Image: Entry from Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts’ Campaign Finance Report, which he filed on January 15, 2019, with the Montgomery County Elections Administrator, showing a $5,000.00 payment to his girlfriend, Diane “Sweetie Pie” Rogers, for “Consulting Expense.”
New Caney and Conroe, January 24 – Poor D.S*. Look at what she missed out on by refusing to have sex with James Metts even after he threatened to hit her inside a County office, if she wouldn’t do so, when he was Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, according to the official Findings of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, dated February 3, 2009.
(*Name abbreviated to protect the innocent.)
According to the Campaign Finance Report, which Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts filed on January 15, 2019, with the Montgomery County Elections Administrator, Metts paid his live-in girlfriend Dianne Rogers $5,000.00 for “Consulting Expense” out of his campaign contribution funds. Rogers is a nice lady but she has no background in “campaign consulting,” according to two individuals inside of Metts’ office and one person who works in the Precinct 4 JP office, who spoke with The Golden Hammer on the condition of anonymity.
Metts has a history of giving his girlfriend Rogers plush jobs, plus positions, and a lot of other people’s money. In fact, he uses other people’s money – usually the taxpayers – for many of his personal issues.
When Metts was the Precinct 4 JP, he put Rogers into the position of Juvenile Coordinator with a salary of $43,609.36, with County government benefits of approximately $17,574,57, for total compensation of $61,203.93. Rogers reported directly to her boyfriend Metts, while the taxpayers paid her.
As Juvenile Coordinator, Rogers received full-time pay but rarely worked more than half a day for the four days per week Metts kept his JP office open. Rogers left the office every day around mid-day to manage and operate her and Metts’ restaurant and flower shop, Sweetie Pie’s, in Splendora, which Metts shows on his annual financial statement filing he owns as a 50% partner.
When Metts became the Precinct 4 County Commissioner on January 1, 2019, he moved Rogers to the Administrator position in the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s Office to receive a whopping salary of $81,357.64 salary and benefits of $32,787.13, for total compensation of $114,144.77. Once again, Rogers reports directly to her live-in boyfriend Metts and continues to work the part-time hours she worked when Metts was a JP.
Metts paid the $5,000 “Consulting Expense” to his live-in girlfriend and partner on October 31, 2018. The address shown for Rogers is actually where her brother lives.
Rogers lives full-time with Metts.
Texas Election Code Section 253.035 provides “A person who accepts a political contribution as a candidate or officeholder may not convert the contribution to personal use.” Section 22.17 of the Texas Ethics Commission Rules also prohibits such use of campaign contributions. Several Official Opinions of the Ethics Commission make clear that any payment for personal or household expenses is illegal.
During the reporting period from July 1, 2018, to December 31, 2018, Metts spent $17,096.92. His payment to his girlfriend, Rogers, was, by far, his largest expenditure during the reporting period.
Metts also paid $500.00 on July 10, 2018, to the Family of Felons who write a pro-Metts blog and live in a school bus in Splendora. He used campaign contributions for that payment as well.
As for Metts using other people’s money, it’s important to remember that the D.S. sexual harassment lawsuit that she filed in federal court went to a settlement only after Montgomery County taxpayers – not Metts – paid her $45,000 to bring the lawsuit to an end.
Metts did not return telephone calls seeking comment.