At request of Commissioner Noack, Montgomery County Auditor takes important symbolic move to separate Auditor’s independence from County politics

Conroe, January 30 – At the behest of Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack, the County Auditor didn’t sit with the Commissioners Court dais alongside the Court members for the first time in many years. Instead, Montgomery County Budget Director Amanda Carter, who actually does work for the Commissioners Court within the Court’s policy […]

Editorial: District Judges must continue to oversee County Auditor, who must remain independent of Montgomery County politics

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer Corruption comes primarily from two sources. First, there is active corruption where individuals, such as Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, or incoming Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, work to cover up their wrongdoing through secrecy or obfuscation. Second, there is passive corruption where individuals […]

BREAKING NEWS: Board of District Judges appoints Rakesh Pandey, CPA, as new Montgomery County Auditor

BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, December 14 – The Montgomery County Board of District Judges appointed Rakesh Pandey, C.P.A., as the new Montgomery County Auditor to begin on January 1, 2019. Pandey, who presently lives in New Caney but also owns a home in Katy, will be the first County Auditor, which Montgomery County has enjoyed in […]

December to be interesting month for Montgomery County citizens, Part 1 of 2

December to be interesting month for Montgomery County citizens, Part 1 of 2

Image: Montgomery County Judge-Elect Mark Keough (right) with his son Joshua Keough (left) on the evening of Election Day, November 6, 2018, celebrating a great victory. Conroe, November 29 – December appears likely to be an interesting month for Montgomery County citizens. Not only will Montgomery County residents celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Festivus, but […]

County Auditor Martin telling other employees she’s going to work for incoming Commissioner Metts, raises conflict of interest concerns; meanwhile, Riley’s meltdown continues

County Auditor Martin telling other employees she’s going to work for incoming Commissioner Metts, raises conflict of interest concerns; meanwhile, Riley’s meltdown continues

Image: Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin whom the Board of District Judges has terminated as of December 31, 2018. Martin has bragged to several employees of the Montgomery County government that she’ll be going to work for incoming Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts who will take office on January 1, 2019. Conroe and New […]

After “separation of powers” issues determined over County Auditor’s Budget, outgoing Auditor Phyllis Martin’s “budget amendment” may be most corrupt of all

Conroe, September 25 – Montgomery County’s Board of District Judges and Commissioners Court suffered some angst over the budget process for the County Auditor’s Department. On Friday, September 14, 2018, the District Judges, approved a Budget, which they reduced by $305,000, to cover the salaries and related expenses for the County Auditor, in accordance with […]

The next Montgomery County Auditor has great opportunity to make history

Conroe, September 17 – On Friday, September 14, 2018, the Board of District Judges, all seven of them, voted not to renew the contract of Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin and sent the strong message that the Board intends to take its oversight duties over County finances very seriously in the future. The Board passed […]

BREAKING NEWS! Montgomery County government makes major stride forward as Board of District Judges refuse to renew County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s contract, lowers Auditor’s Budget by $306K

BREAKING NEWS! Montgomery County government makes major stride forward as Board of District Judges refuse to renew County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s contract, lowers Auditor’s Budget by $306K

Image: Chief Administration Judge Jennifer Robin, the presiding Judge of the 410th District Court, led the historic meeting of the Montgomery County Board of District Judges on Friday, September 14, 2018, at which the Board refused to renew County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s contract, substantially lowered the Auditor’s Departmental Budget, and reasserted appropriate “separation of powers” […]

Editorial: Board of District Judges should strictly enforce Texas Constitution’s “separation of powers,” bring County Auditor’s political involvement to swift halt

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer For at least 32 years, Montgomery County taxpayers have had to go it alone without any independent audit of County government finances. That’s led to disastrous consequences, such as massive overspending, a County Auditor acting as an advocate for Commissioners Court spending programs, nepotism, conflicts of interest, favoritism towards certain citizens […]

BREAKING NEWS! County Auditor Martin’s secret budget request to Board of District Judges raises troubling questions about her performance

BREAKING NEWS! Conroe, September 14 – The Golden Hammer has obtained County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s secret budget request to the Board of District Judges which she presented to them on Monday, September 10, 2018. Martin’s secret budget request raises troubling questions about her job performance and her independence as an auditor. Martin provided a 9-page submittal […]

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