Whether or not the Commission falls within the purview of the State of Missouri’s vendor selection laws, we recognize the need to be judicious with the funds entrusted to us and have been and will continue to be in the future. With respect to the consultants retained to assist us up to this point, the Commission was asked to get up and running quickly.
Since our appointment on November 18, we have convened five meetings with nearly 1,000 participants and have responded to and handled numerous media inquiries. The time constraints we were under were magnified by the fact that the Commission lacked staff until January 15 and had no way to obtain administrative support for our work in these unprecedented times. As a result, we contacted several firms with proven skills to assist us with the significant task of designing and facilitating our meetings, responding to media inquiries, producing reports for community consumption and otherwise performing functions to augment the Commission and enable it to get off to a productive start. We engaged consultants to assist in this regard.
With the recent addition of Bethany Johnson-Javois as Managing Director of the Commission and the addition of other staff in the coming weeks, we will have the team necessary to enable us to continue the work that was previously performed by consultants in our time of urgency. Therefore, going forward, we will seek competitive bids and/or proposals in connection with the procurements of goods and services.