Pardon a little play on the slogan that he made famous locally while campaigning for state representative but here goes...No foolin', no Hohulin.
Though neither former State Representative Bubs Hohulin or his wife, Marilyn, is mentioned by name in the latest news release from the Missouri Department of Revenue, neither will be running the license fee office in Lamar.
The news release was headlined "Lamar motor vehicle driver licensing office will not transition as planned," creating the verb transition.
The release reads, "The Missouri Department of Revenue announced today that the Lamar licensing contract office will not transition to a new agent this week as was announced on May 12.'
It continues, "The department previously announced a tentative employee who has since withdrawn from consideration." That refers to Marilyn Hohulin, whose name was given in the May 12 release, even though nowhere in that release did it refer to her appointment as tentative. The release indicated it was a done deal.
The current contract agent, former Lamar municipal judge Bob Medlin, will continue to run the office, today's release said "until further notice."
In yesterday's Turner Report, it was mentioned that the site that had been designated by the Hohulins as the location for the fee office, 913 Gulf, had a "For Rent" sign on it. The site had been criticized as not having enough parking.
Today's news release says the office will remain at its current location, 104 W. 12th Street.
Today's news release is the latest embarrassment for department concerning the Lamar office. Initially, a news release was published earlier this year saying that the contract office had been awarded to Bubs Hohulin. No mention was made of that appointment being tentative either, so the Missouri Democratic Party filed a complaint with the state Ethics Commission. That complaint was dismissed when the Commission ruled that Hohulin had not been officially appointed to the position. After that, a Department of Revenue spokesman told The Joplin Globe that Hohulin's name was no longer under consideration for the position. Shortly after that, Hohulin's wife, was "tentatively" appointed.