Image: Marie Moore, Montgomery County Precinct 4 Administrator, passed away at her home on September 4, 2017.
Conroe and New Caney, December 30 – The vote was overwhelming in favor of Marie Moore as “Person of the Year” for the Montgomery County person who was responsible in 2017 for the most positive change in our community. In actuality, what is known about Moore would support that accolade, but Moore was a major source of information for this newspaper, an intellectual strategist who was a resource to many of the reform political campaigns that are currently progressing to try to clean up the corrupt Montgomery County government, and a close friend to hundreds of people who sorely miss her.
This community has still never received the explanation regarding Moore’s death on September 4, 2017, that this community deserves. Our community loss of this treasure of a lady is a loss we won’t forget.
The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten this year is:
#1 The Citizens
#2 United States Congressman Kevin Brady
#3 District Attorney Brett Ligon
#4 Texas Patriots Tea Party PAC President Dr. Julie Turner
#5 Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador
#6 Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack
#7 Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Don Stockton
#8 Sheriff Rand Henderson
#9 418th District Judge Tracy Gilbert
#10 State Senator Brandon Creighton.
There are some good people on that list and also some people who do some good. But the main criterion for the Power Top Ten are people who, as of the end of this year, can get things done, whether those things are good or not so good.
Marie Moore, Person of the Year 2017
“Today will Never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal, and not wound. Today will Never come again.”
“I was certainly saddened to the terrible news of Marie’s death. I have know Marie since our third grade year in elementary school. She has always been an exceptional young lady full of excitement, enthusiasm and always with a smile. Her passing is a huge loss to the community and to Montgomery County. She will be missed by many.”
Moore was one of the most popular people in high school. She was brilliant in high school just as she was later in her career. She maintained her sweet disposition her entire life.
After graduating from high school, Moore applied to work for the Montgomery County government.
Barry D. Blanton, the son of former County Engineer J. Don Blanton, also one of the most kindhearted human beings a person could ever meet, explained Moore’s history right after high school graduation:
“As County Engineer, my father hired Marie right out of high school. She was his only assistant for the entire 18 years until his retirement. She became a highly valued, and dedicated, employee as well a close family friend. Family was the only thing more important to Marie than her job. She was an incredibly loving mother and grandmother. On behalf of my mother and our entire family, I offer our condolences, thoughts and prayers. I am sure Marie and my dad are chatting about old times at the County Engineers office.”
When Blanton retired in 1998, Moore continued to work for the new County Engineer, Mark Mooney, who remains the County Engineer today. In the 1990s and 2000s, Moore was truly the face of the Montgomery County Engineer’s Office. She ran the place. She was the receptionist, administrator, office manager, office mom, and para-engineer. Moore knew more about surveys, plats, and designs than many registered professional engineers. She also came to know the entire engineering community and maintained those warm relationships until her passing.
Moore loved politics. She loved campaigning. She loved people. Moore loved fundraising for candidates and for causes. She was arguably the most effective political fundraiser Montgomery County has ever seen. She worked for dozens of county judges, county commissioners, judges, constables, justices of the peace, and other local officials running for office in her beloved Montgomery County. Numerous candidates even recently have sought out Moore’s assistance with their fundraising goals for the 2018 Republican Primary Election.
In 2013, however, Moore ran head first into a corrupt group of politicians: Marc Davenport, Craig Doyal, and Wayne Mack. Moore had done quite a bit of campaign work for Doyal and Mack. Davenport was jealous of Moore’s success and sought to move her aside. Within a few months time period, Davenport had successfully turned Mack and Doyal against Moore in the most vicious sort of way. By the summer of 2014, Davenport had completely turned Mack and Doyal against Moore.
“I bonded with Marie over the haters. She was one of the sweetest most positive people around. I’m shocked. Her friendship and compassion ignited me. I will dearly miss my compadre.”
– Public relations consultant Margie Taylor
Mack, Doyal, and Davenport sought to bring criminal charges against Moore. After Mack received an appointment as the Justice of the Peace, Precinct 1, he held several meetings with Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon and County Attorney J.D. Lambright in which Mack tried to get Moore indicted for “cheating” him.
A district judge appointed longtime Conroe attorney Jerald Crow as a Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute Moore. After an extensive investigation which he conducted in conjunction with the Texas Rangers, Crow cleared Moore of any wrongdoing and dismissed the charges that Mack and Davenport had attempted to bring against her.
