Conroe and Magnolia, October 15 – Local businessman and longtime Republican Party activist Brian Dawson called for Precinct County Commissioner Charlie Riley to resign this afternoon after Riley’s use of Montgomery County property and Magnolia Independent School District property for a campaign kickoff event yesterday has come to light.
Dawson issued the following statement:
“With the release of the video of Commissioner Charlie Riley utilizing public property for campaign use this weekend; because of Commissioner Riley currently being under indictment; because of his continued use of county property for personal and campaign purposes; because he made the motion to create a position in county government to employ a family member; because he has publicly argued he should be able to accept cash donations at his office with no oversite; and given he terminated an employee for similar actions, I call for Commissioner Riley to follow his own lead in this matter and resign immediately as Commissioner of Montgomery County Precinct 2.
“It is time we restore the people’s faith in local government and their leaders. It is clear this cannot begin to happen with Commissioner Riley in office. Further, I will continue to make ethics a priority of both my campaign and my position as an elected official.”
Dawson is running against Riley in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election for Commissioner, Precinct 2.
Dawson’s mention of Riley’s termination of “an employee for similar actions” is particularly interesting. Riley terminated his long time associate Melissa Goetz in March, 2012, after Riley claimed to have discovered that she was using a computer, computer printer, and other County equipment and property at her home for the purpose of working on then-County Commissioner Craig Doyal’s campaign.
During the afternoon after Riley terminated Goetz, he received a telephone call from his boss, County Commissioner (now Judge) Craig Doyal who summoned Riley out to his truck parked in front of the Commissioner’s barn. Doyal and Riley engaged in a heated argument during which Riley told Doyal that he would resign as an employee of Montgomery County. Riley then left.
The next morning Doyal convinced Riley to change his mind when Doyal agreed to sign the termination as Goetz’s official boss. Officially, Riley and Doyal terminated Goetz on March 14, 2012, as follows: “…the severity of the offense is so serious that this level of discipline [termination] is appropriate…It just came to my attention that on or about January 9, 2012, you returned a [county] printer to the office which you admitted using to prepare campaign materials [for Doyal’s political campaign!]…”
Having taken those positions with Goetz, Riley would seem to be in quite a difficult position now.