The privatization expert helping Barrow County’s elected officials move toward a public/private partnership for the government has recommended the same model he developed in 2005 for Sandy Springs, the state’s first new city in 50 years.
But neither that city, nor the next three cities formed in 2006 or 2007, still uses Oliver Porter’s original model of a fixed-cost contract with one company to administer a large array of services.
The cities of Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Chattahoochee Hills originally awarded a total of $47 million in fixed-cost contracts to the same company — either CH2M HILL Inc. or its subsidiary, CH2M HILL OMI — which enabled the cities to quickly become operational.
But during at least some of that time, Porter was a paid contractor for CH2M HILL. And after the start ups, the cities moved away from using just one company to subcontract services.
For the full story, see the April 30 issue of the Barrow Journal.