The Woodlands, February 7 – Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark have jointly submitted a request that the February 14, 2017, County Commissioners Court agenda include an item to “Consider, Discuss and take action on returning county administrative/management structures back under the entire court.”
“I believe this is a positive move and one that is necessary to keep the integrity of the court’s actions intact,” said Commissioner Clark. “With the increased and intense scrutiny the court is receiving at this time, my belief is that my vote is a voice for the people that elected me to make the best decisions for Montgomery County. We may not always agree and that’s OK-these important decisions need to be made by the entire court.”
On Jan. 26, 2015, the court approved in a 4-1 vote to, “approve a Resolution supporting the need for the Montgomery County Judge to reorganize departments that report to Commissioners Court.” Since that time, County Departments have devolved into secrecy, mismanagement, massive nepotism, out-of-control salary practices, and inefficient program management.
Art. V, Sec. 18 of the Texas Constitution states, “The court shall exercise powers over county business as provided by law.” Commissioner Noack believes the Court should follow the Texas Constitution explicitly. “Though the opportunity to delegate authority may be permitted, it is not wise. The people elected me as commissioner to be able to make these types of decisions pursuant to the Texas Constitution and statutes and when the court approved this egregious resolution they robbed the power from the people of Montgomery County,” said Commissioner Noack. “Delegating these responsibilities to just one sole authority has created a dictator on our court.”
On the Wednesdays and Thursdays before each Commissioners Court the following week, County Judge Craig Doyal has begun to engage in the practice of holding secret, non-public, meetings with representatives of the Commissioners Court and certain County Department heads to discuss agenda items, so that public disclosure of the full merits or deliberations does not occur, as it should, in the open Commissioners Court meeting the following week. Therefore, it is questionable whether Noack’s and Clark’s requested agenda item will survive Doyal’s “procedure.”