Conroe, January 12 – The Golden Hammer obtained secret documents today which show beyond any doubt that former County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport repeatedly lied to the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and to many others when she claimed she never intended to promote former County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter, Lindsey, to the position of Deputy County Treasurer. Among documents in Davenport’s mess of an office which she left behind after her term as Treasurer ended on December 31 was a “Treasurer Staff Structure Proposal October 2016” which showed Lindsey Doyal unequivocally as “Chief Deputy Treasurer” to manage all Treasurer Operations, act as “peronell manager” (sic), act as the Treasurer’s Compliance Officer, and “Oversee Budget.”
After this newspaper obtained the documents, The Golden Hammer asked reform County Treasurer Melanie Pryor Bush to explain from whence the documents came. Bush explained, “I found this document among a ton of files in [former Assistant Treasurer] Judy Taranago’s files. There were personnel files and PDQs [Personnel Description Questionnaires] left so anyone would have access. This document was stuck in among those files.”
Bush said, “To me, this organizational chart document shows a proposed reorganization that has been denied by this office.”
Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport lied to the Commissioners Court and to the public on at least two counts with respect to her “reorganization” of her 6-person County Department which the Commissioners Court approved on a 3 to 1 vote on March 14, 2017.
After Montgomery County Human Resources (HR) Director Dodi Shaw finally broke her silence and spoke with The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, this newspaper confirmed that County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport lied (1) when she told the Commissioners Court on March 14, 2017, that someone in her Treasurer’s department had made a “mistake” in preparing a Personnel Description Questionnaire (PDQ) showing that the County Judge’s daughter would receive a substantial promotion to Deputy County Treasurer with a substantial raise as part of the “reorganization,” and (2) when Davenport repeatedly told numerous citizens who asked that promoting the County Judge’s daughter was never part of the proposed reorganization.
September 26, 2016, meeting between Davenport, the HR directors, and the County Judge’s daughter
On September 26, 2016, Davenport brought the County Judge’s daughter, who is a payroll assistant in her department, to a meeting with HR Director Dodi Shaw and HR Assistant Director Kathy Flowers in the conference room of the HR Department. Davenport requested the meeting to discuss a proposed “reorganization” of the 6-person County Treasurer’s Department.
Shaw and Flowers have confirmed precisely where each of the meeting participants sat during the meeting and appear to have a vivid recollection of the events which transpired. Flowers and Shaw have explained that they sat on the north side of the conference table with Davenport and Judge Doyal’s daughter on the south side.
The meeting began with Davenport trying to seek assurance, wrongfully, that “all conversations within this room [would be] kept confidential” as Davenport herself admitted in a letter she wrote to jim fredricks, Doyal’s “chief of staff” on January 9, 2017. The State of Texas has a policy of “open government” and “transparency.” Davenport’s attempt at secrecy started the meeting badly. In her January 9, 2017, memorandum, Davenport admitted that “I presented Dodi [Shaw, HR Director] with PDQs [Position Description Questionnaires] for 6 full-time positions and 1 part-time position.” Shaw, in her February 13, 2017, letter rebutting several accusations Davenport made against her, agreed with that portion of Davenport’s description of the meeting.
But where the events got a bit hazy was in the origin of the PDQs. Davenport has refused to disclose who actually prepared the PDQs.
Since Shaw and Flowers have now disclosed that Davenport physically handed the PDQs to Flowers across the conference room table during the September 26 meeting, it’s quite difficult for Davenport not to claim authorship or for Davenport to attempt to shift the blame for the content of the PDQs to someone else in her Treasurer’s Department or otherwise.
The September 6 PDQ stated it was “PREPARED BY STEPHANNE DAVENPORT, MONTGOMERY COUNTY TREASURER.” The September 6 PDQ proposed a promotion of County Judge Craig Doyal’s daughter to the position of “ASSISTANT COUNTY TREASURER.” There’s no subtlety about that.
