Shellie Guin of the Guin Mondorf law firm is "dating" the highest paid superintendent in Missouri, David McGehee of Lee's Summit, according to the Kansas City Star.
McGehee told the Lee's Summit Board of Education about the romance
and says it has not created any problems, even though Guin Mondorf handles nearly all of the district's legal business.
As for his personal relationship with Guin, McGehee said that he notified board members of that last summer.
“It’s not like we’re hiding it from anybody,” McGehee said in an interview after a board meeting last month. “I don’t find that there’s any conflict of interest.”
McGehee said he has since worked with board members to ensure any district business that affects him is not handled by Guin.
McGehee said Tuesday he has always negotiated his contracts directly with the board — not through an attorney — and that his contract is later reviewed by another attorney at Guin’s firm, but not Guin herself.
(Board member Terri) Harmon said the school board brought in an outside firm to review the impact of the relationship between McGehee and Guin and decided there was no conflict of interest.
At least two board members do not agree with that assessment, with one, Bill Baird, calling for the resignation of McGehee, who makes $397,000 a year. McGehee, apparently not appreciating Baird's stance, has publicly called on Baird to resign.
A state audit criticized the hiring of Guin Mondorf without any bidding process, according to the Star article:
McGehee satisfied part of the audit when he signed a written agreement with Guin for her to act as a legal counsel for the district. Baird said he objected that the contract was never approved by the school board.
McGehee said that, despite the auditor’s recommendations, the district does not need to bid out its legal services.
Guin said that to avoid violating Missouri Bar rules, she was having other attorneys at her firm do work that dealt with McGehee directly.
Guin Mondorf represented the R-8 Board of Education last summer when three Joplin residents filed for a writ of mandamus asking a judge to appoint Jim Kimbrough to the board of education and prevent the seating of Jasper County Commission appointees Gary Nodler, Sallie Beard, and Ron Gatz.
Guin is also featured prominently in my book Silver Lining in a Funnel Cloud for her role as the prosecutor at my termination hearing on May 23, 2013. Guin has presented seminars to superintendents and school board members on how to get rid of teachers.