City leaders, residents discuss Barnett Jones' resignation at city meeting
By Andrew Keller, Multimedia Journalist - bio | email
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -
How can a man hold down two full-time jobs 70 miles apart without his bosses knowing? People in Flint are still scratching their heads trying to figure out how Barnett Jones pulled it off.
He resigned as the city's public safety administrator last week when it all hit the fan and Monday marked the first city council meeting since that news broke. And as you can imagine, residents and city council feel they were taken.
"It's too much bullcrap going on in this city," said Flint resident Barbara Wilson.
Wilson said Barnett Jones' legacy sums up what's happening in her city. Monday night, she stood in front of the Flint City Council asking for them to investigate the hiring and resignation of Jones.
"The citizens deserve a full accountability about the hows, the whens, and the whos who were involved," said Wilson.
She wasn't alone.
"Why would you not file a formal complaint to the prosecutor's office," asked Alex Harris.
"I do not believe that the residents of the city of Flint in such a time as this can afford any longer to allow us to be underrepresented, under-served, and just totally duped," said Pastor Latrelle Holmes, who also believes the Emergency Financial Manager law clearly has flaws.
The council agreed something needs to be done.
They approved a motion to send a letter to Gov. Rick Snyder asking for him to have the state investigate into Jones' employment with the city. They also plan to ask Snyder for more transparency of what goes on in the city even while the Emergency Financial Manager law is in effect.
"The city is just tired of being wronged by this administration and some of the decisions that they're making," Council Member Bernard Lawler said after Monday's meeting.
And as far as the next step with Flint's public safety, Council President Scott Kincaid said he wants to make a presence on the streets and not in an empty office downtown.
"I don't think the city needs another public safety director. I think we need more cops on the street. We need more detectives in the detective bureau. We need to start implementing that money the residents have reached deep down into their pockets for and start giving them some results," said Kincaid.
Kincaid points to the public safety millage passed by residents in November. He hopes that will be a better solution than hiring another overseer.
Flint's city attorney is now looking into the matter. Once that review is complete, Emergency Financial Manager Ed Kurtz will determine what happens next.
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