Tuesday, February 27, 2018

It's not a joke- Mike Landis files for Jasper County Presiding Commissioner

Mike Landis hopes to prove that he can do the same thing for Jasper County that he did for the Joplin R-8 School District.

Landis filed for Jasper County Presiding Commissioner today setting up a Republican primary race against incumbent John Bartosh.

Voters will also have choices for county clerk and county auditor.

Rep. Charlie Davis, R-Webb City, who is term limited, was the first to file for county clerk. Mary Lou Teel, a deputy county clerk, did not file this morning, but announced her candidacy last week. Marilyn Baugh is not running for re-election.

Ethan Giertz filed for county auditor. Sarah Hoover announced her candidacy last week. The incumbent, Richard Webster, is not seeking re-election.

Also filing on the first day were incumbent County Recorder Charlotte Pickering, incumbent Prosecuting Attorney Theresa Kenney and incumbent judges John Nicholas and Joe Hensley.

Landis is making his first try for elective office since he famously said, "Elections don't matter" in 2014.

Landis resigned from the Joplin R-8 Board of Education in May 2015 with almost a year left on his term, when things were not going his way, but not before arranging a golden parachute package for former Superintendent C. J. Huff and providing a poison pill to remaining board members by coordinating his resignation with Randy Steele's and the position left vacant by the election of former Joplin Police Chief Lane Roberts to force the use of an arcane law that allowed the County Commission to appoint three board members.

A Turner Report investigation revealed that Landis and Huff worked with Bartosh, Commissioner Darieus Adams and Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney (now judge) Dean Dankelson to coordinate the maneuver.

From the June 15, 2015 Turner Report:

Documents obtained through a Sunshine Law request to the Commission show that on May 27, one day after Randy Steele resigned, Superintendent C. J. Huff, obviously aware that Landis was planning on resigning as well, called the Missouri School Boards Association (MSBA) to find out what was necessary to get the Jasper County Commission to appoint replacement board members.

Susan Goldammer, senior director, employment and labor relations for the MSBA, e-mailed the information to Huff, "Any vacancy occurring in the board shall be filled by the remaining members of the board, except that if there are more than two vacancies at any one time, the county commission, upon receiving written notice of the vacancies shall fill the vacancies by appointment."

Goldammer was unaware that anything was in the works.

"As you can see, it takes three or more vacancies for the county commission to get involved. That has only happened once since I have been at MSBA. The Board will need to fill these two," she said, referring to Randy Steele and Lane Roberts.

Huff forwarded Goldammer's e-mail to Landis at 12:36 p.m. May 27. At 9:38 p.m., Landis forwarded the e-mail to Commissioner Darieus Adams.

(From the June 20, 2015 Turner Report)

Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney Dean Dankelson's recommendation that the Jasper County Commission appoint three replacements to the Joplin R-8 Board of Education appears to have been an unnecessary dog and pony show put on for the public's benefit.

Documents the Turner Report received following a Sunshine Law request, indicate board member Mike Landis was working with Dankelson and Commissioners Darieus Adams and John Bartosh.

In a June 3 e-mail from Landis to Bartosh and Dankelson, the former board member writes, "We voted in April to accept Lane Roberts' resignation from the Joplin BOE. Thanks, Michael D. Landis." From that e-mail, it appears that Landis had sent Dankelson word that he, Randy Steele, and Roberts had resigned and that he wanted the County Commission to appoint replacements and that the prosecuting attorney had questions about Roberts' resignation.

Dankleson responded the following day in a message that is headed "Subject: Document May 28, 2015," and was sent to Bartosh, as well as Landis:

Would you be able to provide an affidavit to the commission confirming your intent to resign from the Joplin School Board effective May 28 and that you have no intent to withdraw that resignation? I am assuming from this e-mail you have no intent to withdraw it.

Since the Sunshine Law request pertained only to documents received or sent by the three county commissioners, it did not include Landis' original e-mail to Dankelson.

That same day, the Commission received petitions containing 65 signatures asking it to appoint new board members, with the signers including Landis, board member Lynda Banwart, and numerous contributors to the Joplin Progress Committee

Before his departure from the board, when it became apparent that Huff was not going to remain as superintendent, Landis, Steele and fellow board member Anne Sharp, who was soundly defeated in her bid for re-election, padded Huff's contract adding an extra year even though it was apparent by that time that he would not be around until the end of that contract.

By a 3-2 vote with Landis, Steele and current Board President Jeff Koch voting in favor and Debbie Fort and Jennifer Martucci voting no, the board approved Huff's "retirement" providing him with a package that included $262,000 in pay, a $50,000 consulting contract (to help with the lawsuits Huff had helped cause for the district), and a glowing letter of recommendation, which praised Huff's "heroism' after the May 22, 2011 Joplin Tornado and referred to Joplin as an "unengaged, apathetic community" before Huff arrived and changed that.


Anonymous said...

Where did he go to college? Is he a Dook University alum?

Concerned citizen said...

Guess Nancy NoGood will be his campaign manager/cheerleader...Landis would be a disaster again..arrogant Napoleonic sneaky....

Anonymous said...

What is it with this part of Missouri or is corruption the name of the game in this state. Reminds of me of the Pendergrast era in KC during the 20's. I cannot believe that so many in Missouri lack the education needed to find and attract good decent citizens who put their city, county and state as the first priority over greed and power. I wished I had never come here and would gladly move if my wife would agree. I am a prisoner in a land time forgot, much like many in Kansas.

Anonymous said...

you spelled it wrong it is dork nobody will vote for that moron

Anonymous said...

Small man. Anyway you look at him.

Anonymous said...

It is indeed spelled Dook. Dook University.

Google it.

Morans can get plenty of votes in SW MO.

Just look at Billy!

Anonymous said...

Oh look. A Greitens minnie-me. He is a Trump University alum. Which could also be called Dookie University. He will have to buy his way in because the people in this area know what he did to the Joplin School District and nobody is going to vote for that.

Anonymous said...

He is not a college graduate.

Anonymous said...

He truly is a conniving, dishonest, unpleasant little man.

Unknown said...

Thanks now I often for ...

Tony G said...

What did this man do to the Joplin school district?

Concerned citizen said...

Landis funding source????Hidden funds from family ???? He will be a disaster.