Conroe, November 11 – Former Montgomery County Treasurer Martha Gustavsen, one of the most revered people in Montgomery County government during the past fifty years, called upon Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal “to stop the vindictive firings of County Employees” specifically in reference to the November 13, 2018, Commissioners Court agenda item where Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley intend to conduct a “performance review” of County Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw. Doyal included Shaw as one of the people on his infamous “Hit List” of County government employees he wants to terminate for their political opposition to Doyal.
Gustavsen, who retired as Montgomery County Treasurer in 2013, issued the following statement on social media at 2:21 p.m., Sunday, November 11:
“It’s time to stop the vindictive firings of County Employees by lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal. I urge all fired and ‘forced out’ county employees to speak up!”
Doyal has tried to blame Riley for placing the item on the Agenda, but, in fact, Doyal urged Riley to do so. Riley has a bizarre belief that Shaw has something to do with the ongoing Montgomery County Grand Jury criminal investigation of Riley, which this newspaper reported on November 1, 2018. Please see “Riley’s Precinct 2 Commissioner’s Office In Disarray, As He Seeks Retribution Against Employees, Faces New Montgomery County Grand Jury Investigation.”
Doyal, Riley, and local political boss Marc Davenport are also currently under criminal indictment for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Over the past three weeks Riley has forced out four employees in his Precinct 2 Commissioner Office by telling them he would fire them unless they resigned. Riley also demoted another employee. All of those employees had supported popular conservative Gregory Parker in the May 22 Republican Runoff Election.