Image: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon appeared before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on November 20, 2018, to discuss the causes of murder in the community.
Conroe, December 22 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is the third (3rd) Most Powerful Person of the Top Ten Most Powerful People in Montgomery County. In this instance, there are some major assists to get him there.
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, continues the tradition of listing the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. The Power Top Ten doesn’t commemorate the ten best people in Montgomery County necessarily, but the most powerful people who are actually able to accomplish political or policy goals. In other words, he or she can get things done in Montgomery County. This year is the second that The Golden Hammer is publishing this list. In 2016, the Publisher of this newspaper published the list on social media before this newspaper began.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named six members of the Power Top Ten:
#4: Montgomery County Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed (with an assist from Party Treasurer John Hill Wertz)
#5: Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough
#6: Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack
#7: Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson
#8: Simon Sequeira, Quadvest President and property rights advocate (with assists from real estate developers Mike Stoecker and Danny Signorelli)
#9: John Holzwarth and the Montgomery County government vendors’ “Deep State” (with assists from Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador and lame duck County Judge Craig Doyal)
#10: United States Congressman Kevin Brady.
Power Top Ten #3: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon
Ligon is in the Power Top Ten entirely for two reasons. First, Ligon does an outstanding job as the District Attorney. It’s nice when you can classify someone as successful or powerful just because they do their job so well. Second, the women and men of the District Attorney’s Office provide major assists. That’s not just Mike Holley, the Chief Assistant DA, or Tyler Dunman, who is the Special Crimes Unit Chief and also the “mouth” of the DA’s Office, but it’s all of the people who work there and have made it into the extraordinarily effective arm of the State of Texas that the prosecutor’s office is.
When you’re out walking, running, cycling, or just playing jai alai outside, in Montgomery County you should feel particularly safe, thanks to Ligon’s serious prosecution and enforcement against criminals. Obviously, the superb patrol officers of the Sheriff’s Office make a major difference in that regard as well. In a way, that’s part of the point. Ligon and his team of prosecutors, investigators, and support staff work closely with and almost seamlessly with the Sheriff’s Office peace officers and their support staff. It’s a work culture which Ligon has engendered during both the Gage and Henderson Sheriff administrations.
There are few Texas prosecutors who are tougher on individuals who drive while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs. Child pornographers would be much better off committing their heinous crimes outside of Montgomery County. Drug dealers and drug manufacturers are rapidly concluding that, despite the nice forested environment to provide cover, there are much safer places for them to work to ruin the lives primarily of young people.
Ligon is tough. His assistants are tough. Their support staff are tough.
They are also very fair-minded and are very cognizant of the limits of prosecutorial discretion as well as the requirements of prosecutorial ethics. As to the operation of his own office, Ligon reaches for the stars as far as ethics. The law, the canons of legal ethics, and the Texas Constitution only set a floor for Ligon. Ligon aspires for much higher standards and has engendered a culture in his office very successfully in that manner.
Ligon is the most popular elected servant in Montgomery County. Conservatives adore him (despite frustrations with some public integrity matters). The political “establishment” respects him. The real citizens appreciate his hard work and his transparency.
Beginning January 1, 2019, Ligon, Sheriff Rand Henderson, and the law enforcement community will find a much friendlier, pro-law enforcement Commissioners Court than the one under which the citizens currently suffer. County Judge Doyal (under criminal indictment) will be gone. Law enforcement booster Jim Clark will leave but his replacement, James Metts, has always supported law enforcement’s financial needs, even while he skirts the law himself. Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley (under criminal indictment) will find themselves in a distinct anti-law enforcement minority with Metts, incoming County Judge Mark Keough, and Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack supporting law enforcement on the Commissioners Court. Ligon should wear Riley’s criticism like a badge of honor.
The new Commissioners Court will continue to work with Ligon to make law enforcement even more successful in Montgomery County.