Image: Precinct 4 Montgomery County Constable Rowdy Hayden (right) faces a 6-month suspension for submitting false government records to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. At the June 25, 2019, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts (left) moved to throw Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed off of the so-called County government “ethics committee” for Reed’s daring to criticize Hayden’s ethics. The Commissioners Court took a strong stand against ethics in government and tossed Reed off of the committee.
Conroe, July 23 – At the June 25, 2019, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 Commissioner Mike Meador issued their message loud and clear: they will absolutely not tolerate ethical behavior in the Montgomery County government. After Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed criticized the unethical conduct of Metts’ political buddy Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden, who faces a six-month suspension of his peace officer license for submitting a false government record to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE), Metts, Riley, and Meador booted Reed off of the County government’s “ethics committee,” a powerless body, because, as Metts explained, “…I believed I had confidence in him that he would make good decisions and he would be unethical in anything to come before him on the committee. I no longer have that confidence.”
That Reed was ethical with respect to County government behavior was absolutely unacceptable to Metts, Riley, and Meador. By a 3 to 2 vote, with Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge,” dissenting, the “unethical” three got rid of a young man of unimpeachable ethics and integrity, Reagan Reed.
The whole scene before the Commissioners Court was nothing short of disgusting. Metts and Riley brought with them a group of their sleaziest political supporters to demand Reed’s removal, because they wouldn’t tolerate ethics in the Montgomery County government. At the same time, almost three dozen conservative citizens spoke to the Commissioners Court, to the extent Keough wouldn’t cut them off, in support of Reed and his ethical work.
Metts, Riley, and Meador and outright anti-ethics liberals who seek Big Government unfettered by inconvenient rules such as ethical principles.
The whole scene must have embarrassed Hayden enormously. His suspension for submitting a false government record resulted in the removal of an ethical person from the Montgomery County ethics committee in the most public of manners. Metts certainly was a bright source of embarrassment for East Montgomery County which he supposedly represents.
The Golden Hammer‘s rating system follows the Platform of the Republican Party of Texas.
The Golden Hammer‘s ratings measure Commissioners Court votes that affect spending in comparison to the provisions of the Republican Party of Texas Platform. Points are good. The number of points depends upon the amount of money involved in each vote.
The Commissioners Court, all of whom claim to be Republicans, violated the Republican Party Platform on almost every vote during the March 26 meeting. They violated Plank 144 in particular, which provides:
“144. Government Spending: Government Spending is out of control at the federal, state, and local levels, and action is needed.”
The editorial staff of this newspaper sincerely hopes that Plank 144 is simple enough that even the members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court might understand it.
Commissioners Court meeting, June 25, 2019, 9:30 a.m. All Court members were physically present. Only two members – Keough and Noack – brought their morality with them.
Vote #1 – Removal of Reagan Reed from the Montgomery County ethics commission. Major vote. 25 points. This vote clearly revealed the reason that Montgomery County is the “most corrupt County government in Texas.” With three of the five members of the Commissioners Court demanding “unethical” conduct by public officials, clearly the Montgomery County government can do little but spiral downward. Metts receives a 1,000 point deduction for his unethical, immoral, and obnoxious behavior. Riley and Meador each receive 500 point deductions. Both Noack and Keough stood for ethics and for the right of a citizen to engage in Free Speech, even if that speech is critical of the behavior of a political crony of some politicians. They each receive 1,000 point bonuses.
Bizarre Justice Court votes
Vote #2 – The Commissioners Court voted to approve a $22,000 request “for various charges including conference, kiosk,s, & monitors” for the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Court. The backup materials were largely missing and failed to provide an explanation for a number of the charges. A citizen attempted to make a comment in accordance with the Commissioners Court’s citizen comment procedures. Keough seemed more interested in secrecy and preventing discussion, so he disallowed the citizen from speaking until after the Commissioners Court voted on the measure. Keough receives a 250 point deduction for this autocratic and irrational behavior. 10 points. “No” vote appropriate. Passed unanimously without discussion.
Vote #3 – The Commissioners Court refused and failed to discuss an internal audit of Montgomery County Treasurer Melanie Pryor Bush which raised serious questions about her payroll procedures. “No” vote appropriate. Passed unanimously without a care in the world. Major vote. 25 points.
Squandering millions of County tax dollars without scrutiny or discussion
Vote #4 – Citizens learned two weeks later that terminated Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin and disgraced former County Judge Craig Doyal used to utilize budget amendments throughout the Fiscal Year to hide how large the actual budget the Commissioners Court passed was. In other words, they intentionally removed tens of millions of dollars of budget items from the budget, knowing they’d have to amend the budget later in the Fiscal Year.
With that knowledge, the Commissioners Court simply should not ever pass budget amendments without follow the notice and hearing procedures required under the Texas Local Government Code. Nevertheless, the Commissioners Court voted to approve twenty-one (21) budget amendments without any review, discussion, or consideration. “No” vote appropriate. Major vote. 25 points.
Vote #5 – The Commissioners Court spent over $3.5 million on purchasing decisions. Without discussion, they re-approved the contract of John Holzwarth, the engineer who is a buddy of Meador’s, who duplicates the duties of the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office. Purchasing decisions – or really the complete lack of oversight from the Commissioners – is costing Montgomery County taxpayers many tens of millions of dollars per year. Major vote. 25 points. “No” vote appropriate. Each of 4 votes passed unanimously, for total of 100 points.
Vote #6 – They spent $8,795,076.87 without any investigation, oversight, or discussion. Major vote 25 points. “No” vote appropriate. Passed unanimously.
Vote #7 – Payroll change requests. No discussion, no deliberation, no analysis. “No” vote appropriate. 5 points. Passed unanimously.
Library Advisory Board
Vote #8 – The Commissioners Court approved the nomination of Tillia Liles to the Montgomery County Memorial Library System Advisory Board. The Court had no discussion and the approval of Liles’ nomination came without any knowledge whatsoever of Liles or whether she reflects community values. In actuality, Liles is a retired bureaucrat from the Montgomery County government. “No” vote appropriate. 5 points. Passed unanimously.
Vote # 9 – The new County Engineer has requested giving promotions to two individuals which would cost taxpayers $8,000 in increased salaries for the remainder of the Fiscal Year. Noack opposed the mid-year raises. 10 points. “No” vote appropriate. Passed four to one with Noack dissenting.
Steve Leakey, who runs an organization with the name Voter Awareness Council, the purpose of which is to promote liberal democrats and prevent conservative activists from campaigning, spoke in favor of starting “voting centers” in Montgomery County, which would allow for greater voter fraud on election days by allowing Leakey’s liberal allies to bus large groups of illegal voters to the polls more easily.
One of the mainstays against voter fraud in Texas elections is the ability of Voting Precinct officials to recognize voters and prevent individuals who clearly come from outside of the community from voting. Leakey wants to defeat conservatives any way he can, even if he has to cheat.
Ratings for Commissioners Court meeting, June 25, 2019:
KEOUGH 775/230. Grade A+.
MEADOR -500/230. Grade F.
RILEY -500/230. Grade F.
NOACK 1,035/230. Grade A+.
METTS -1,000/230. Grade F.
The following are the cumulative scores for Fiscal Year 2019, which began October 1, 2018.
KEOUGH 4,783/4,106. Grade A+.
MEADOR -642/4,418. Grade F.
RILEY -2,412/4,418. Grade F.
NOACK 2,553/4,419. Grade F.
METTS -177/4,106. Grade F.
The citizens must remain vigilant.