Conroe, February 17 – Three members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court have shown a blatant disregard for citizens attempting to provide comments during the Commissioners Court meetings, even though the First Amendment to the United States Constitution as well as the Bill of Rights of the Texas Constitution provide citizens with the right to free political speech and the right to redress their grievances. Ironically, two of those three – criminal indictees County Judge Craig Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley – complained about their own right to free political speech when they tried to fight for a claimed right to conduct County business in secret, an argument the Beaumont Court of Appeals rejected in reinstating their indictments, along with that of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, with whom they closely work, for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Doyal, Riley, and Davenport have fought for a supposed right to conduct County government business in secret – which the Court of Appeals rejected – while Doyal, Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador disregard citizen political expression during Commissioners Court meetings.
On Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Reagan Reed, who has become a major leader in the Montgomery County Republican Party and is the GOP Precinct 50 Chairman, stepped into the fray to give Meador, Riley, and Doyal a candid assessment of the situation regarding the rude manner in which the Commissioners Court handles citizen comments.
Doyal looked around the Commissioners Courtroom and asked, “Would anyone else like to address court today?” When Doyal saw that Reed stood up to speak, Doyal grimaced and then turned away from the podium from which Reed spoke.
Reed then proceeded to lambaste Meador, who had left the room a few minutes earlier when he saw another citizen from his own Commissioners Precinct rise to speak. Meador doesn’t like to listen to criticism and greatly prefers County employee comments that extol his believed grace.
Reed full comments follow:
“You know, I didn’t come here planning to speak today.
“Judge, you’ll be happy to know I don’t have anything to say about you today.
[At that point, sensing that Reed didn’t intend to speak about him, Doyal looked up to listen.]
“But when I see a citizen get up here, today it was Kelli Cook, get up here to speak, immediately as soon as she comes up, Commissioner Meador, who is her County Commissioner gets up and walks out of the room. The same thing happened when Mr. Yollick came up to speak. And this is a pattern over several meetings.
“And I just felt compelled to come up here and speak, because that’s my Precinct and my Commissioner and when you have a pattern of a County Commissioner coming up here and flagrantly disrespecting citizens who want to make their concerns known to him, that’s not acceptable. It’s disrespectful to his constituents and it’s disrespectful to the office. I just wanted to voice my concern about that. Thank you.”
None of the members of the Commissioners Court responded. Meador, of course, was not even in the room to respond.
Reed has become a major force in the Montgomery County Republican Party. His familiarity with the Republican Party Rules and parliamentary procedure and his extensive preparation for every meeting has tripped up the liberal Commissioners Court as well as left-leaning Wally Wilkerson, the Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman.
Reed led the effort to force Wilkerson to call an emergency meeting of the Montgomery County Executive Committee of Precinct Chairs on Tuesday, February 20, 2018, so that they Committee may vote on a resolution calling for removal of the State Highway 242 flyover tolls.
Reed is also the Montgomery County correspondent for Empower Texans, one of the largest grassroots conservative organizations in Texas.