieval system that seems a bit more difficult to utilize than many other District Clerk’s Offices. The Harris County District Clerk’s Office has one of the most accessible file retrieval systems in Texas. Former Harris County District Clerk Loren Jackson designed and programmed that system himself, although he was defeated for re-election in a Republican sweep during a General Election.
For years, attorneys and litigants in Montgomery County have complained about the District Clerk’s computer system. It has greatly improved during the past two years, especially with the implementation of Tyler Technologies’ Odyssey system, an integrated system which the courts and the public utilize for all of the counts other than four of the Justice of the Peace courts, which still utilize an antiquated database system which is not available to the public at all.
Miller has argued that the District Clerk’s Office requires substantial reform, cost efficiency, and a move towards modern technology.
Establishment versus Reform