Assistant County Attorney – The Montgomery County Attorney’s office is seeking an experienced transactional attorney for its Government Affairs Division. This attorney will join a team consisting of two other attorneys and four legal assistants.The ideal candidate must have strong writing, research, organizational, and communication skills, as well as an interest in public sector law. Additionally, strong interpersonal skills are essential to deal effectively with elected officials, department managers, county staff, and the public…READ FULL POSTING
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Local ordinances are laws, rules, or regulations passed by a political subdivision smaller than a state or nation. In Montgomery County, ordinances are passed by the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to govern certain activities designed to protect and improve the quality of life for residents, businesses, and visitors.
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Sheriff adjusts step pay plan, looks to overhaul program
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Less than a year after Montgomery County commissioners approved a change in the county’s step pay program to allow salary increases for county peace officers based on their anniversary date, Sheriff Rand Henderson is working to give the program another overhaul…READ MORE
Noack threatens petition to force public vote on Texas 249 toll road project
Monday, April 9, 2018
Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack says he plans on starting a petition to force a public vote on the controversial Texas 249 toll road project if members of Commissioners Court move forward with a $56 million construction contract under a specific section of the Texas Transportation Code… READ MORE
Montgomery HS forum to address drug awareness, bullying Monday
Saturday, April 7, 2018
The Montgomery ISD administration, police chief, county attorney, district attorney and drug counselors will give presentations addressing drug awareness and bullying/cyberbullying during a parent forum starting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Montgomery High School auditorium… READ MORE
County to provide credit monitoring service for those affected by information release
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
According to County Attorney J D Lambright, a total of 79 people were affected by the release of information; however, nine of theme are deceased. Of the remaining 70 individuals, 58 are current employees and 12 are former employees. Most of the current employees are law enforcement personnel, Lambright said. The plan will cover the monitoring service for a year at a cost up to $400. Lambright said the employees would determine what service they want and the county would pay that cost up front as long as the current and former employees provide proof they did set up monitoring. If they have not, they will be responsible for returning that money to the county. Additionally, Lambright said, as part of the plan, those employees must release the county from any liability related to the release of their information…READ MORE
Lambright believes treasurer’s data breach avoidable; Davenport says her office followed AG ruling on redactions
Saturday, March 10, 2018
In a statement, County Attorney J D Lambright said it is his “understanding that this release occurred because the treasurer’s office simply redacted information based solely on the notations from the Attorney General’s Office, rather than applying the actual Attorney General Letter Ruling that was sent directly to the treasurer on February 28, 2018.” According to Lambright, the AG’s Office identified “some” exceptions to the act directly on the documents. However, he said, it was Davenport’s responsibility for completing the redactions in accordance with both the AG ruling and the exception the AG noted on the physical documents.
FEATURED CASE WATCH
As the federal lawsuit progresses against Montgomery County on invocations in courtrooms, the county recently entered into an agreement with an additional law firm that will serve as co-counsel.
Montgomery County Attorney J D Lambright announced the agreement between the county and Baker Botts, a nationwide law firm with an office in downtown Houston, during Commissioners Court Tuesday.
“I received a call a few weeks ago from an attorney with Baker Botts stating their interest in joining us with this suit as co-counsel,” Lambright said. “The only monies that will be spent on this is out-of-pocket costs, but we do not perceive this costing us any money. We handle federal lawsuits all of the time, so it’s not that we can’t handle this case; we just wanted additional brainpower.” The addition of Baker Botts will be of no charge to the county since they will work pro bono alongside the County Attorney.
Plaintiffs with the Freedom of Religion Foundation originally filed suit against Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack in March 2017 before clarifying their intentions, stating they were suing Mack in his official capacity as a justice of the peace.
“If anybody sues a county individual in their official capacity, that’s the same thing as bringing a suit against the county,” Lambright said.
“We filed a motion to dismiss because of Mack’s judicial immunity,” said Hiram Sasser, deputy general counsel with First Liberty Institute, which represented Mack. “He was dismissed from the suit in a personal capacity. The main issue with this suit is whether it is under or not under the Supreme Court ruling in a previous case that an authority can order Mack to alter his policy on how he runs the courtroom.”
In the suit, two attorneys and another person who was in Mack’s courtroom on official business claim they felt prejudiced by Mack during separate dockets in 2014. The Freedom from Religion Foundation believes the religious prayer practice Mack initiated in his court violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
According to Lambright, the suit now only has two plaintiffs as the third was dismissed because there was no standing.
In his courtroom, Mack allows for voluntary chaplains to open ceremonies with an invocation and the Pledge of Allegiance. The volunteer chaplaincy program includes leaders from multiple faiths, such as Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Mormon religious leaders.
“Our last time in court, we filed a motion to dismiss, which if the judge had allowed that, this would all go away and we’d have no lawsuit. But it will continue to proceed,” Lambright said.
In two separate cases – Marsh v. Chambers (1983) and Town of Greece v. Galloway (2014) – the Supreme Court found that invocations before government meetings are fully consistent with the Constitution and an important part of America’s history and tradition.
“This is not a slam dunk case by any means,” Lambright said. “Eventually, a court could rule what Mack does in the courtroom is unconstitutional. We know for a fact the judge hearing our case doesn’t like what Mack does and the one thing that sets this case off is the difference of legislative prayer and judicial prayer.”
The case is set to be heard by the judge in January 2019.