Conroe, July 9 – Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and County Engineer Mark Mooney have placed another one of those sneaky somewhat hidden items on the Commissioners Court agenda for the July 10, 2018, meeting, in an attempt to bring closure to the raw nepotism and political favoritism they’ve played with respect to the Craig Case, the son of recently-retired Building Maintenance Department Director Paul Case. The Building Maintenance Department has been one of the worst County government Departments for nepotism, but the Craig Case situation reached a new height of deceit against Montgomery County citizens.
Until the end of May, 2018, Paul Case was the Director of the Building Maintenance Department. Building Maintenance has one entire immediate family – father, mother, and son – work there, and recently included Bill Meador (Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s brother), Angela Ford (light bulb manager who is the daughter of Jule Puckett, Meador’s recently-retired grossly-overpaid secretary and best friend of Meador’s wife), and at least one other family. Case’s son, Craig, is a welder. His business card revealed that he worked at the office of the Building Maintenance Department, 19665 Airport Parkway, Conroe, Texas 77303.
Even though Craig Case worked at the Building Maintenance Department under the direct supervision of his father, Paul Case the Director, according the Case as well as several other employees inside of that Department who requested anonymity, Doyal tried to hide the nepotism by assigning Craig Case’s salary and employee designation to Mooney’s County Engineer Department.
Apparently, now that Paul Case has retired, Doyal and Mooney, knowing that Doyal’s days as County Judge are numbered (the countdown is 176 days!), have decided formally to place Craig Case under the Building Maintenance Department which is where Case worked the entire time he’s enjoyed his $91,000 annual salary. Case does not hold an HVAC license with the State of Texas, so his only qualifications to serve as “HVAC/Controls Manager” for the Montgomery County government are that he was a nepotistic hire as his father’s son and that he’s a welder.
As this newspaper has previously reported, Case’s work habits are particularly weak. Craig Case often spends as much as three business hours per day sitting in his truck the Building Maintenance Department parking lot, according to one source inside of Doyal’s office and seven employees in the Building Maintenance Department who requested anonymity.
The manner in which Doyal and Mooney are finally transferring Craig Case to the true department for which he has always worked constitutes outright deceit on two levels. Here’s the manner in which they’ve included the agenda item for the July 10 meeting:
“CONSIDER AND APPROVE TRANSFERRING HVAC & CONTROLS COORDINATOR POSITION 600-6901-1 AND ASSOCIATED SALARY AND BENEFITS TO BUILDING MAINTENANCE, POSITION 510-6901-1. TO BE FUNDED BY CONTINGENCY.”
It’s important to note that Doyal and Mooney didn’t even mention the name of employee number 6909 (Craig Case) in Department 600 (County Engineer). They’re still trying to pull that fast one over the taxpayers.
Nevertheless, the agenda item raises another important issue, which is endemic to the out-of-control spending in the Montgomery County government. If Doyal and Mooney propose merely transferring Craig Case with his “associated salary and benefits” from one Department to the other, there is no reason that the funding for the salary and benefits for this nepotistic – and unnecessary – employee should come from the contingency fund. By taking that approach, Doyal and the Commissioners Court would boost the budget of the County Engineer by keeping the salary and benefits there while drawing Craig Case’s salary under Building Maintenance from the contingency fund.
In other words, Doyal and Mooney propose to increase County government spending in the process of this unethical transfer of a nepotistic employee from the Department under which he was hiding to the true Department where he’s always enjoyed employment. The County taxpayers take this proposed move on the chin on both counts, since Doyal and Mooney aren’t just using a budget amendment to decrease the budget of the County Engineer Department and to increase the budget of Ground Zero for Nepotism, the Building Maintenance Department.