Glory Hopkins, Fort Bend County District Clerk
August 24, 2006
It’s the time of the year when Commissioners
Courts adopt budgets. Commissioners in Fort Bend County are in
complete agreement with other county commissioners when it comes to
giving themselves hefty pay increases.
The Waco Tribune-Herald says that
McLennan County “Commissioners sneak in their raise.” A Commissioner
stated, “I think it would be best to talk about it since we don’t
have the newspaperman here right now.” They awarded themselves an
11.8% raise after comparing their salaries to the salary of the Waco
ISD Superintendent of Schools.
Our Commissioners have a much higher
self-esteem quotient than those in Waco, and they are so impressed
with themselves that they want to tie their salaries to the base
salary of State District Court Judges.
County judges and commissioners must get filled
with blinding self-importance at training camp because they spend
most of their terms in office looking in a mirror admiring their own
reflections. They learn the definition of a commissioner is “being
self-employed while picking up a county paycheck”, and probably
spend a lot of time laughing at the poor taxpaying fools back home.
The truth is that our Commissioners Court is
working less and is less informed about County government than any
group in the 20 years I have been your District Clerk. I would like
for you to meet the Commissioners that I know. You may not recognize
The only time that I hear directly from them is
when they want something. They want to avoid jury duty; to help a
friend avoid it; or call me at home for a certified copy of a
divorce decree because an important “personal business” deal needs
closing. Other than that, they speak only through minions.
They aren’t bothered with the mundane functions
of County government. It’s much easier to “delegate” to “committees”
They avoid responsibility and the mental strain
of making educated decisions and have become rubber-stamps using
committees as a clever way to avoid those pesky “open meetings”
requirements when they want to hide from the public and press.
Predetermined goals are achieved “under the radar” of public
scrutiny. High- paying jobs are awarded to unqualified, unemployed
friends. And, while the “volunteers” are doing the Commissioners’
work, they can spend the extra time doing something important like
raising money and campaigning for reelection.
on the Commissioners’ technology committee for nearly 3 years. I
attended over 100 meetings. They expect other elected
officials, department heads, and county employees to quit working
fulltime at our jobs and become their servants. If you complain,
they immediately charge that you are “uncooperative” and “not a team
player.” Since they don’t work fulltime, they can’t understand why
anyone else would want to.
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