Throughout the entire process, Moore maintained her positive attitude and pleasant disposition. She continued to work hard in the County Engineer’s Office until it became apparent that her working in the Sadler Administration Building was a distraction as a result of Mack, Davenport, and Doyal. Therefore, in 2014, Moore went to work for her friend Ed Rinehart, the Precinct 4 County Commissioner as his Precinct Administrator, in East Montgomery County.
Mack, who tries to spout a godly image, is one of the roughest and most odious people involved in Montgomery County politics, as his close friendship and affiliation with Davenport attests.
Mack, a client of political consultant Marc Davenport who lets Davenport run Mack’s office, sent a threatening text message to County employee Moore on April 8, 2014: “You need to give your heart to Jesus. Because the rest of you belongs to Marc [Davenport] and he wants his reputation back.” The full text of the threatening message appears below.
Moore provided the full story to the Courier blog but, of course, the pro-establishment blog refused to release the full facts. Moore provided part of the story to The Golden Hammer on March 22, 2017, but released the full story on June 1.
Moore told The Golden Hammer that she wanted to do everything she could possibly do to help the reform efforts she recognized were building strength in Montgomery County in 2017. She released the following statement:
Moore’s full statement follows:
“Just a few days after the March 4, 2014 Primary, a newly elected official went to Craig Doyal and told him that I had been giving inside information to Mark Bosma [Doyal’s electoral opponent in the 2014 Republican Primary Election] and helping him. Even though this was not true, Craig still removed me from his campaign team. A week after the Primary election, Craig called me and said to turn my mailbox key over to Lindsey, his daughter, and that she would be taking over my duties in the campaign. Craig and his friends immediately started their harassment of me. On April 8, 2014, I received a text from the same person that accused me of giving Bosma inside information (which I still have) that stated, ‘You need to give your heart to Jesus. Because the rest of you belongs to Marc [Davenport] and he wants his reputation back.’
“From that point forward, they did everything they could to destroy me and my reputation in the community. They tried to get me fired from a job that I loved for 34 years [as the Administrative Assistant for the County Engineer]. They were successful in making it impossible for me to keep my job in the Engineering Department. They never expected me to transfer to Commissioner Precinct 4.
“After finding out that I would not be leaving employment with the County, in late 2014, they filed a false complaint against me with the District Attorney and the Texas Rangers. A complaint about a political mailer of all things. Because this complaint sat on a Ranger’s desk (who was out for 9 months), it took a year for me to tell my side. In the end, it was determined that there was no merit to the claim and I was cleared of any wrongdoing. In that year, the damage was done, Doyal and friends were able to smear my good name throughout the County and the community that I had lived my entire life. They told everyone they could, and sent a mass email to hundreds, stating that I was being investigated by the Texas Rangers. I was hurt further by this and my family was hurt. Some friends of mine were told that if they continued to be friends with me, they would receive the same treatment I got. I was involved in many Clubs. They made it impossible for me to maintain my membership. This nightmare went on for 18 months.
“Just before Commissioner Jim Clark was sworn into office on January 1, 2015, he was told by Craig Doyal and many of his friends, that if Jim kept me, they would never support him and would never step foot in his office. This was very hard on Commissioner Clark and his family. He stood tall against this group and made the decision to keep me. He believed that doing your job and doing it well, should count for something. He didn’t want politics to play a part in which employees he kept. Most employees would have packed and moved away after going through something like this. Only God, my faith, family and true friends got me through this awful time. Plus, I knew all along that I had the Truth on my side.
“I cried every single day for the first year. One day, I stopped crying. God put a direction in my life. I threw myself into my new job. In time, the truth came out. I don’t worry anymore about losing my job. I only wished that I had the courage to step up in early 2015 when Bosma lost his job. At that time, I was so afraid of losing my own job that I wasn’t able to help him.
“Now seeing that the same thing is happening to our HR Director Dodi Shaw, I cannot sit in silence any longer. Every day that I don’t speak up is the day that she might be let go. I could never live with myself if that happened. Dodi is not a political person, but she was friends with Mark Bosma. She loves her job and she is very good at it. That should count for something.
“I know by coming forward, the attacks on me may start again. That’s okay, I’m not that scared girl I was 3 years. The girl that was afraid to fight back. Hopefully, by me telling my story, it will keep other great employees from being sent home.”
When Jim Clark won election to the Precinct 4 Commissioner’s seat in 2014, he kept the dynamic Moore as his Administrator. “Marie has been my right hand,” Clark told The Golden Hammer. Clark added,
“I’ve known Marie for many years prior to coming into office as Commissioner. She’s been a true and loyal friend. She’s the most dependable and hardworking employee who has always gone far beyond the call of duty, including working late nights in the office and from home.
