Frank "Procurement Disaster" Wilson awards large no-bid contract to former associate
Former Chron reporter Rosanna Ruiz has a nice story for Texas Watchdog today on curious expenditures by METRO.
As Ruiz notes, METRO is apparently paying a California-based former associate of Frank Wilson roughly $300/hour to oversee the contract for the light-rail buildout. Wilson was able to secure a no-bid contract for his former associate, and it has been extended three times. The consultant will wind up making around half a million bucks for a year-and-a-half of work. Wilson says the hire is justified, because nobody at METRO is qualified to do the sort of work his former colleague is handling.
Since there's really nobody to hold METRO/Wilson accountable to the public/taxpayers (Senate Candidate White is certainly much too busy these days), that's probably about the last word on the subject.
Of course, nobody familiar with Frank "Procurement Disaster" Wilson's background should be terribly surprised by any of it.