JACKSON — An attorney and a Jackson City Council member say a Jackson Department of Public Works recommendation to award a $15 million contract to a political ally of Mayor Tony Yarber may have been biased.
The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that a consultant and city Public Works Director Kishia Powell have recommended that Denali-SGE be awarded the waste disposal contract. Jackson businessman Socrates Garrett, a prominent supporter of Yarber, is part of the partnership, with Denali joined by Socrates Garrett Enterprises on the proposal.
Ward 1 Councilman Ashby Foote says the competing bid from Synagro was cheaper and possibly wasn’t recommended because of bias.
Powell disputed any notions of bias, saying Yarber was not involved with the proposals and that Synagro’s proposal could lead to a higher cost than Denali-SGE’s.