Confrontation between Commissioners, District Judges dominates Court meeting

Confrontation between Commissioners, District Judges dominates Court meeting

Image: Chief Administrative Judge and 410th District Court Judge Jennifer Robin spoke for the Board of District Judges to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court on Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Conroe, September 21 – September 11, 2018, seemingly had several perils for Montgomery County taxpayers. While the Montgomery County Commissioners Court spent a lot of money, […]

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” […]

District Judge Michalk harshly criticizes Montgomery County Auditor Martin on ERP secrecy

Conroe, September 2 – 221st District Judge Lisa Michalk harshly criticized Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin for Martin’s failure to disclose to and communicate with the Board of District Judges about the $14.85 million Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software Martin has pushed the taxpayers to purchase. Despite not reviewing any contract, any specifications or terms […]

Montgomery County Auditor Martin embarrassed as Board of District Judges, under Robin’s leadership, begin real oversight

Montgomery County Auditor Martin embarrassed as Board of District Judges, under Robin’s leadership, begin real oversight

Image: Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin hides her face from the citizens and from The Golden Hammer‘s watchful eye, as the Board of District Judges chided her for failing to provide sufficient backup materials to support her request for a hefty salary increase for herself and for her bureaucratic staff. Expecting to waltz out of the […]

Board of District Judges to meet today (Friday, August 10) for County Auditor Budget hearing; unclear if they’ll finally fulfill the Noack-Doyal promise to cut Auditor’s budget by at least $300K

Board of District Judges to meet today (Friday, August 10) for County Auditor Budget hearing; unclear if they’ll finally fulfill the Noack-Doyal promise to cut Auditor’s budget by at least $300K

Image: Montgomery County Auditor Phyllis Martin. Conroe, August 10 – The Board of District Judges of Montgomery County will meet today, Friday, August 10, 2018, at High Noon, in the 2nd Floor Overflow Courtroom (southeast corner) of the Main Courthouse, 301 North Thompson Street, Conroe, to review and approve a budget for the Montgomery County […]

Citizen oversight of financial action of Board of District Judges set to begin on Friday, August 10, at 12 noon, when they finally address County Auditor’s salary, budget

Conroe, July 21 – The Board of District Judges will finally have the long-awaited opportunity to make their financial mark on the Montgomery County government when they meet on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 12 noon, in the Overflow Courtroom (the old 410th) in the southeast corner of the Main Courthouse, Second Floor. The Board […]

Montgomery County District Judge Robin’s letter raises issues of balance between additional courthouse security and government financial restraint

Montgomery County District Judge Robin’s letter raises issues of balance between additional courthouse security and government financial restraint

Image: Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the Judge Julie Kocurek Courthouse and Judicial Security Act into law on May 27, 2017, with Judge Kocurek (standing immediately to the left of the Governor in white shirt with dark jacket) joining the ceremony. The Kocurek Act encouraged counties to establish Courthouse Security Committees to improve security inside […]

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 […]

Board of District Judges rejects County Auditor’s request for pay raise

Conroe, July 6 – The Board of District Judges emphatically rejected County Auditor Phyllis Martin’s request for a pay raise and voted to keep her salary the same, regardless of whether every other employee in Montgomery County’s government receives a cost of living pay raise or not. The vote, which occurred during the Board’s meeting […]