Sue McCormick, head of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department, knew he had two jobs. "Barnett fully disclosed he had a contract with Flint," says McCormick, who knew Jones from her time as Ann Arbor's head of public services. "I didn't see any negative impact on his performance. He was here full time and was very present."
Roger Fraser, Ann Arbor's former city administrator and head of the state's emergency manager program, also knew. "I was pushy in getting Barnett to go up there" to Flint, Fraser says. "That is a guy who feels tremendous loyalty to his friends."
Fraser nevertheless believes Jones made an error when he didn't tell his colleagues in Flint. "If it was me, I would have," he says. "But I don't know what was going on in his head."
The money was certainly good: the two jobs paid $135,000 and $138,750 annually. But Jones says the real reason he took both was because "I was caught between the love of two people: Roger Fraser and Sue McCormick.