New Caney, January 9 – Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts has only worked for one (1) hour during all of 2018. During that hour, he posed for photo-opportunities in his courtroom, so that the blog he controls through Jamie Nash, a County employee who works for Metts, could post photographs of the man briefly working.
Metts’ sole appearance at work over the five County work days in 2018 that began on January 2 was for slightly less than one hour when Metts heard some eviction cases during the morning of January 3, 2018. Metts made sure his public relations coordinator, Jamie Nash, who receives a County salary solely for the purpose of making Metts appear better, was in the JP courtroom on January 3 to take photographs to post on her blog “Montgomery County Police Reporter.” The blog post concerned Metts returning to work, but his return lasted only briefly.
Out of a total of 40 County work hours, Metts has worked 1, or 2.5% of the total work period, so far during 2018.
Metts was absent from the JP court during the entire month of December, 2017. He hasn’t appeared for Thursday arraignments for several months. Metts has not heard a juvenile case for over two-and-a-half months.
Meanwhile, Mett’s court office is in completely disarray. Metts’ girlfriend Diane Rogers and Jane Metts Landers, his cousin, who are direct-reports to Metts as full-time County employees have also been absent most of the time during 2018. A third employee, Jerry Sue Hayden, has been in the JP office more than 20 hours but has spent almost all of her time at the courthouse on the telephone handling personal business. Rogers, Landers, and Hayden didn’t attend the Thursday staff meeting, because, as they told two JP employees, “we don’t answer to Brian.” (They referred to Brian Stanley, Metts’ Chief of Staff.)