Thanks, Uncle Charlie: Precinct 2 County Commissioner employs, takes good care of nephew with tax dollars

Thanks, Uncle Charlie: Precinct 2 County Commissioner employs, takes good care of nephew with tax dollars

Image: Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley.

Magnolia, January 29 – One of Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s first acts when he came to office in January, 2015, was to give a raise to his nephew who works for him in his Precinct 2 Commissioner’s Precinct Office. Riley’s nephew, Brady Copeland, is Riley’s Signs Supervisor and reports directly to Uncle Charlie Riley. Copeland has one employee who works for him.

Riley is already well known for the “Riley Two-Step” in which he created a new position for his wife, Deanne Riley, so that she would have a plush County government job beginning in 2017 even after Sheriff Rand Henderson made clear that he wouldn’t continue to employ her in the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Riley’s best friend, former Sheriff Tommy Gage, employed Deanne Riley as his personal secretary until Gage retired on December 31, 2016.

Riley has repeatedly denied nepotism – favors granted to relatives – during the campaign for the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, but he’s never had to answer for giving his nephew a raise. In fact, Copeland originally got a job in Commissioners Precinct 2 when Riley, then the Operations Manager in that department, convinced his boss, then County Commissioner Craig Doyal, to hire Riley’s nephew who desperately needed a job.

Here’s the chronology.

Riley’s nepotism with his nephew Brady Copeland

Brady Copeland, the son of Debbie Copeland, who is Deanne Riley’s sister, badly needed a job in 2004. Charlie Riley came to work as Doyal’s Operations Manager in Precinct 2 after Charlie and Deanne Riley’s attempt to operate a private business was a disaster that resulted in their filing Chapter 7 bankruptcy on February 4, 2002. After the Rileys got away from paying their debts to their creditors, they’ve stayed on the public dole ever since.

On May 25, 2004, Riley, as Operations Manager, hired his nephew, Brady, as a Precinct 2 truck driver. Riley’s boss, Doyal, got the new hire approved in the Montgomery County Commissioners Court the previous day.

One year later, Uncle Charlie promoted his nephew to an Operator II working for the Montgomery County government in Precinct 2, effective May 23, 2005. On November 13, 2006, Riley promoted his nephew to Supervisor in the Precinct 2 Road Signs Department.

Several current and former employees of Riley’s in Precinct 2 have confirmed that Brady Copeland regularly receives overtime and comp time well over and above what most of the employees in that Department receive. On June 15, 2009, Riley gave Copeland 100 hours of Copeland’s accrued comp time at the rate of $17.33 per hour, for a total payment of $1,733.00.

After Riley became the Precinct 2 Commissioner, he took even better care of his nephew. On January 26, 2015, Riley went before the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and got them to give his nephew a raise, as one of Riley’s first actions as a new County Commissioner. Riley never disclosed to the Commissioners Court that Brady Copeland is Riley’s nephew. The promotion Uncle Charlie gave to his nephew was effective January 1, 2015, the day Riley came into office as the Commissioner.

January 26, 2015, Commissioners Court minutes excerpt showing Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley moving to give a raise to his nephew Brady Copeland.

In short, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley’s first act in office was to give a member of his family a raise from taxpayer funds without disclosing the family relationship to the Commissioners Court. Riley placed the item on the agenda and made the “request.”

Riley’s nephew currently make $48,776 in salary, plus County benefits of approximately $19,656, for total annual compensation of $68,432. Riley nephew’s wife, Kristi, got a job in the Magnolia Independent School District where Riley, a former Magnolia ISD Board member, seems to have his way in just about every respect.

Thanks, Uncle Charlie!

 

 

 

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