Image: Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark.
Conroe, December 19 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark, as one of his final actions in office before his term ends on December 31, 2018, quietly contacted the County government’s Human Resources Department on Thursday, December 13, and instructed them to remove two payroll appointments incoming Commissioner James Metts had placed on the payroll without Clark’s approval. Clark removed Metts’ girlfriend, Diane Rogers, and convicted felon Gregory Philip Long from the payroll changes, which the Commissioners Court would otherwise have approved as part of their secretive “consent” agenda during the December 18, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting.
Clark told The Golden Hammer during an exclusive interview, “Not on my watch will that happen. I won’t appoint those two people. Metts can appoint them after I leave office, but he didn’t have the authority to include them as payroll changes under my name.”
Metts is not yet the Commissioner and had no authority to make payroll changes to the Precinct 4 Commissioner Department without Clark’s approval. Metts didn’t ask Clark for authority to make the payroll changes but just presumed he could take those actions on his own.
The payroll change request forms come before the Commissioners Court in a spreadsheet, which, under lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal, the Human Resources Department hides even from members of the Commissioners Court, unless they specifically request a copy of it. Even though the Commissioners Court votes on “PAYROLL CHANGE REQUEST FORMS,” under Doyal’s secretive tenure, Doyal and his “chief of staff” jim fredricks would not allow public display of the information in order to hide the continual wrongdoing contained in them. Those forms, for example, are where Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s nepotistic hires and employment moves occur.
Metts had placed an appointment for Gregory Philip Long to become a Montgomery County employee as a Foreman with an annual salary of $57,956.08. Long is a convicted felon out of San Jacinto County for Felony Theft of between $20,000 and $100,000. Long ran several fake and a few real social media sites for Metts during Metts’ campaign for County Commissioner.
Metts paid Long $500 per week out of campaign funds for “public relations” during Metts’ campaign. Long is a member of the pro-democrat “Republican Voters of Texas PAC” which supports “establishment” candidates and works against the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Dianne Rogers, also known as “Sweetie Pie,” is Metts’ girlfriend with whom he lives in a trailer on a wooded lot. Rogers and Metts own Sweetie Pie’s Restaurant and Flower Shop in Splendora.
Rogers received a full-time salary as Metts’ Juvenile Court Coordinator while Metts was a Justice of the Peace, but Rogers only worked about 16 hours per week, so she could manage her and Metts’ restaurant. Rogers will receive a substantial raise from $43,602.07 per year to $81,357.75. Not bad for a part-time job. Her title is Precinct Administrator, the same job Marie Moore once held.
Clark added, “I’m the people’s Commissioner. I’ll protect my constituents as long as I can.”