Something strange happened at Monday’s Board meeting. And it piggy-backs on something that happened a while ago. You see, back in February, 2013 the Board met in closed door “executive” session to discuss a never previously discussed ‘legal matter’ – at least that’s what the agenda stated. We all wondered what legal matters they were once again discussing, but since it was a closed session, we were not allowed to know. However, soon after, a request was made and approved for a $150,000 contract with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP for “Installation of Governance Evaluation & Accountability Systems”, which apparently went over budget by 100%, for a total of approximately $300,000 spent. [Click here to view this agenda item.]
Now, Monday, October 7, a request was made and approved for $600,000 for the “Extension of Contract with McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP for Installation of Governance Evaluation & Accountability Systems”. [Click here to view this agenda item.] There was much discussion, during which as you can see in the video clip below, Michael Thurmond exclaimed in exasperation, “This is not for legal services!” [Time: 23:10]
So, now what? Thurmond has basically just admitted that he and the board conducted business behind closed doors. In addition, the board asked him to bring back more details and yet surprisingly somehow in the end, at the business meeting, after much arguing at the work session, Thurmond was granted full permission to negotiate another contract with MLA for an additional $600,000 over and above the $300,000 already spent.
Watch Thurmond accuse the board of micromanaging and insulting him at 49:20.
View the final decision at 51:56.
View the entire meeting and read detailed notes at Stan Jester’s FACT CHECKER by clicking here.