Conroe and New Caney, January 29 – In his Precinct 4 Commissioner Office swelling with corruption, James Metts formally plans to move his public relations consultant, who runs the “Montgomery County Police Reporter,” out of the County government on the backs of the taxpayers, onto his payroll. Of course, Metts will fund Jamie Nash’s salary and employee benefits out of the “asphalt” fund earmarked for road and bridge maintenance in East Montgomery County.
The move from the “asphalt” budget is slightly indirect but still falls under the developing Asph-Scam Scandal, because Metts is moving one employee to a different position, funding that position with the “asphalt” budget, and then moving Nash into his current position.
Metts intends to give Nash a gigantic raise of $14,833.26, as he moves her from his JP 4 office to his Commissioner Precinct Office. Nash will receive $46,349.94 salary, plus County government benefits of $18,790.03, for total compensation of $65,028.97.
In other words, Montgomery County taxpayers will pay Nash $65,028.97 to take nice photographs of Metts supposedly at work and to produce the “Montgomery County Police Report” blog with favorable stories about Metts and his political allies, Constable Rowdy Hayden and Justice of the Peace Jason Dunn.
On Nash’s Twitter page, where she hasn’t posted for several years, Nash claims that she handles “the flow of information for Judge James Metts…and Constable Rowdy Hayden.” Nevertheless, judges in Texas don’t have “communications directors.” No Montgomery County District Judge, County Court at Law Judge, or Justice of the Peace, other than Metts, has any sort of communications person, because that has nothing whatsoever to do with the function or purpose of courts.
Metts has forced taxpayers to pay Nash $31,516.58 to work less than 20 hours per week only four days per week (since Metts operates that only court in Montgomery County that does not open on Fridays.) With County benefits, Nash takes $44,217.17 in tax dollars.
Employees inside of Metts’ JP office, who spoke with this newspaper on the condition of anonymity since Metts has threatened their jobs if they dared communicate with The Golden Hammer, have confirmed that Nash has had nothing to do with Metts’ court operations during the past ten years, the entire time she has received a County paycheck.
Clearly, while Metts also receives income from the taxpayer-subsidized “Police Reporter,” in actuality the aggregator is little more than a platform for pro-Metts and pro-Hayden news mixed with press clippings from law enforcement agencies. Nash’s Internet site has never reported about any of the legal problems of Metts nor has it reported about the major criminal investigation ongoing with Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden and his Chief Deputy Barry Welch as the primary targets.