“Marie’s big and giving heart will be deeply missed. There’s no doubt she is a Christian. I have no doubt where she is today. She’s in the arms of the Lord.”
Doyal directly told The Golden Hammer in April that he seeks to get rid of Clark as Precinct 4 County Commissioner, because Doyal feels Clark insulted him by keeping Moore in his employ.
As Precinct 4 Administrator, Moore ran the administration of Precinct 4 including its Senior Center, parks, and community services. During Tropical Storm Harvey, Moore coordinated the work of the road crews along with Clark, his operations manager Tracy Willett, and his engineer Bill Smith. Billy Bob Lee, the Precinct 4 Manager of Precinct Operations, said,
“We are deeply saddened with the untimely passing of Marie. She was an invaluable part of the Precinct Four team and will be sorely missed. I personally enjoyed working with her and learned a tremendous amount from her about the inner workings of county government. She dedicated 37 years of her life to the service of Montgomery County and served the community with distinction.
“The entire Precinct Four family would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Marie’s family and ask God to comfort them during this time of grieving.”
Dodi Shaw, Montgomery County’s Human Resources Director, told The Golden Hammer,
“Marie dedicated 37 years of her life to Montgomery County and was very proud to work for the County. She was extremely dedicated and proud of the children and grandbabies. Her grandbabies were the light of her life. RIP Marie.”
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack said,
“This is a sad day for Montgomery County. Marie Moore was a good friend.”
Marie Moore, the hero and reformer
In the past five years or so in particular, Moore has been keenly aware of some of the managerial and operational shortcomings of the Montgomery County government. Her lengthy experience gave her insights of which many others weren’t aware. Moore knew where to find information if she didn’t have it. She knew whom to ask. Moore had a rich understanding of the recent history of Montgomery County, its road and bridge development, and the twists and turns of its Commissioners Court.
Moore became a close friend of reformer Mark Bosma, who ran for County Judge and narrowly lost to Craig Doyal in the 2014 Republican Runoff Election. Moore got along with the “establishment” as well. Nevertheless, she had a giant heart for reform of the County government, so it would serve the citizens rather than an elected official elite.
“Lynn and I express our deep regrets at her sudden passing. Our deep condolences to her family, friends and coworkers. Effervescent and effusive, she was always ready and willing to help with a brilliant smile and warm greeting. She will be greatly missed.”
– Local sage, reform leader, and political activist Bill O’ Sullivan.
“I’m so so sad about Marie. I know she was a newer friend to me but we talked on the phone a lot. I loved her.”
– Reform political activist Rachael M. Jones.
Since 2014, Mack, Davenport, and Doyal treated Moore monstrously and became a great source of stress and tension in her life. Despite false claims (after her death) of a rapprochement, insiders are well aware that Mack never asked for forgiveness from Moore, never restored their previous friendship, and continued to express derision towards her until her passing. The concepts of repentance and forgiveness seem well outside of the reach of the vicious Mack. Davenport viciously attacked Moore in writing during the past year. Doyal, who acts with a bit more caution, never had anything good to say about Moore and, privately, said quite a bit of bad.
Moore’s facing down some of the most powerful people in the political “establishment” and continuing her quest to bring about reform is precisely the reason that she received such marked respect from reform-minded people such as CISD Board President Melanie Pryor Bush (who is now running for County Treasurer to clean up Stephanne Davenport’s and Marc Davenport’s mess), renowned political consultant Melanie Schoettle, former State Representative Steve Toth, MCHD Board member and County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley, and Jason Millsaps who is State Representative Mark Keogh’s Chief of Staff.
An entire row of reformers sat together at Moore’s funeral.
County Attorney J.D. Lambright said, “I’ve always found Marie Moore to be a very nice and very caring lady over the decade that I’ve worked with her and around her.”
That’s truly Marie Moore. There have been more than one hundred people who messaged this newspaper during the day after the paper published her obituary that they were one of Marie Moore’s best friends, felt very close to her, and felt devastated by her passing. Moore was a decent, warm, caring person. She showed compassion, kindness, and love towards everyone. She lived a life of humility, although she was so very proud of her daughters and her grand babies.
She was a great fighter for the Lord, for her friends, for her family, for her community, and for reform. She didn’t back down.
While Moore is no longer with us physically, her spirit continues to inspire thousands of people fighting to reform the mess which is the Montgomery County government. There are hundreds of County employees who quietly have joined in that fight. Many of them told The Golden Hammer that Moore inspired them to come forward to help to bring the truth out.
To the Davenports, Doyal, Mack, Metts, and Riley, the reformers have a message:
“With the spirit of Marie Moore behind us, you are in trouble.”