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This is the twenty-fifth post in an ongoing series as we file Missouri Sunshine Law (RSMo 610) requests and investigate the non-renewal of the contract of University of Central Missouri President Aaron Podolefsky. Links to previous coverage are below the fold. BG and MB

We had previously asked for the contract the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors “authorized” with Hutchinson LLC for their services in the upcoming presidential search and had been informed twice that the contract wasn’t “in” yet.

We sent a request again on Sunday (effective Monday morning):

[….]

date: Sun, Nov 8, 2009 at 4:37 PM

subject: Request for information – RSMo 610

This is a request for information under RSMo 610:

A copy of the contract with Ken Hutchinson, Hutchinson Consulting LLC for the presidential search approved by the Board of Governors on October 29, 2009.

On November 1, 2009 I requested the following: “1. A copy of the contract with Ken Hutchinson, Hutchinson Consulting LLC for the presidential search approved by the Board of Governors on October 29, 2009.”

On November 4, 2009 I received the following reply: “The contract has not been finalized and therefore, is not available.”

Is the contract now finalized and available? If not, when do you anticipate that it will be?

Thank you for your assistance.

[….]

We promptly received the following reply:

[….]

date: Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 8:46 AM

subject: Re: Request for information – RSMo 610

[….]

In response to your request, dated 11/8/09 and received on 11/9/09, we anticipate the contract with Ken Hutchinson of Hutchinson Consulting LLC, will be available within the next couple of weeks.  Once all signatures have been obtained and the contract is completed, a copy will be provided to you.

[….]

Custodian of Records

[….]

Okay. Then what was the hurry in “authorizing” this contract for $80,000 on October 29th? Just asking.

Our previous coverage:

Three steps behind, and to the right (January 25, 2008)

Three steps behind, and to the right, part 2 – a microcosm of our universe (September 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”? (October 15, 2009) (transcript of a portion of the live radio broadcast)

It wasn’t just about a tree (October 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: I heard it on the radio (October 21, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: let’s not get cut out of the will (October 22, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: $87.75 will get you one sheet of paper (October 23, 2009)



“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: They’re not playing hardball, they’re playing cat and mouse
 (October 23, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: a cola and some scoreboards (October 24, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: a few more pieces of the puzzle? (October 28, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: your silence means consent (October 29, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: let’s not get cut out of the will, part 2 (October 30, 2009)

Old media irony impairment (October 30, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement?”: I heard it on the radio, part 2 (October 31, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: where everybody knows your name (October 31, 2009)

Methinks that someone is paying attention! (November 2, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: Bond, Stadium Bond (November 4, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: where everybody knows your name, part 2 (November 4, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: I heard it on the radio, part 3 (November 5, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: nothing succeeds like success (November 6, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: your Friday news dump (November 6, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: nothing exceeds like excess (November 7, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: a grade for Accounting 101 (November 7, 2009)

“A Gentleman’s Agreement”?: there ought to be a law