Image: Lindsey’s father, County Judge Craig Doyal.
Conroe, March 18 – Nepotism involving County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter has controlled major decisions in the County Treasurer’s Department, despite some direct mis-statements of fact which Doyal and the County Treasurer made during a presentation in Commissioners Court on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
Doyal directly asked County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, 11 minutes and 51 seconds into her presentation, “This [reorganization] in no way affects my daughter [Lindsey Doyal, who works for Davenport, in the Treasurer’s Department] who has been there since 2010?” Davenport answered, “Correct, it doesn’t. No.”
Both Doyal’s statement of facts within his question and Davenport’s affirmation of those facts were false. Here’s what actually happened, and it’s a case study in how nepotism works. The reader should recall that Doyal was the Precinct 2 County Commissioner until December 31, 2014. On January 1, 2015, Doyal was sworn in as Montgomery County Judge.
It is true that Lindsey Davenport came to work as an administrative assistant in the County Treasurer’s Department in 2010. Martha Gustavsen was County Treasurer at the time. Of course, Lindsey’s father was a County Commissioner. Gustavsen retired as County Treasurer on June 30, 2013. The Commissioner’s Court replaced her with Stephanne Davenport effective July 1, 2013.
On July 15, 2013, in accordance with a Commissioners Court motion that then-Commissioner Craig Doyal seconded and for which he voted, Lindsey Doyal received a pay raise and a new job as an administrative assistant working under the supervision of Mark Bosma, the Director of Infrastructure. Bosma told The Golden Hammer that his office staff had recommended Lindsey Doyal for the job because they knew her, as she had worked in the Treasurer’s Department at the time of the payroll change. During that time period, Bosma’s Infrastructure operation was a “super-department” that oversaw the County’s Building Maintenance, Purchasing, Airport, Civic Center, Environmental Health and Permitting, Community Development, and Custodial Maintenance Departments.
Things didn’t work out so well for Lindsey Doyal in the Infrastructure Department working for Bosma. First, Bosma was a workaholic who required Lindsey Doyal to work quite hard. She didn’t enjoy those aspects of the position, according to four current employees of those various departments who spoke to The Golden Hammer on conditions of anonymity. Second, Bosma announced on October 11, 2013, that he was running for County Judge to replace the retiring Alan B. Sadler. Bosma’s main opponent in that electoral contest was none other than Craig Doyal, County Commissioner and Lindsey Doyal’s father.
Here are the major facts that Stephanne Davenport and Craig Doyal failed to disclose to the citizens and to the Commissioners Court.
On January 27, 2014, Craig Doyal seconded and voted for a motion in the Commissioner’s Court to demote the long-serving Patricia Reaves, from the position of Payroll Coordinator to a lower paying position of Administrative Assistant. At the same time, Doyal seconded and voted for increasing the salary again of his daughter Lindsey Doyal and promoting Lindsey Doyal to the position of Payroll Coordinator from which Doyal and County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport had removed Reaves!
At the March 14, 2017, Commissioners Court hearing, Commissioner Charlie Riley, known for the “Riley Nepotism 2-Step,” asked Davenport in a manner that made it apparent that the question was carefully scripted, “Did you hire them [the Treasurer Department’s current employees]?” Davenport then falsely answered, “No. I inherited them.”
In fact, in January, 2014, Davenport hired Lindsey Doyal back from the Infrastructure Department, gave Lindsey Doyal a raise, demoted a long-term employee Patricia Reaves from her job as Payroll Coordinator, and then gave that job to Lindsey Doyal instead. Today, Lindsey Doyal remains Patricia Reaves’ boss, although numerous county employees have also confirmed, on conditions of anonymity, that Reaves actually performs the payroll functions for Montgomery County.
In an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer on February 19, 2017, Davenport stated, “By definition, nepotism is an abuse of power. Nepotism does not occur in my department. Yes, I house the daughter of the County Judge. However, the County Judge does not interfere with the day to day operations of my employees.”
The Golden Hammer could not reach Stephanne Davenport for comment. Around 30 minutes after this article originally posted, Davenport posted on Facebook, “I will address this in the next Commissioners Court.”
Stephanne Davenport and Craig Doyal have some serious explaining to do.