Head of Detroit's economic development office defends bid process

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The head of the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. says the city's bidding process is not political in any way.

George Jackson's comments Monday follow a Detroit Free Press report over the weekend that said companies headed by embattled Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's longtime friend Bobby Ferguson won millions of dollars in contracts while Ferguson secretly consulted with mayoral chief of staff Christine Beatty.

Jackson says Detroit's bidding process is "not a process of influence."

The Free Press reported Sunday that records and text messages it obtained indicated Ferguson and companies with which he partnered have collected at least $45 million in city contracts.

Ferguson, the city and a lawyer for Beatty all have denied wrongdoing in the handling of contracts.

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