County government’s FY 2022 Preliminary Budget reveals complete failure of Keough, County Commissioners to seek efficiencies, spending cuts

County government’s FY 2022 Preliminary Budget reveals complete failure of Keough, County Commissioners to seek efficiencies, spending cuts

Image: While Huell Babineaux enjoyed lying down on “other people’s money,” Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough and the Commissioners Court love spending yours. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, July 20 – On Friday, July 16, 2021, Montgomery County Budget Director Amanda Carter released the Fiscal Year 2022 Preliminary Budget, which revealed the abject failure […]

The Golden Hammer exclusive: secret documents reveal Montgomery County towing advisory board pushes more restrictive “towopoly” to use regulation to crush competition

The Golden Hammer exclusive: secret documents reveal Montgomery County towing advisory board pushes more restrictive “towopoly” to use regulation to crush competition

Image: A select group of Montgomery County towing companies have created the perfect situation where they control the Montgomery County Commissioners Court’s towing policy and push their competition out of business. A secret cache of documents from the so-called “towing advisory board” to the Commissioners Court has revealed their intentions to knock business competitors out […]

Riley, Commissioners Court ignore ESD #10, Magnolia VFD sex scandal, appoint new ESD Commissioners

Riley, Commissioners Court ignore ESD #10, Magnolia VFD sex scandal, appoint new ESD Commissioners

Image: Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley continued to ignore the seriousness of the ESD #10, Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department sex and financial improprieties scandal at the Tuesday, March 9, 2021, Commissioners Court meeting. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Magnolia, March 10 – Willful secrecy and ignorance plagued Precinct 2 Montgomery County […]

Editorial: For salaries of $178,134.34 per year, it’s time for Montgomery County Commissioners to do their job!

Editorial: For salaries of $178,134.34 per year, it’s time for Montgomery County Commissioners to do their job!

Kelli Ann Cox, Publisher, The Golden Hammer It’s truly unbelievable. Why can’t the County Commissioners and the Montgomery County Judge do their jobs? They surely are able to collect their paychecks. We pay members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court $178,134.34 per year in salaries. In addition to that, they receive $71,788.14 in annual benefits, for […]

OCA’s Jensen’s resignation, oversight failure cast pall over final Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting of Fiscal Year 2019

Conroe, October 14 – Montgomery County Office of Court Administration (OCA) Director Nathan Jensen resigned on Monday, September 23, 2019, as a result of criticism he received from Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack for Jensen’s failure to warn the Commissioners Court and the Board of District Judges of major cost overruns in the […]

Power Top Ten #6: Commissioner James Noack

Power Top Ten #6: Commissioner James Noack

Image: Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack has been amassing bureaucratic influence within the Montgomery County government, especially after his grand bargain with the “establishment” during the 2017 budget hearings. Conroe and The Woodlands, December 13 – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack is the sixth (6th) Most Powerful Person of the Top […]

Is the Montgomery County Commissioners Court gullible, stupid, or corrupt? ERP lunacy dominates October 9 meeting

Conroe, October 29 – On this 89th anniversary of the Stock Market Crash, it seems appropriate to ask the question: is the Montgomery County Commissioners Court gullible, stupid, or corrupt? The Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) lunacy dominated the October 9, 2018, Commissioners Court meeting. This meeting was the first of Fiscal Year 2019. After promises […]

Greedy wolves strike! Noack leads Commissioners Court to give themselves 3% pay raise

Greedy wolves strike! Noack leads Commissioners Court to give themselves 3% pay raise

Image: Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack has worked directly against citizen interests for approximately one year with the goal of giving himself a substantial salary increase. Noack struct successfully at the Friday, July 27, 2018, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. Conroe, July 28 – Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack, who […]

Stark contrasts in victory speeches may portend differences in style between Montgomery County Commissioners Metts, Riley

Splendora and Magnolia, May 24 – The contrast between the victory speeches of Precinct 4 County Commissioner-Elect James Metts and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, who won re-election, after the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Elections reflects what may be a very different style between the two public servants. Metts spoke humbly to thank […]