Editorial: The Golden Hammer’s ratings of Commissioners Court meetings about to begin again; beware because they’ll be brutal

Kelli Ann Cook, Publisher, The Golden Hammer The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, will continue its popular ratings of Commissioners Court meetings over the next few days. We will continue the ratings for Fiscal Year 2020, which began on October 1, 2019. Our last article providing ratings published on December 17, 2019, concerning the […]

Riley’s defensiveness about unpopular thoroughfare projects he put on Major Thoroughfare Plan casts negative pall over Commissioners Court meeting

Riley’s defensiveness about unpopular thoroughfare projects he put on Major Thoroughfare Plan casts negative pall over Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley exhibited shame over his terrible work on mobility projects to create the mess in his Commissioners Precinct 2. The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, December 17 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley continued to display his lack of diligence and lack of knowledge concerning Montgomery […]

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 […]

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 […]

Montgomery County Commissioners Court squanders contingency fund despite hurricane, tropical storm season

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Conroe, September 20 – A hour of citizen comments against and for the Montgomery County Commissioners Court squandering $474,608.50 on nonprofit organizations for which state law prohibits such payments seemed to make no difference. By a 3 to 2 vote, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley, Precinct 1 County […]

Lightning strikes Montgomery County Commissioners Court, as all five members receive perfect scores on most important vote of year

Lightning strikes Montgomery County Commissioners Court, as all five members receive perfect scores on most important vote of year

Image: The Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted unanimously to adopt a Fiscal Year 2020 Budget at the “effective tax rate,” meaning that the Court would not raise property taxes on the citizens of Montgomery County. From left to right, Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, Montgomery County Judge Mark […]

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 […]

Noack’s self-inflicted wound swamps June 11 County Commissioners Court meeting ratings, Keough opposes, Metts obviously troubled

Noack’s self-inflicted wound swamps June 11 County Commissioners Court meeting ratings, Keough opposes, Metts obviously troubled

Image: On June 11, 2019, Noack hid behind Budget Director Amanda Carter who placed his proposal on the agenda to allow him to make hiring, firing, promotion, and other personnel decisions in secret. Noack’s proposal was completely irrational and harmed Noack more than it helped Noack or anyone else. It illustrates the fact that group […]

Keough, Noack, Metts show strong leadership during May 28 Commissioners Court meeting

Keough, Noack, Metts show strong leadership during May 28 Commissioners Court meeting

Image: Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough exhibited strong and positive leadership during the May 28, 2019, meeting of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. Conroe, June 4 – Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, and Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts showed strong leadership during the May 28, 2019, meeting of […]

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