Image: Left to right, lazy JP James Metts, disgraced Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport who lost her re-election bid in a landslide in the March 6 Republican Primary Election, and corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport.
New Caney, April 19 – James Metts’ Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Court is a total mess, according to three of his employees who have requested anonymity and one administrative employee in the Precinct 4 Constable Office right next door. Metts rarely shows up for work. His girlfriend, Diane Rogers, who reports directly to Metts as a County employee, work less than part-time while receiving full-time pay. At least one other employee runs a business out of the JP court and doesn’t have to hide it, because one of her customers is Metts.
Metts clearly has enormous difficulty managing 14 employees with a budget of $915,000. One can only imagine how badly he would operate the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s Office (for which he’s running) which has an $8,089,407 annual budget with 60 employees.
Of course, Metts rarely shows up for work. Metts’ JP court in New Caney has only held a juvenile docket twice during the entire calendar year 2018. His first cousin Jane Metts Landers and his girlfriend Diane Rogers run the docket for him. Metts only works in the court for about an hour-and-a-half for each docket.
Metts has made his civil small claims and eviction docket wait for when he has felt like working. Metts held no civil dockets during January or February, and only appeared once as the judge during March. So far in April, Metts has held two civil dockets. In total, Metts has held three civil and eviction dockets during all of 2018. In contrast, all of the other Justice Courts hold at least two civil dockets each week in Montgomery County.
When Metts has a civil docket, he requires the parties and attorneys to appear in the courtroom at 9 a.m. Metts, however, usually spends at least two hours eating breakfast in his girlfriend Diane’s office on those rare occasions when Metts actually shows up for work. As a result Metts’ civil docket usually begins at least an hour and a quarter late.
Metts receives $126,989 in salary from County taxpayers for his sloth.
The situation is quite a bit worse, however, in the Precinct 4 JP Office.
Metts’ girlfriend Diane Rogers, with whom Metts is a 50-50 owners of Sweetie Pie’s restaurant and flower shop in Splendora, receives $42,340 in salary from the Montgomery County government. Rogers, however, leaves the JP office every day before 11 a.m. Some days Rogers does not show up for work at all. Of course, on those days when her boyfriend Metts decides to show up, which is unusual, Rogers sits and has breakfast for a couple of hours with him in her office.
Metts himself is busy running his logging company and managing the contract he has with the Texas Department of Transportation to provide clearing services for the TX 249 Tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway. No wonder that Metts has refused to sign the “anti-tollroad pledge.”
Metts’ laziness has been quite beneficial for one County employee, Dora Garcia, who works in the JP office. Garcia runs a car title transfer business out of the County JP office in New Caney where she provides service to private customers. Garcia often has to leave the JP office to meet with her customers in the parking lot. Metts is well aware of Garcia’s commercial activities inside the County facility and on County time. James Metts is one of her customers.
Can you imagine what the Commissioner’s Office will be if Metts carries his “management style” to an office where the budget is almost ten times what it is in his JP court with more than four times the number of employees?