New Caney, January 19 – During the past two work weeks, Precinct 4 JP James Metts has only shown up in court once time for 83 minutes, according to court personnel who spoke with The Golden Hammer on the condition of anonymity. Metts only keeps his County office open four days per week, Mondays through Thursdays.
On Thursday, January 18, Metts announced on Facebook that he would keep his office open on Friday, January 19, 2018. There are two telling aspects of Metts’ announcement of the Friday opening of his office. First, Metts showed pictures of two locations in his Facebook post. One was a photograph of the Montgomery County Courthouse in Conroe. The other was a photograph of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands. Apparently, Metts does not know where his office is located or what it looks like. The entire Facebook post is at the bottom of this article.
Second, Metts explained that “clerks will be available to process any payments” when his office was open on Friday, January 19. In other words, Metts himself had no intention whatsoever of working on a Friday. Why would he? He rarely works for the County on Monday through Thursday either.
Metts’ staff members have informed this newspaper that Metts was only in court and at his office one day during the past two weeks. On Thursday, January 18, 2018, Metts’ court had a criminal docket all day. Metts did not attend the docket for his own court.
Three members of Metts’ staff who all enjoy their jobs due to nepotism or other special relationships rarely work while they are in the office. For several days, Metts’ girlfriend Diane Rogers (Juvenile Coordinator), Jerry Sue Hayden who is Constable Rowdy Hayden’s mother, and Jane Metts Landers who is Metts’ cousin have just sat talking with each other each day until around 1 p.m. Rogers has usually left during the afternoons in order to attend to the operations of Sweetie Pie’s, the restaurant Rogers and Judge Metts own together.
Don’t worry, however; Rogers, Hayden, and Landers have all continued to collect their County salaries and benefits despite the fact that they rarely work on County business.
The employees who actually do sit in Metts’ office to do some work and who have spoken to The Golden Hammer do not know what Metts does during the day. On those rare occasions when Metts has appeared in the office to talk with his employees, Metts often mentions that he does some logging business and also “takes time to get some relaxation in.”