Image: Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal (right) with political consultant Marc Davenport (left).
Conroe, March 29 – While directly violating Montgomery County’s Employee Policy Manual, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and his “chief of staff” jim fredricks chased away the best Director in the history of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Charles W. Jackson, who turned in his resignation earlier today. Three confidential sources have confirmed the events described in this story.
Jackson has declined to comment, although he has confirmed that he resigned as Animal Shelter Director and that his last day on the job will be April 14, 2017, only 134 days after he began on the job and performed downright miracles at the Animal Shelter. The live release rate for animals coming into the Shelter has exceeded 95%. Employee morale and customer service are skyrocketing. Cleanliness and animal conditions are at an all-time-high.
Then Craig Doyal and jim fredricks entered the picture…
Secret March 24, 2017, Meeting
Doyal and his “chief of staff” fredricks, who oversees a staff of 2 secretaries, called Jackson into Doyal’s office for a meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 2017. Behind the mostly-closed-doors of Doyal’s ornate office, Doyal and fredricks violated the County’s Employee Policy Manual by confronting Jackson. Under Section 2.10 of the Employee Manual, any complaints against an employee must go through the Director of the Human Resources Department, Dodi Shaw, a member of Doyal’s “Hit List” with whom Doyal and fredricks have recently sparred over Doyal’s staunch attempt to garner promotion for his daughter, Lindsey Doyal, to the higher-paying position of Assistant County Treasurer. As Shaw outlined in a detailed letter to Doyal and the members of the Commissioners Court on February 13, Shaw and her Assistant Director Kathy Flowers objected to the nepotism of the proposed Lindsey Doyal promotion, which resulted in several confrontational meetings involving fredricks, Lindsey Doyal, Flowers, Shaw, Doyal, and County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport.
Section 2.10 of the Employee Policy Manual sets Shaw and the Human Resources Department as the only appropriate locale for employee complaints about any other employees. Private businesses also limit complaints to the Human Resources Department so that such matters may receive orderly and calm-minded treatment.
Doyal and fredricks, who are both far more interested in playing politics than doing right for the County, took matters into their own hands with the ultimate result that they have chased away the Animal Shelter “rock star” Jackson who resigned only four days after their meeting.
On Friday, March 24, Doyal and fredricks sat Jackson down and told Jackson that they had received complaints from current and former employees of the Animal Shelter that Jackson made some decisions to terminate certain employees because he is allegedly a “racist,” a “homophobe,” a “bigot,” and someone who discriminates based upon people’s “religious preferences.” Jackson squarely denied the allegations and asked Doyal and fredricks to produce any evidence of such discriminatory conduct by him.
Doyal and fredricks refused to provide any evidence – written or verbal – to Jackson.
Doyal’s Hyper Politics: Mentioning “Hit List” member James Noack
Nevertheless, Doyal and fredricks then asked Jackson whether any “outside source” had caused him to make any “hiring or firing decisions.” Jackson replied “No, sir.” Then Doyal and fredricks further confronted Jackson, “Did Commissioner James Noack influence any of your hiring or firing decisions? Did Noack cause you to discriminate against people?” Jackson again replied, “No, sir, he did not.”
The Golden Hammer has confirmed that there have been no actions taken in the County’s Human Resource sDepartment against Jackson nor have there been any official complaints opened against Jackson.
Four days later, today, Jackson officially announced his resignation as an employee of Montgomery County with his last day on the job to be April 14, 2017.
Doyal and fredricks had absolutely no business whatsoever sticking their noses into such matters with Jackson. Those are serious allegations with which they confronted him. They turned them into a political witch hunt. Doyal and fredricks abused their power and their hyper political control of all County Departments in violation of the Article V, Section 18, of the Texas Constitution, which squarely places such management and control in the entire County Commissioners Court.
Jackson is the most popular and successful Animal Shelter Director in Montgomery County government history. Doyal’s hatred of his political nemesis, Commissioner James Noack, obviously drove Doyal off the managerial deep end.
If there were any proof of any of the allegations, then a trained human resources professional, such as Dodi Shaw, should have discussed those matters with Jackson, not a bunch of politicians seeking recrimination against their supposed “enemies.”
The citizens, the taxpayers, the animal-caring community, and the animals themselves will pay a very, very dear price for this hyper political, power-crazed County Judge with whom this community must suffer.