Willis and Conroe, June 22 – On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, the Montgomery County Commissioner Court will consider an agenda item by Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts to remove Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed from the County government’s “ethics” committee, because Reed dared to speak out in favor of ethics in an article he wrote in the “Texas Scorecard.”
Reed issued a statement with respect to the proposed move yesterday afternoon. It follows:
“This Tuesday the county commissioners will be voting to remove me from the ‘Montgomery County Ethics Committee’ for reporting the unethical behavior of an elected official.
“The item to remove me Tuesday was put on the agenda by Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts, who I have been told is unhappy that I reported on the fact that Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden was determined by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement to have falsified records and is going to have his peace officer license suspended.
“If they want a tame ‘ethics committee’ that will be quiet and never speak out about unethical behavior, then that is obviously not me.
“The ‘ethics committee’ was originally created, because the county needed one to receive some state funding. However, the current ‘ethics policy’ adopted by commissioners court is toothless and leaves them responsible for policing their own behavior and deciding their own punishments.
“The committee does nothing and has never met aside from one introductory meeting years ago. My removal sets a dangerous precedent of commissioners removing members of the ‘ethics committee’ whenever one of the members says something a commissioner doesn’t like.
“Knowing the establishment commissioners have the votes to remove me, I was offered the opportunity to just resign and go away quietly and not go through the process of being removed in a public vote. I declined to do so, because the public needs to see them do this in a public vote which would be just another illustration of the lack of ethics in our government.
“I’m looking forward to seeing them explain to the voters why they removed a citizen from an ‘ethics committee’ for upholding ethics.”