Image: With the millions of dollars the Montgomery County government pays engineer John Holzwarth, this photograph is a likely depiction of his master bathroom constructed with the citizens’ money.
Conroe, November 21 – The life of opulence goes to anyone fortunate to give the right political contributions to the right politicians inside of the Montgomery County government, the most corrupt County government in Texas. Engineer John Holzwarth has “greased” the wheels of government almost every campaign finance reporting period with standard contributions between $2,000 and $5,000 to Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and to three of the Montgomery County Commissioners (Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark).
Holzwarth’s “investments” have paid off nicely. Yesterday, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court awarded Holzwarth two contracts in the amount of $946,800. What is particularly appalling about the two contracts is that Holzwarth is not providing design work or construction.
“The Golden Hammer Award” for “hammering the taxpayers” went to Clark, Doyal, Meador, Riley, and County Engineering Mark Mooney yesterday. Observers glimpsed Clark walking out of the Sadler Administration Building with “The Golden Hammer” after the Commissioners Court meeting.
Rather, Holzwarth is merely to “assist the County with management of design consultants, surveying, and mapping…”, to “provide Construction Management and Inspection Services…”, and to “provide other related services as needed” for the Sorters Road and Old Houston Road bond projects. Very clearly what Holzwarth will provide at a very dear cost to the taxpayers are precisely the services that citizens pay County Commissioners to perform.
While County Commissioners are not necessarily to provide design or construction services directly, it’s their job to manage design consultants, surveyors, mappers, and to provide construction management and inspection services. When they can’t perform those services due to the specific technical nature of the particular job, the Montgomery County Engineer, Mark Mooney, who receives the tenth highest salary of any employee in the entire County government.
Mooney takes $167,166.15, plus benefits of approximately $67,367.96, for total annual payment of $234,534.11.