Conroe, June 9 – Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador’s lack of budgetary control flared up in the form of his proposal to create two new salaried positions for his department in the middle of the budget year, a practice he specifically has condemned when other Commissioners have proposed the practice.
On May 31, 2017, Meador’s infamous $160,000 per year secretary Jule Puckett retired from Montgomery County much to the delight of the taxpayers who bore her burden for 24 years.
For the Tuesday, June 13, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting, Meador has proposed the creation of two new positions in his Commissioner Precinct 1 Department. First, Meador seeks to open a position for a superintendent at a salary of $55,016.00. Second, Meador wants to hire a foreman at a salary of $45,011.20. Both positions would receive County benefits which usually amount to approximately another 16% of the salaried compensation.
Nothing would have prevented Meador from planning for these positions at the time of the budget hearings in July, 2016, except for the fact that budgeting procedures seem to mean nothing to the free-spending Meador who has consistently voted for increased spending regardless of the cost or the source of the funds.
Meador has admitted that he’s actually already hired both individuals for the positions without Commissioners Court approval.
Three of the members of the Commissioners Court – County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack – voted against Clark’s proposed raise for Mechanic Supervisor Chris Parr, because, they argued on April 25, salary changes should not occur in the middle of the Fiscal Year. Therefore, it will be interesting to see how those three react when Meador, clearly the most powerful among the five Commissioners Court members flexes his political muscle and demands two new salaried positions in the middle of the Budget Year.