Read the whole story for details. The money quote came from former conservator Jay Kimbrough: "It doesn't matter to me if Gregg Phillips was on the grassy knoll in Dallas, Texas, if he has a solution that is good for the youth of TYC."
Top executives of the Texas Youth Commission awarded a no-bid contract to a former state official with a slim record in juvenile justice but a long history of controversial business dealings with public agencies.
Gregg Phillips, a former top deputy with the state Health and Human Services Commission, began working this spring to overhaul TYC's inmate classification system after his lobbyist contacted the agency's conservator, Jay Kimbrough.
Despite a lack of familiarity with Mr. Phillips, agency executives arranged a $275,000 contract for his company that bypassed standard procurement rules and the legislative funding process. Mr. Phillips said they did not ask for references or financials.
Really, sir? Because earlier this year you fired dozens of TYC employees for past criminal offenses that the agency knew about when they were hired. Said Kimbrough at the time, "If I have my way, and I bet I do, those people will not be employed by the TYC."
So why did those employees' past matter so much to you, Mr. Kimbrough, but when Arlene Wohlgemuth recommends a lobby client to you, you don't give a hoot if they assassinated JFK?!
UPDATE: This isn't the first contract Wohlgemuth has steered Mr. Phillips' way. See more background on Gregg Phillips' history in Texas and Mississippi state government from: