The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe, January 7 – The Montgomery County Ethics Commission held its historic first meeting on Monday, January 6, 2020, in the Commissioners Courtroom in the Sadler Administration in downtown Conroe. As one of its first acts of business, the Commission’s nine members in attendance voted unanimously to elect Amanda Whittington as the first Chair of the governmental body.
Whittington recently retired as a Montgomery County employee. She had worked as an Administrative Assistant for Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough. Prior to working in the County Judge’s Office, Whittington had been the long time Court Administrator and Court Coordinator for the 284th District Court where she worked for District Judge Olen Underwood and District Judge Cara Wood.
The Commission meeting began with Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough telling the nine members, “On behalf of the people of Montgomery County, thank you.” Keough remarked that Montgomery County has become a regional leader in government reform.
“You guys are the last line of defense,” Keough told the Commission members who, under the provisions of the JD Lambright Local Government Ethics Reform Act, which the 86th Texas Legislature passed and Governor Greg Abbott signed into law on June 14, 2019, are to write an ethics code and then provide the enforcement mechanism for it. “What you do when elected official decides to go south on you, it’s up to you,” the “People’s Judge,” Keough told them.