Former Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney’s new job with County vendor LJA raises troubling ethics issues

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe and Houston, March 19 – Less than one year after he retired from the Montgomery County government on May 24, 2019, former Montgomery County Engineer Mark Mooney has taken a lucrative position as the Business Development Representative of LJA Engineerning, Inc., a major County vendor over whose work Mooney […]

Passage of Ethics Commission marks positive first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting for Fiscal Year 2020

Passage of Ethics Commission marks positive first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting for Fiscal Year 2020

Image: With Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley absent, the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, at its first regular meeting during Fiscal Year 2020 on October 8, 2019, acted decisively and unanimously in approving an Ethics Commission to take advantage of the provisions of the JD Lambright Local Government Reform Act, which the Texas Legislature […]

Commissioners Court ethics commission selections raise issue whether Lambright Law about to go down in flames

Commissioners Court ethics commission selections raise issue whether Lambright Law about to go down in flames

Image: Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador has nominated City of Conroe Director of Community Development Nancy Mikeska to serve on the Montgomery County Ethics Commissioner for the 2020-2021 term. Mikeska appears with Conroe City Councilmen Raymond McDonald, Jody Czajkoski, and Duane Ham (left to right). Conroe, November 11 – At the Tuesday, November […]

BREAKING NEWS! Montgomery County Commissioners Court opts into Ethics Commission provision of Lambright Local Government Ethics Reform Act

BREAKING NEWS! The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, October 9 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted unanimously, 4 to 0, to opt into the ethics commission provisions of the JD Lambright Local Government Ethics Reform Act. Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley was absent from the meeting. Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, the “People’s […]

Editorial: Fixing the response to hate

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer It’s time for me to shape up (both figuratively and literally). It’s time to respond to hate the right way and not the wrong way. It’s time to stand up for freedom…relentlessly. Background When I was six, I rode my bike over to the YMCA to play basketball. After I finished […]

In campaign where ethics dominates as issue, Walker’s Campaign Finance Report starkly different from opponents in Precinct 1 Commissioner’s race

In campaign where ethics dominates as issue, Walker’s Campaign Finance Report starkly different from opponents in Precinct 1 Commissioner’s race

Image: Robert Walker (right), Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner Mike Meador’s (left) first cousin, is running to replace the retiring Meador. It’s business as usual for Montgomery County vendors who are treating Walker as though he were the incumbent. Conroe and Willis, July 24 – Given the importance of ethics as an issue in the […]

Metts and his allies’ stand against ethics, encouragement of anti-ethics stand overwhelms June 25 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Metts and his allies’ stand against ethics, encouragement of anti-ethics stand overwhelms June 25 Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Precinct 4 Montgomery County Constable Rowdy Hayden (right) faces a 6-month suspension for submitting false government records to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. At the June 25, 2019, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court, Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner James Metts (left) moved to throw Republican Party Vice Chairman Reagan Reed off […]

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon: “We don’t prosecute unethical conduct”

Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon: “We don’t prosecute unethical conduct”

Image: Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon spoke to the Montgomery County Tea Party on “Ethics in the Montgomery County Government” on Monday, July 15, 2019. Conroe, July 17 – Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon spoke about “Ethics in the Montgomery County Government” to the Montgomery County Tea Party on Monday, July 15, 2019. […]

Declaration of Independence suggests citizens’ course of action to reform government

Declaration of Independence suggests citizens’ course of action to reform government

Image: Signing of the Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull (1819). United States of America, July 4 – If one is serious about reforming government, the Declaration of Independence provide the single greatest guide for getting the reform done. The real signing of the Declaration of Independence likely occurred on August 2, 1776, although the Second […]

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