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Flint's public safety administrator resigns, after being asked questions about second full-time job

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Flint’s public safety administrator has resigned, amid questions about another full-time job he’s been holding.

Barnett Jones was Ann Arbor’s police chief before being picked to oversee Flint’s police and fire departments last April.    He is a trained firefighter as well as a police officer.    

A Flint city spokesman says Jones mainly focused on Flint's fire department, but he also worked with Flint's police chief Alvern Lock on police matters. 

But Jones has also been working as the head of security for the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department since May.

The Detroit Free Press reports Jones was paid $135,000 a year by Flint and receives another $138,750 from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

The Free Press raised the two jobs question with Flint and Detroit officials.   Shortly thereafter, Jones submitted his resignation in Flint. 

When news media outlets raised questions this week about Jones’ ability to do both jobs, Jones submitted his resignation in Flint.

In the statement announcing Jones’ resignation, the city says there is still a chance Jones will be retained as a public safety consultant.

Last year, 66 people were murdered in Flint, tying the city’s all time record high.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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