How did ex-Flint public safety leader hold 2 full-time jobs? - WSMV Channel 4

How did ex-Flint public safety leader hold 2 full-time jobs?

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On Thursday, in an Asking Tough Questions investigation, TV5 discovered that Flint public safety administrator Barnett Jones was not devoting all his time to Flint.

He actually worked another six-figure, full-time job nearly 70 miles away! Since that news broke, Jones quit his Flint job.

More Flint City Council members are sounding off, wondering how this sort of thing could have happened. And the man who hired Barnett Jones is also answering TV5's Tough Questions.

Flint's former emergency financial manager and current city administrator Mike Brown spoke about the trouble brewing at Flint City Hall. Brown hired Barnett Jones last year as the city's public safety administrator, a job that paid $135,000 a year.

"Well, I was disappointed certainly," said Brown. "We hired Mr. Jones back in April and again unbeknownst to us, he took a job with the Detroit Water and Sewer Department, and I'm not sure when. It was after we had hired him."

People in the city were outraged when the cash-strapped city hired Jones at such a high salary, something Jones brought up himself when he was hired. Back in April, he's on record as stating, "It isn't what I wanted. I wanted more. I took a pay cut to be here," Jones said.

But TV5 has uncovered that Jones accepted the Detroit job just seven days after being hired by the city of Flint.

Some people in city government, including Flint city councilman Scott Kincaid, thought the position may not have been needed in the first place.

"The question becomes, how effective was the public safety director?" asked Kincaid. "When he came to Flint, he was supposed to do some[thing] and when you look at crime statistics, you know. The homicides in the city of Flint, 66 homicides last year, and in the first ten days this year we've had three already, so you wonder what effectiveness that he had."

Kincaid is not a fan of the emergency manager law, and he says that the Barnett Jones situation is just another example of the emergency managers having too much power.

"I think this is one of those issues, with many issues that you're going to see come up with the emergency manager and the decisions that they make, not only now, but in the future," said Kincaid.

Jones was working out of Flint and Detroit, but lived in Ann Arbor. The map on the right of the page shows just how far he had to travel between jobs.

If Jones was going from his house to Flint, he had to drive about 55 miles one way. If he was traveling from Flint to Detroit, that's about a seven-mile ride. And it would be another 45 miles from the Motor City to Ann Arbor.

Jones once served as police chief in Ann Arbor and Sterling Heights.

In April 2012, the Flint emergency financial manager hired Jones as a top public safety administrator. Later that month, Jones took a top security gig at the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. It took officials about eight months to figure out he held both jobs.

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