Additionally, after Rawlings' formal bid, Rawlings directed Tom Taylor (NRAD director) via email to reply to another potential bidder that NRAD already has "a contract on (the) ground" and that NRAD "won't be needing any more" bids.
This statement by the investigator seems to indicate Rawlings made the decision on a deadline after his proposal was already in and communicated that deadline to Taylor
As you'll see in this issue, Tom Taylor, executive director of the Northland Regional Ambulance District, has submitted his resignation, indicating he'll retire in June.
, you'll recall, less than a year ago was all over the local and regional news--the Kansas City television news channels were all over it-after The Landmark
reported the district had paid what appraisers told us was an extremely inflated price for land near Camden Point from the president of the NRAD
board of directors.
paid $175,000 for three acres of land owned by its board president, who had owned the property less than a year while it was common knowledge the district had been looking at property in that area for two years.
The Missouri Ethics Commission
was made aware of the situation and an investigation ensued.
A patron appeared at an NRAD board meeting and referred to the board of directors as "a bunch of crooks.
So, during the course of my phone interview with Taylor
, I asked him if the public controversy surrounding that transaction had anything to do with his
decision to step away.
My question sent Taylor
, though relatively soft-spoken he
was, into flip-out mode.
"It has absolutely nothing to do with that," said Taylor
, as he
slowly grew irritated.
"I can't believe you asked me that question," he
said at the beginning of a rant, a remark he
made more than once after his
feathers had been ruffled.
My response to his
reaction went like this: "Really?
You can't believe that question was asked?
If you're serious, that's a sign you are out of touch with the community."
then rambled on a bit longer, something about how he
and I have a difference of opinion on the topic of that controversial land buy (note: the wording of my question did not include an opinion, it was a fact-based question that I knew was going to be on the minds of everyone reading the article).
then hinted that in his
opinion the reporting about that land deal was overblown.
attitude seemed to be that, in his
opinion, a majority of the public really doesn't care.