Conroe, April 27 – Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador’s bizarre votes on the Commissioners Court on December 19, 2017, and on April 24, 2018, raise the question: has Mike Meador become a warrior for sexual predators? You decide.
December 12, 2017
At the Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting on December 12, 2017, the Court voted 4 votes in favor and 1 vote against to authorize an expenditure of approximately $2,000 for the Adult Probation Department to provide meals and snacks for individuals who were performing community service for the County government as part of their criminal sentences. Approximately one-eight, or $250, of those funds were for individuals who had been convicted of sexual predator crimes.
Ron Leach, the Director of the Adult Probation program for Montgomery County, recommended the expenditure, particularly for sexual predators, because he didn’t want those individuals going off-campus for lunch out in the community while they were on County time doing community service work. Leach explained a concern for potential liability of the County government if a sexual predator mingled with children while getting lunch or a snack during the community service time period.
Only Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack voted “NO” to the proposed expenditure. Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, however, voted “YES” in favor of providing snacks and other food for individuals, including sexual predators, performing community service.
April 24, 2018
On April 24, 2018, Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth “Rowdy” Hayden, Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable, and three officers who direct the Internet Crimes Against Children (“ICAC”) Task Force appeared before the Commissioners Court on another issue, where the result wasn’t particularly surprising, but Commissioner Mike Meador’s vote was positively shameful.
Constable Hayden told the Commissioners Court:
“Commissioners, I’m going to speak to you about an ICAC – Internet Crimes Against Children – unit that did an operation on March 21st, 2018. During this operation, officers communicate online and subsequently arrested individuals who were subsequently preying on the children of our community. These criminals were committed to unspeakable sexual crimes against our children.
“During this operation, the officers of the ICAC Task Force worked about 10 hours straight. They had no time to leave for lunch or take a meal break. So to keep them working a supervisor went and bought them lunch. Later, that supervisor submitted an invoice for $33.78 to the County for reimbursement. On April 6, that reimbursement request was denied…
“So this Court’s position is to pay for food and snacks for sex offenders but to pay for the food for the members of the ICAC Task Force that were engaged in an operation to take these predators off our street…This offends me, Commissioners.”
Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark interjected, “It offends me as well.”
“I believe all law enforcement is offended by this.”
Clark said, “I have no control over that, but if I had control, I would have gladly approved that.”
“The $33 is a small item. It’s a bigger issue that I’m here on.”
County Auditor Phyllis Martin, also known as the “Grand Duchess,” explained that County policy states that meal reimbursements can’t occur unless there’s overnight travel involved. She further explained that the reimbursement would have to be included as an income for the officers who receive such reimbursements which would add to their income tax liability. (!!!) Martin spoke for almost a full minute on this ridiculous policy.
Noack said, “I’m glad you brought this issue to our attention. I’m embarrassed that it’s perceived that more value is placed on the perpetrators than the good men and women locking them up. That’ wasn’t intentional…”
“It’s not the $33. I’ve got the $33 in my pocket to pay it. Citizens have been coming out of the woodwork to reimburse them. Even a private citizen who’s been a taxpayer since he was 6 offered to pay for this…The bigger issue is when you voted to provide the meals and snacks for sex offenders. That brought this to light.”
The County Commissioners Court then voted four (4) to one (1) to pay for the reimbursement to the ICAC officers in the amount of $33.78 for the lunch.
Yes, there was a County Commissioner who voted AGAINST paying for the lunch for the ICAC officers who are working to take sexual predators threatening children off the streets: MIKE MEADOR!
Amazingly, Commissioner Meador voted to pay for meals for convicted sexual predators, while he voted against reimbursing ICAC police officers fighting to take those sexual predators of this community’s children off the streets.