A simple question for County Attorney Jerry Don “Ice Man” Lambright: why aren’t you working during the day?!
On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, The Woodlands Area Republican Women had a wonderful lunch meeting from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Landry’s Restaurant in The Woodlands, an approximately 20 minute drive from Lambright’s office in the Sadler Administration Building in downtown Conroe. Lambright attended the lunch meeting from 11 a.m. until he left a few minutes after 1 p.m. It was very nice to see the Ice Man, except for one problem.
As County Attorney, a full-time job, Lambright earns $196,164.57, plus at least $24,000 per year in additional benefits from Montgomery County’s government. In other words, this man earns more than the United States Secretary of Defense who oversees 85,000 civilian employees as well as the military servicemen and women serving our nation. Lambright earns more than every single other elected official in Texas. He earns more than Governor Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, United States Senator Ted Cruz, United States Congressman and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, and every other county, city, state, and federal elected official in the Lone Star State. Additionally, Lambright enjoys massive benefits. He’s got a state-of-the-art ice machine that holds 523 pounds of ice, a food budget, grossly-expensive furniture, and an exploding number of office staff.
For all of that, you’d think that County taxpayers could at least expect to receive a full-time employee in Lambright. Unfortunately, Lambright’s social life – DURING THE BUSINESS DAY – interferes with his work. Lambright goes all over Montgomery County to social and political luncheons during the business day. Here’s a photograph of Lambright at the North Shore Republican Women meeting on January 4, 2017, which he attended for more than a couple of hours in the middle of the day.
On Wednesday of this week, the taxpayers lost Lambright’s services for at least two hours, if not more, in the middle of the business day. It’s not like we don’t need him to work. We do. His office is a mess. Their failures are of wide renown. Despite some great attorneys working in the County Attorney’s Office, they experience enormous difficulties in litigation matters, fail to advise the County Commissioners properly on Texas Local Government Code matters, look the other way on nepotism and conflicts of interest, and have implemented one of the most secretive, closed-door County governments in the history of the State of Texas since the passage of the Texas Open Records Act.
Lambright needs to get to work. None of us should care where he spends his evenings. He’s renowned for showing up at virtually every social event in Montgomery County. If there’s a free meal or a crowd, Lambright is there. That’s his right – at night. But during the business day, Lambright ought to give the taxpayers at least a full day’s work, if not more (as do most attorneys). Just look at the lights burning in the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office one building over on the second floor. Many of the attorneys there burn the midnight oil. They work hard for their meager wages compared to the massive compensation Lambright receives.
You work for us, Mr. Lambright. We don’t pay you to attend luncheons during the business day.