A news release issued earlier this afternoon by the Missouri Department of Revenue said St. Joseph License LLC had been selected to run the St. Joseph office following a competitive bid process.
The five offices awarded today are the latest to have their management chosen using a comprehensive bidding process that was implemented when Gov. Nixon took office on Jan. 12. The process calls for people or groups to submit detailed bids to obtain the management contracts to operate the offices. The Cassville and Chillicothe license offices both received one bid, Grandview received two bids, and Joplin and St. Joseph both received four bids.
Corporation records filed with the Missouri Secretary of State's office indicate the registered agent for Saint Joseph License LLC (you have to spell out Saint or you will not find it) is Montee, ex-husband of State Auditor Susan Montee, Saint Joseph LLC was formed Feb. 23, 2009, with the purpose of "licensing and all other legal acts permitted limited," according to the incorporation document.
Saint Joseph License LLC was formed the same day as Lee's Summit License LLC, the firm which received the contract to operate the Lee's Summit license fee office on June 2.
Montee was also involved in a successful bid earlier this month to run the Liberty fee office.
The bids have been heavily criticized by the Missouri GOP, which notes Montee has bee a big-time contributor to the Democratic party, though he did not make any cnntributions to Gov. Jay Nixon.