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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.
THE ROLE OF
THE COUNTY ATTORNEY
The county attorney is the chief legal adviser for Montgomery County government. Our office provides legal representation to commissioners court, county elected officials and department heads, and county employees in the act of their official duties. We prosecute juvenile criminal felony offenses and Class A and B misdemeanor offenses committed by children ten (10) years of age or older and under the age of seventeen (17). Our office is responsible for all real estate issues acquisition, use, maintenance and disposition of real estate owned by Montgomery County. We serve as the legal advisers to the local Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (TDFPS) office and provide civil legal litigation services every day. Our office assists local merchants and citizens in collecting amounts stolen through worthless checks. We help citizens obtain civil commitments for those who have family members suffering from severe mental health issues and private citizens obtain protective orders against those that are committing family violence against them.
Bush counters in open records battle involving county treasurer race
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Montgomery County treasurer candidate Melanie Bush has filed a brief with the Texas Attorney General’s Office in response to County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport’s brief seeking an AG’s Opinion regarding whether the Treasurer Office Procedure Guides developed in 2014 are exempt from the Public Information Act.Davenport, who was appointed treasurer in 2013 and ran unopposed in 2014, has cited potential security risks of information and funds entrusted to her office as the reason not to release some of the documents Bush requested Dec. 1. There was other financial information Bush requested that Davenport, who created the manual, did release.However, Davenport, in her letter to the AG, maintains there are 700 pages of documents in her guide that contain “a combination of steps, much like a combination to a safe,” and therefore “constitute a measure of internal controls and anti-fraud measures.”…READ MORE
County treasurer blocks challenger’s access to department procedure, policy manual
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Montgomery County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport has blocked an open records request from challenger Melanie Bush for the department’s policy and procedure manual, instead seeking an Attorney General opinion as well as input from Commissioners Court on the matter.
Davenport, who first agreed to release the documents, believes the manual is exempt from the Texas Public Information Act because it contains proprietary and personal information. She has placed an item on the Commissioners Court agenda for Tuesday to discuss the disclosure of office policies and procedures. The court will meet at 9:30 a.m. on the fourth floor of the Alan B. Sadler Building, located at 501 N. Thompson St…READ MORE
FEATURED CASE WATCH
CAPITAL MURDER CONVICTION FOR 1998 BURNING OF ROBERT MIDDLETON STANDS
On Friday, October 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Texas denied Don Collins’s request to have his capital murder conviction reviewed by that court. District Attorney Brett Ligon and County Attorney J D Lambright have both expressed their satisfaction with the ruling.
District Attorney Ligon commented that “the prosecutors who secured justice for Robert Middleton are the best Montgomery County has to offer. They each left their families for two weeks to live in hotel rooms in Galveston where the case had been transferred on a change of venue. The Middleton family deserved this justice and we were proud to be able to deliver”.