Update: The Secretary of State reinstated the company's status to one of good standing at noon today.
The Hinds County Board of Supervisors paid $12,000 to a company that does not exist. The board hired KSA Professional Services in May for consulting services for the Continental Tire project. The contract states the county would pay $6,000 per month to KSA. The company is owned by none other than Jackie Andrews and Rena Fisher. However, the Secretary of State dissolved the company on November 30, 2016 after KSA failed to file its annual report.
Renna Fisher and Jackie Andrews formed Fisher Management in May 2013. However, the partners changed the name of it to KSA Professional Services, LLC one month before it was hired by Hinds County.The Board voted to retain KSA at its May 2, 2016 meeting. The resolution stated:
RESOLVED to approve a Resolution confirming the role of KSA Professional Services, LLC, in working with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, Hinds County Economic Development Authority, Mississippi Development Authority and Continental Tire.The contract (p.34 below) provides more information on the services provided by KSA:
*Identifying and coordinating with DBE contractors;
*Identifying and coordinating with small and disadvantaged business contractors;
*Identifying and coordinating with DBE business suppliers and professional service contractors;
*Coordinating with businesses operating (or proposing to operate) in Hinds County and surrounding
areas to maximize the utilization of minority, small and disadvantaged businesses;
*Identifying, coordinating and training the potential workforce for Continental Tire of North
*Coordinating with surrounding counties, municipalities and the Public Works Directors of such
A schedule of when such services are provided is specified in the contract (p.36). The contract has a term of one year and can be terminated upon a party providing a thirty day notice to the other party.
KSA submitted invoices of $54,000 for regular compensation from May to this month. Ms. Andrews submitted expenses of $6,033 in October but the board only approved the payment of $2,379 after she was unable to provide receipts. (p.8). District 4 Supervisor Mike Morgan asked board attorney Pieter Teeiwussin today if the county could pay funds to a company that did not exist. Mr. Teeiwussin said that he would study the matter and answer the question at the next meeting.
KSA is represented by attorney Wilson Carroll.
Kingfish note: Where have we heard of Rena Fisher and Jackie Andrews? Long-time readers of this website will remember a few old posts that show exactly the type of "consultants" who jumped into bed with Hinds County. JJ spelled out what this bunch is about in a 2015 post:
To put it bluntly, these people are con artists. They repeatedly took payments and stiffed other parties. The court records are awash in liens and judgments against these two individuals and their companies. They were forced into bankruptcy proceedings in 2012 by Merchants & Farmer's Bank and other creditors. Fisher and Williams won a $1.3 million award against Toyota in 2009 and pocketed the money instead of paying off all of those liens and judgments. M&F sued for its share and instituted involuntary bankruptcy proceedings. The bankruptcy trustee filed a complaint against them.and earlier in 2009:
I documented there were nearly $2 million in liens and judgements held by close to thirty individuals, businesses, and government agencies (These were completely omitted by the media.). Post about Fish & Fisher's troubled record.The record of Mr. Fisher and Ms. Andrews is quite clear. They keep the money if they get paid. The vendors get stiffed. The subcontractors get stiffed. They don't fight lawsuits. They don't even appear in court. They just ignore whatever the court throws at them and keep on going. If they don't get their way, they scream discrimination and sue. This is who they are and this is what they do.
Then there is the matter of the Board's judgment. Why would they bring a wolf into the fold that sued Toyota?
*Fisher allegedly stole two vehicles from Watson Quality Ford or he purchased two vehicles, didn't pay the notes, and later sold them even though there were liens on the vehicles.
*M&F forced them into bankruptcy. The trustee's complaints are interesting reading.
*See all of the judgments for yourself.
*The rest of the story.