January 20, 2017, The Woodlands – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack accused Precinct 4 Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle of threatening engineers and engineering firms who politically have supported Noack. Noack posited, “Jack Cagle and [Montgomery County Judge] Craig Doyal threatened engineers that if they give [campaign contributions] to me, they won’t get work in Harris or Montgomery Counties. Doyal admitted to me, on March 2, 2015, at approximately 4:00 p.m., that he has heard Jack Cagle tell engineers that, if they contribute to me, their firm will not get work in his county.”
During an interview on Friday, January 20, Noack further explained that Doyal has admitted to Noack that Cagle has told engineering firms that they will not receive Harris County work if they have supported Noack. Noack confirmed that Cagle has also told him the same, because Cagle fears that Noack will use those contributions to run a candidate against Cagle.
The relationship between Noack and Doyal has markedly deteriorated since Noack, first, opposed the hiring of Deanne Riley, wife of Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, to a new position in the Constable, Precinct 5, administrative office, and second, voted against further expenditures of funds on the Tx-249 “Decimation of Hope Highway” project at the far southwest edge of Montgomery County. Doyal has worked closely with his friend and business partner Bobby Jack Adams, Vice President of Halff Associates, Inc., to proceed with a $100 million construction project for 3.6 miles of tollroad that the Texas Department of Transportation would otherwise construct without Montgomery County bearing any financial risk. Noack opposed additional funding for the “Decimation of Hope Highway” in December after Doyal refused to identify any source of Montgomery County obtaining such a large of amount of funds for the tiny road project.
Commissioner Cagle did not return telephone messages left at his personal telephone numbers. Likewise, Judge Doyal did not respond to telephone calls and a text message to attempt to discern his version of the events.