Montgomery County corrupt Commissioner Metts doubles girlfriend’s salary, places promotion on secret consent agenda for January 8 meeting

Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts.

Conroe, January 7 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts, who has clearly focused on “corrupt” as an active verb during his first week in office, has placed the hiring of his live-in girlfriend on the Commissioners Court meeting agenda for Tuesday, January 8, 2019. Metts, who was her direct-report boss as JP, is almost doubling the salary of his “sweetie pie” and is also proposing to hire convicted felon Gregory Long as a “foreman” also on the secretive consent agenda.

Metts had tried to place the hiring of his girlfriend, Diane Rogers, on the December 18, 2018, agenda under former Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark. Clark refused to sponsor the nepotistic and corrupt payroll change and directed the Human Resources Department to remove Rogers and Long from the Payroll Change Request Form list, even though disgraced former County Judge Craig Doyal and his “chief of staff” jim fredricks had approved the changes.

Metts secretly placed hiring his girlfriend back on the agenda for the first meeting of calendar year 2019. Rogers will receive $81,357.64 per year as salary, plus approximately $32,787.13 in benefits, for total taxpayer-funded payments of $114,144.77. Rogers received $43,609.28 as Metts’ Juvenile Case Coordinator (no double entendre intended).

Metts and Rogers live together in Metts’ trailer house outside of Splendora. Metts does not hold the real property where they live in his name, so that he may avoid creditors who hold judgments against him and so that he may avoid the Internal Revenue Service, which has outstanding tax liens against him. Metts is the first County Commissioner in the history of Montgomery who does not own any real property in Montgomery. Therefore, Metts has no personal care how high property taxes might be, since he doesn’t pay any.

Metts and Rogers live together in Metts’ trailer house outside of Splendora. Metts does not hold the real property where they live in his name, so that he may avoid creditors who hold judgments against him and so that he may avoid the Internal Revenue Service, which has outstanding tax liens against him. Metts is the first County Commissioner in the history of Montgomery who does not own any real property in Montgomery. Therefore, Metts has no personal care how high property taxes might be, since he doesn’t pay any.

Additionally, Metts and his girlfriend Rogers own Sweetie Pie’s, a Splendora restaurant and flower shop, together as equal partners. During Metts’ tenure as a JP, after he and Rogers developed their romantic relationship, Metts allowed Rogers to leave the office each day around mid-day never to return, so that she could manage Sweetie Pie’s. Reports from inside Metts’ Commissioner Precinct 4 Office confirm that Metts and Rogers continue to follow the same practices as they did during his JP tenure. Metts leaves the office well before 5 p.m. each day. Rogers has left twice around lunchtime and has not returned.

If Rogers continue to work part-time hours with annual compensation of $114,144.77 per year, she will be one of the highest paid Montgomery County government employees in history.

Metts’ hiring of his girlfriend Rogers and of convicted felon Long should remind citizens of the complete lack of political courage of all members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, who will quietly vote to approve those hiring decisions without any comment or protest.

Metts is merely taking advantage of the complete lack of adherence to principles of right versus wrong among his colleagues on the Commissioners Court.

Metts did not respond to telephone calls seeking comment.

 

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