Image: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack.
Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer
Montgomery County, December 19 – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack is the fourth most powerful person in Montgomery County and is The Golden Hammer‘s Power Top Ten #4. Noack’s remarkable work ethic, stellar organizational skills, and excellent staff make him one of the top County Commissioners in Texas.
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:
#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.
#4: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack
Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack has clearly become the leader on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court during 2019, but his work behind-the-scenes within the Montgomery County government is even more striking. Now, let’s be clear. Noack is no angel. There are some troubling aspects of the manner in which he runs his office.
Noack has, however, provided important leadership and an important vote for conservative causes on the Commissioners Court. Most importantly, the County government would never have been able to adopt an “effective tax rate” (no tax increase) Fiscal Year 2020 Budget without Noack’s hard work and amazing leadership during the budget process over the late spring and summer of 2019. Noack began the process by proposing an important bond defeasance, which saved the taxpayers over $7 million per year in the budget. Noack’s enormous preparation before the “budget hearings” at the end of July and his leadership on several important spending issues clearly made the difference.
Noack has been a reliable conservative vote for many of Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough’s conservative initiatives on the Commissioners Court. Clearly, without Noack’s assistance and work, the State Highway 242 flyover tolls would still be in place.
Noack’s work behind-the-scenes has been nothing short of breathtaking. Through Charles Cobb and his outstanding Commissioners Office team, Noack essentially managers the Information Technology, Mosquito Abatement, and Signals Departments of the County government. Noack may not like the characterization that he oversees those departments, but he does in fact oversee them.
Noack’s work as a road and bridge commissioner in Precinct 3, the southern central part of Montgomery County, has continued at the highest level of service. No other County Commissioner is as responsive or has as responsive a staff as Noack. Noack’s team, which includes Chief of Staff Evan Besong and Special Projects Coordinator Andy Dubois, has consistently done great work planning mobility in south Montgomery County and maintaining the roads and bridges already constructed.
James Noack has gotten a lot done. He’s responsive, thoughtful, and always well organized. He exemplifies what a County Commissioner in Texas should be.