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Medina: Crisis manager sues Supt. Stepp for unpaid services

4:07 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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MEDINA -- A Beachwood-based crisis manager has sued Medina Schools Superintendent Randy Stepp for alleged non-payment of a bill for crisis management.

Medina County Court of Common Pleas records show that David Eden's attorney Robert C. Rosenfeld, filed a lawsuit in court Wednesday morning, seeking $5,000 for Eden's services.

The lawsuit alleges that on or about March 27, Stepp hired Eden to perform personal services for crisis management and that Stepp has refused to pay the bill.

The Medina City Schools school board held a meeting March 27 where the teachers' union and some residents called for the entire school board to resign amid a controversy surrounding the superintendent.

At the meeting, residents criticized the board's oversight and how Stepp handled an account that funded some of the $265,000 for his MBA degree and other college loans.

On Tuesday night, the board rescinded Stepp's contract and also removed a levy from the May ballot.

Related article: Medina: School board rescinds superintendent's contract

Stepp had previously agreed to re-pay an unrelated $83,000 retention bonus through payroll deductions.

A message left for Stepp for comment was not returned.

Late Wednesday, Eden said "Throughout my career, I have counseled public figures who have found themselves at the center of controversy. Those who have followed my counsel have typically succeeded."

"At the request of Randy Stepp's attorney, a man who I know and respect, I agreed to meet with his client prior to the March 27 Medina Board of Education meeting. At our meeting I gave Mr. Stepp my candid assessment of his situation and a strategy for moving forward."

"I also told him about my fee structure and payment arrangement. On March 27, Mr. Stepp called me and said he agreed with my approach and hired me. Material was prepared. At the meeting that night, however, as I was in attendance, Mr. Stepp, much to my surprise, decided to ignore that advice but did use certain parts of my work."

"The next day he called and 'fired me' in a voicemail, saying he was going in a 'different' direction. I asked for payment and he declined. Therefore, I am suing him for payment."

The case has been assigned to Medina County Common Pleas Judge James Kimbler.

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