Since we now know that Davenport physically handed the PDQs to Flowers at the beginning of the meeting and the first page of the PDQs contained those statements about their preparation and the promotion for Doyal’s daughter, it’s all now very clear.
Autumn 2016 machinations
In an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack explained that “During a break in a Tuesday Commissioners Court meeting in late September or early October, 2016, Judge Doyal asked me whether I’d support a promotion of his daughter Lindsey Doyal to the position of Deputy County Treasurer. I told him that he’d have to explain that rationale for that promotion to the entire Commissioners Court before I decided anything like that.”
The Publisher of The Golden Hammer received more than two dozen tips during October and November, 2016, from multiple County employees that Davenport intended to promote the County Judge’s daughter as part of her departmental “reorganization.” When the Publisher asked Davenport and her husband, they both denied that there was any proposal to promote the Judge’s daughter. (Of course, during that time frame, The Golden Hammer did not yet exist and the Publisher hadn’t seen the actual September 26 PDQs.)
Both Davenports lied about whether a proposal to promote Lindsey Doyal was on the table.
March 14, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting
During her fiery presentation to the Commissioners Court, on March 14, 2017, which she read entirely from a prepared statement, Stephanne Davenport accused Shaw and the entire HR Department of a “huge lack of integrity.” Davenport then proceeded to tell the shocked room full of people that she does not “exploit” or “magnify” mistakes. Davenport told the Commissioners Court that the draft PDQs were “mistakes” but she refused to identify who drafted the document, which states “PREPARED BY STEPHANNE DAVENPORT” which she physically handed to Flowers during the September 26 meeting. Davenport told the Commissioners Court that she refused to disclose the document author because “mistakes are not exploited or magnified in my Department.”
Stephanne Davenport, County Judge Doyal, and Doyal’s daughter are close friends. Davenport and Doyal’s daughter have traveled together and gone on vacation together. Doyal contributes substantial funds to Davenport’s political campaigns. Doyal paid Marc Davenport $5,000 as a fee to represent Doyal in negotiations for a November 2015 road bond referendum.
In an exclusive interview with The Golden Hammer on February 19, 2017, Stephanne Davenport stated, “By definition, nepotism is an abuse of power. Nepotism does not occur in my department. Yes, I house the daughter of the County Judge. However, the County Judge does not interfere with the day to day operations of my employees.”
Despite recognizing that nepotism “is an abuse of power,” Davenport has pushed her political career forward with nepotism as an engine. It’s important to recall that Davenport’s friendship with Doyal’s daughter was an important reason Doyal, then as Precinct 2 County Commissioner, pushed Davenport as the appointee to replace Gustavsen.
Discovery of secret cache of documents left behind by disgraced Treasurer Davenport
Bush, the current Treasurer who defeated Davenport in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election by a landslide margin, found the hidden organizational chart during the process of organizing the County Treasurer’s Office after the disarray which Davenport left. This newspaper obtained the document yesterday morning after hearing about its existence from sources inside of the Sadler Administration Building.
Bush left a note attached to the hidden organizational chart in which she commented, “I found this among files loose in Judy Taranto’s old office as I was cleaning things out. I believe this should be in Lindsey or Stephanne’s personnel file. Thank you, Melanie Bush.”
A complete copy of the note appears at the bottom of this article.
Bush’s note has another note from County government Human Resources Director Dodi Shaw at the bottom of it dated January 11, 2019: “1/11/19 – Spoke to Melanie and advised her this would not be something we would normally place in a personnel file but we can place it in the County Treasurer’s PDQ file. Dodi Shaw, HR Director.”
Clearly, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, who was a paid consultant to then-County Judge Craig Doyal at the time, and his wife County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, who was a member of the Davenport Ring of corrupt officials who took their direction from the corrupt boss Marc Davenport, sought to provide a nepotistic promotion to Lindsey Doyal, Doyal’s daughter, while lying to the public that there intentions were the opposite.