Image: Clueless Montgomery County government Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo had great difficulty speaking before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, April 24, 2018.
Conroe, April 30 – What government does outside of law enforcement and national security, it does poorly. Clueless Montgomery County government Purchasing Director Gilbert Jalomo strove hard to illustrate that principle during the Tuesday, April 24, 2018, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court.
During the limited open portion of the Commissioners Court meeting, Jalomo presented a proposed $231,365.68 purchase that the poorly-managed County Information Technology Department had requested. The agenda item on the meeting notice, which Jalomo read aloud to the befuddled members of the Commissioners Court, stated:
“TAKE ALL APPROPRIATE ACTION TO APPROVE UTILIZING THE CONTRACT FOR
PRODUCTS AND RELATED SERVICES THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF
INFORMATION RESOURCES CONTRACT #DIR-TSO-3976 FOR THE PURCHASE OF
TWO (2) ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE CONTROL AND APPLICATION WITH SECURE
ENTERPRISE PREMIER LICENSES FOR 50,000 NON CURRENT ENDPOINTS AND
MAINTENANCE SUPPORT FOR ONE (1) YEAR IN THE AMOUNT OF $231,365.68 FROM
INNOVATION NETWORK TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION FOR IT. LOCAL GOV’T
All seemed to be going well for the sleepy-eyed Jalomo, until Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack dared to ask the wrong question, “Can you explain what this is?”
“I can not explain what this is.”
The Purchasing Director then began to laugh.
Since the requested expenditure was almost a quarter of a million dollars, Noack requested that the Commissioners Court defer any action until someone from the County government might explain what they would be purchasing. Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, who ostensibly oversees the entire County government but whose golf responsibilities prevent him from showing up for work, sat silently as the Purchasing Director appeared a fool. Jalomo’s top Purchasing Department assistants also sat silently in the Commissioners Courtroom, because, it appeared, the entire Purchasing Department had approved a quarter million dollar expenditure without having any idea what it was.
This incident was merely the next in a series of circumstances where Jalomo and his Purchasing Department have approved County tax fund expenditures without having any idea for what they were and without having any idea whether the proposed purchase complied with County government purchasing policies or state law.
During the March 20, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting, Noack dared ask Jalomo a question about the legal basis for County government purchases from Phonoscope, the fiber optic cable system arrangement which corrupt local boss Marc Davenport directed Doyal and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley to accept and implement. Jalomo was unprepared and unable to answer questions about Phonoscope purchases either.
Jalomo seems more than happy to present proposed expenditures of tax dollars. He just doesn’t care to be bothered with knowledge of any details, the rationale for the expenditures, or whether the purchases comply with purchasing policy or state law.