The Hiring of Brad Miller
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
“For those in the audience, there’s a couple things left for the board to tend to,” Thompson School District Board of Education President Bob Kerrigan said 2½ hours into Wednesday night’s board meeting. “You’re more than welcome to stay if you want, but you may fall asleep.”
What happened next was hardly snooze-worthy, though.
…Kerrigan then revealed that a contract had already been drawn up by a Colorado Springs-based law firm that currently represents Jefferson County schools. Because next week’s board meeting will be its last before a three-week hiatus, the seven members are now expected to vote on the matter just six days after learning of it.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Unbeknownst to Jeffco Board of Ed members, Lesley Dahlkemper and Jill Fellman, new board members Ken Witt, Julie Williams, and John Newkirk had already interviewed Brad Miller. There had been no discussion with Dahlkemper and Fellman in advance. They were advised in an email two days prior that attorneys Brad Miller and Alex Halpern were candidates for this position. No public discussion. No RFP process. John Newkirk made the motion, seconded by Julie Williams to hire Brad Miller (Miller and Sparks) as legal representation for the Jeffco Board of Ed. The motion passed 3-2; Dahlkemper and Fellman voting no.