Conroe, January 20 – Montgomery County Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw, a member of County Judge Craig Doyal’s “Hit List” of political enemies, placed all of the backup information for the “payroll change requests” on the January 24, 2017, 9:30 a.m., Commissioners Court Agenda. The citizens of Montgomery County should thank Shaw for this important step towards transparency. Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador provided the information to Shaw, so the citizens should thank Meador for a first “baby step” towards open government. We should truly be thankful to both Shaw and Meador.
It is completely unacceptable that the January 24, 2017, Commissioners Court Agenda does not include at least the following information:
-County Judge Doyal’s proposed ethics policy
-County Judge Doyal’s intended appointment to LSGCD Board
-Full identification information AND EXPLANATIONS of the Budget Amendments, which the Commissioners Court should discuss in the open meeting.
Transparency in government is actually the law in the State of Texas, even though County Judge Craig Doyal and County Attorney J.D. Lambright are overseeing an internal campaign to close information to the public from the County government. Section 552.001 of the Texas Government Code provides:
It is the policy of this state that each person is entitled, unless otherwise expressly provided by law, at all times to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may retain control over the instruments they have created.