Update: This was an older story that was re-tweeted today as noted by Bob in the Comments. I’m leaving it up as it demonstrates another example of the deep level of inside dealing within Gwinnett County.
Bob Griggs brings us this gem. Gwinnett County is prepared to replace one contract that outsources probation services with another without even opening the bids submitted for the job.
Professional Probation Services, the 18-year-old company owned by State Rep. and Congressional candidate Clay Cox, had held the contract for 10 years and had received high marks from the judges. When time to renew the contract rolled around, however, Gwinnett State Court Judge Robert Mock awarded the contract to another company, Southeast Corrections.
Will the county save money? We may never know. After advertising the contract for competitive bidding, Judge Mock awarded the contract to Southeast Corrections without even opening the bids. Perhaps he expects us to ignore the fact that the majority owner of Southeast Corrections is former County-Commissioner-turned-mega-developer Wayne Mason, someone who has leveraged his connections to his financial benefit for years.
Griggs notes that the State Court is allowed to award the contract without competitive bidding. Because, you know, that is how justice is done I guess.