Conroe and New Caney, January 1 – Revealing that failed Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s animus has no bounds, Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark had to avert a major budget problem for incoming County Judge-Elect Mark Keough for whom Doyal had carefully provided no operating budget whatsoever upon Keough’s coming into office. This past week Clark executed a budget amendment to transfer $30,000 to the County Judge’s Office from the Precinct 4 County Commissioner’s departmental budget, so that Keough would have funds to pay for paper, a copy machine, computers for the office, and furniture for the County Judge’s Department.
Doyal had manipulated the County Judge Budget so that there would be no funds for Keough, other than for employee salaries, with which to operate the County Judge’s Office.
Clark explained, “The new County Judge has little or no budget to work with. There were clearly some needs, because Craig Doyal didn’t want Mark Keough to have money to work with as County Judge.” The out coming Precinct 4 Commissioner noted, “I now that Judge-Elect Keough needs some funds for stationery, computer equipment, and furniture, but Doyal left his budget with nothing.”
“I wish everyone the best of luck in the future,” Clark added jovially. “I have nothing against Doyal and fredricks, but I am tired of the games. We should all be striving to make Montgomery County the best place it can possibly be.”
“I have nothing against Doyal and fredricks, but I am tired of the games. We should all be striving to make Montgomery County the best place it can possibly be.” – – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark
Doyal presided over the budget hearings, which he closed to public participation, for the Fiscal Year 2019 Budget. A source inside of Doyal’s office, who has requested anonymity, told this newspaper that “Doyal intentionally left out funds for Keough to use to operate the office because he always sarcastically said ‘he’s for reducing the budget.'” Apparently, Budget Office Director Amanda Carter, whom Doyal and fredricks hired outside of the normal Human Resources hiring process, wasn’t inclined to question Doyal’s decision not to set aside sufficient funds to run the County Judge’s Office for any portion of the Fiscal Year after the first three months. Doyal, of course, knew that he would be leaving office on January 1, 2019, because he had lost the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election by a landslide.
One of the issues the Citizens Budget Committee had attempted to raise with the Commissioners Court was the insufficient funding for the County Judge Office’s operations, but Doyal and Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley wouldn’t allow the Committee to make its presentation, even though Clark had placed the presentation as an item on the official Commissioners Court agenda.
With Clark’s budget amendment, which he executed before his term of office ended on December 31, 2018, Keough’s County Judge Office will have sufficient funds with which to operate during the remainder of the Fiscal Year which will end on September 30, 2019.