Image: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon (right).
Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County, December 22 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon is the third most powerful person in Montgomery County and is The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten #3. Don’t think for a minute that Ligon doesn’t have effective control over Montgomery County’s legal system.
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.
So far, The Golden Hammer has named six other people in the Power Top Ten:
#4, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack.
#5, Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s Judge.”
#6, Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson.
#7, Bobby Jack Adams, civil engineer and Halff Associates Regional Vice President who presides over the “deep state” of vendors who control many of the decisions within the Montgomery County government.
#8, Quadvest President and property rights advocate Simon Sequeira.
#9, Conservative Republican activist and Party Official Jon Bouche.
#10, Conroe Independent School District Superintendent Curtis Null.
#3: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon
In 2018, the author of this article engaged two private polls for his use and also reviewed the polling data of others. As far as political popularity, there was no question who the most popular elected official in Montgomery County was: District Attorney Brett Ligon. The second most popular official, but he was a distant second, was Montgomery County Sheriff Rand Henderson.
Ligon has a forceful personality, a serious nature, and a perspicacious mind. In particularly strong fashion, Ligon reflects the desire of Montgomery County citizens to take a very tough approach on criminals.
As a District Attorney, Ligon has shown no desire to stay out of courtrooms. Ligon has tried numerous cases himself. Other judicial districts have retained Ligon as a special prosecutor to try cases for them as well.
As a District Attorney, Ligon has turned his office into a training ground for excellent young lawyers to learn how to prosecute criminal cases. Ligon not only trains his team in trial techniques but also in the ethics of what they do.
There are two Brett Ligons as far as the prosecution of crimes in Montgomery County.
As for real crimes, such as DWIs, murders, robberies, drug offenses, pedophiles, and prostitution, Brett Ligon should make every well-meaning Montgomery County citizen feel safe when they’re on the streets. Ligon’s consistent and tough prosecution of those offenses has had a powerfully positive impact on this community. Criminals know they’ll lose the capacity to commit other crimes, if they get caught.
Where Ligon has disappointed many citizens vigilant with respect to the Montgomery County government and other governmental entities has been in the perception that he plays politics with public integrity crimes. Ligon has an argument to defend his actions with respect to those issues. In reality, many of the patrol officers of the Sheriff’s Office believe that Ligon has been too harsh with them. Many conservatives believe Ligon has looked the other way to allow elected politicians to get away with clear statutory violations.
Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize Ligon’s career as District Attorney for what it is. Ligon has been tremendously effective as a prosecutor. It has become clear that several of the seven District Judges and five County Court at Law Judges very much fear Ligon and view him as their most grave threat. Ligon clearly has enormous influence over several of the members of the Board of Judges who may not be as independent of his control as they ought to be.
In fairness to Ligon, however, the judges’ fear may spring from Ligon’s effectiveness in his job as District Attorney rather than constitute some sort of untoward influence.
Ligon is very good at what he does. No Republican or democrat dared run against him in 2020 as he runs for re-election unopposed.
Clearly, Brett Ligon is someone who can get things done in Montgomery County.