Judge Mark Keough’s first move is to reduce his own salary at Montgomery County Commissioners Court

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It was Judge Mark Keough’s first Montgomery County Commissioners Court meeting as the new county judge Jan. 8, and his first move was to decrease his own salary by $15,000 along with decreasing his chief of staff’s salary.

Keough’s new salary is $154,774, and his chief of staff’s is $108,959. It was approved unanimously, and the excess funds were shuffled to the Precinct 4 asphalt account.

It was also Precinct 4 Commissioner James Metts’ first court meeting on the job.

“I would like to personally congratulate Commissioner Metts … and also I’m genuinely excited about working with all four of these men,” Keough said.

In other news Jan. 8, commissioners unanimously:

• appointed new officers and directors of the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority, with Commissioner Charlie Riley acting as chairman; Commissioner Mike Meador as vice chairman; Keough as secretary; and Metts as treasurer.
• accepted a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement joint operations program and the Montgomery County Constable Precinct 4 office for overtime funding of $2,000 for fiscal year 2018-19.

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Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.
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