Power Top Ten #7: Bobby Jack Adams and the “Deep State”

Power Top Ten #7: Bobby Jack Adams and the “Deep State”

Image: On April 27, 2014, Bobby Jack Adams (left) joined Duane Ham (center) and then-Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Craig Doyal for the “Pull for Patriots Shoot Out.” Adams has presided over Montgomery County’s “deep state” in his job as Regional Vice President of Halff Associates, Inc. If your goal is to bring public dollars into your County government vendor, Adams clearly is the man who can get the job done.

Eric Yollick, Guest Reporter to The Golden Hammer

Montgomery County, December 10 – Bobby Jack Adams, the Regional Vice President for Halff Associates, Inc., presides over Montgomery County’s version of the “deep state” is the Seventh Most Powerful of the Power Top Ten, the ten most powerful people in Montgomery County. Adams fell out of the Power Top Ten during the last two years, but his continued presence in the halls of the Montgomery County government and the massive flow of public dollars into his and his employer’s pockets clearly shows he is a man with profound influence within the County government despite his shadowy nature.

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 three other people in the Power Top Ten:

  • #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.

#7: Bobby Jack Adams, Regional Vice President and the presiding officer over the Montgomery County government’s “deep state”

Montgomery County’s government very much has a “deep state” of County government vendors who have enormous influence over decisions by the members of the Commissioners Court, the Purchasing Department Director, and the other County Departments which have influence in the award of the lucrative road and bridge and facilities contracts which comprise gigantic swathes of where the citizens’ tax dollars disappear. No one among the County government vendors comes close to the influence of Bobby Jack Adams, a civil engineer who is the Regional Vice President for Halff Associates, Inc., a Richardson-headquartered engineering behemoth.

Adams was a friend at Texas A&M University with disgraced former Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal who worked to award Adams and Halff Associates tens of millions of dollars of contracts during the course of Doyal’s four-year tenure as County Judge and twelve-year tenure as the Precinct 2 County Commissioner.

Adams, however, is the consummate politician. The members of the Commissioners Court have grown to love him with the exception of Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack who wisely shies away from Adams.

Adams knows how to play the game. He has socialized with the right officials within the County government. When issues arise pertaining to Halff’s work in Commissioner Precinct 1 (for Adams’ pal Commissioner Mike Meador) or on the $95 million TX-249 Tollway extension, also known as the “Decimation of Hope Highway,” Adams is rarely far away. Adams appears in Commissioners Court meetings with careful regularity.

Adams is the best among the County vendors. Members of the Court and other County Department directors enjoy meeting with him, talking with him, and shifting citizen tax dollars towards him in the form of lucrative County government contracts.

There can be no question that the Montgomery County government does, in fact, have a “deep state,” the County vendors who influence lucrative contract decisions. Engineering contracts do not go through any sort of competitive bidding process. As a result, the entire process for awarding such contracts is highly political.

Engineering firms are, by far, the biggest financial contributors to incumbent members of the Commissioners Court as well as to Precinct 1 Commissioner candidate Robert Walker, Meador’s cousin who is his hand-picked successor. It’s truly a “deep state,” because the voters have little, if any, actual oversight or even ability to monitor what’s happening. It’s “deep,” because members of the Commissioners Court themselves often view the contractual arrangements of other Court members will little understanding.

In truth, if the County government is ever to find real reform, the Ethics Commission must face squarely this problem of the relationship between those vendors and the members of the Commissioners Court.

Adams presides over Montgomery County’s “deep state,” because he has perfected the relationships which lead to its operation and keep spending out of the public’s eye. That is raw power.

Members of the Commissioners Court, other than Noack and Keough, have confirmed that Adams and Halff often determine which other County vendors, particularly engineers and general contractors, receive County government contracts through an informal selection process.

Readers should never discount the vast influence Adams and Halff have enjoyed through their involvement as the “project manager” of the gigantic TX-249 Tollway extension project, the Decimation of Hope (for taxpayers).

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