Montgomery County Purchasing Director Jalomo, IT Director Shirley receive “The Golden Hammer” for first ERP cost overrun of $195,000

Conservative Republican activist Ginger Russell, known as “The Quiet Lady From Magnolia,” held up “The Golden Hammer” at the Montgomery County Commissioners Courtroom on June 26, 2108, with Dale Fessenden (left) and Terrence Boggs (center) following the festivities.

Conroe, October 26 – At the October 23, 2018, Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting, “The Golden Hammer Award,” which memorializes instances in which government employees “hammer the taxpayers,” went to Montgomery County government Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo and IT Director Marshall Shirley for their responsibility for the first cost overrun, of $195,000 (!), for the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) project, on which the Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court voted 3 to 2 to spend $14,827,000 on August 28.

The full presentation of “The Golden Hammer Award” follows:

“The Golden Hammer goes to Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo and IT Director Marshall Shirley.

“You’ve got to learn that there are only 3 people in Montgomery County who are willing to vote for any spending proposal that comes before them [referring to lame duck Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike ‘Sleeping Mike’ Meador, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley.] 
“But there are 575,000 outsiders who see what’s going on.
“$195,000 is not anything to those three, even though it’s six (6) times the median income per capita for Montgomery County, according to the United States Census Bureau, almost three (3) times the median family income for Montgomery County, and more than most people’s homes cost/
“Let’s go way back into the distant past on August 28, 2018, when you, Mr. Jalomo [Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo] and Mr. Shirley [IT Director Marshall Shirley], were given a mission by the Davenport Ring and County Judge Doyal to get the ERP software passed by this Court.
Commissioner Noack expressed concerns about costs and explained how ERPs tend to become the source of gigantic cost overruns that have harmed giant Fortune 500 companies let alone local governments burdening their taxpayers.
“In response, Mr. Shirley, you guaranteed Commissioner Noack, standing right here ‘It has all the requisite components.’
“Then a few minutes later, Mr. Jalomo, you guaranteed the 10 year cost ‘all in’ is $14,827,000…AND the 2 year total is $8,550,000 guaranteed.
“Commissioner Jim Clark then asked ‘Is that $14 million a guaranteed number or is that subject to change as we move along?
“Gilbert Jalomo responded to the Commissioners Court on August 28, ‘The number is guaranteed for 5 years. That’s an all-in number $14,827,000.’
“A mere six (6) wks later, however…Oops. There’s a $195,000 module for the environmental and permitting department as well.
“THAT’S HAMMERING THE TAXPAYERS – IT’S ALSO CALLED LYING – ONLY 3 PEOPLE BELIEVE YOU, BUT NO ONE ELSE DOES – YOU DESERVE THE GOLDEN HAMMER!”
Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo appeared before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on October 23, 2018, to spend more tax dollars, while renowned citizen Harry Hardman cannot bear to watch in the background.

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