District Judge Robin’s extraordinary presentation to Commissioners Court asking for “external assessment” of County Auditor Martin suggests Robin may be next “rock star” in Montgomery County politics

District Judge Robin’s extraordinary presentation to Commissioners Court asking for “external assessment” of County Auditor Martin suggests Robin may be next “rock star” in Montgomery County politics

Image: 410th District Judge Jennifer Robin during her presentation to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on April 10, 2018. Standing next to Judge Robin is Nathan Jensen, Director of the Montgomery County Office of Court Administration. Conroe, April 16 – 410th District Judge Jennifer Robin made a remarkable presentation to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court […]

Board of District Judges votes to recommend external assessment of Montgomery County Auditor, sets procedures for County Auditor’s budget, possible re-appointment

Conroe, March 29 – A very conscientious but tiny contingent of the Montgomery County Board of District Judges held an open meeting today to discuss procedures for evaluating the work of Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin, who works for them, and for determining whether they should re-appoint Martin to another two-year term at the end […]

Editorial: The Board of District Judges should immediately terminate County Auditor Phyllis Martin for the “Up-YOU-affer”

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer The Board of District Judges should terminate Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin immediately for her publication and use of County government tax dollars for a public advertising announcement which she calls the PAFR and which she ought to call the UPUIAFR (pronounced Up-YOU-affer) for “UnPopular Unnecessary Insulting Annual Financial Report.” The […]

Doyal seeks to ensure County spending after he’s gone with secretive hiring of Montgomery County Budget Director along with more than $300K of spending

Conroe, March 19 – In two secret Executive Sessions, outside of the permitted actions in such meetings under the Texas Open Meetings Act, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal has led the Commissioners Court to hire a Budget Director to head up a new County bureaucracy under the name of the “Budget Office.” The citizens of […]

Major County financial reporting and manipulation issue erupts during District Judge debate, portends need for reforms during 2018

Major County financial reporting and manipulation issue erupts during District Judge debate, portends need for reforms during 2018

Image: Moderator Paul Gebolys and candidates Jo Ann Linzer and Kristin Bays enjoy a laugh, as they discuss the doctrine of reliction under Texas law, before the beginning of the first 284th District Judge candidate forum of the 2018 election cycle and Shenandoah City Hall on January 4, 2018. Conroe, January 5 – A major issue […]

County Auditor Martin creates bureaucratic accounting snafu for Precinct 3 Constable Gable

Conroe, October 2 – Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable’s request to carry forward unused salary and benefit funds from his Constable Precinct 3 operating funds gave rise to quite the bureacratic snafu at the Tuesday, September 26, 2017, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioner’s Court. Fortunately, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack suggested a solution […]

Four out of five Commissioners Court members receive “The Golden Hammer Award” for charging taxpayers millions for unspent funds

Conroe, September 14 – Leveraging the words out of the mouth of Assistant County Attorney B.D. Griffin, who will say just about whatever Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal wants him to say as a legal opinion, four members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted to do precisely what Griffin told them on August 22, […]

Bays to run for 284th District Court, emphasizes strong civil background, fiscal focus for District Judges

Conroe, August 12 – Kristin Bays has announced her candidacy for Judge of the 284th District Court. “I’m excited to be a part of this process, and to be the candidate who will give the people of this County a voice.” Bay explained, “The people spoke – they want specialized courts with specialized judges. The […]

District Court races are critical to the financial future of Montgomery County

Conroe, August 8 – Voters tend not to view judicial elections as important as the executive and legislative roles which the Montgomery County Judge and County Commissioners. Nevertheless, the Texas Constitution and Texas laws have placed District Judges as important overseers of County finances. For that reason, citizens who have a stake in County spending […]

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