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29 June 2014

Clayton County Considering Awarding Consulting Contract to Convict

Coming a week after WSB-TV scrutinized the relationship between the newly-formed East Metro Community Improvement District (CID) and former Fulton County Commissioner Michael Hightower, Georgia Unfiltered has learned that Clayton County is considering awarding Hightower a consulting contract at its 1 July meeting.


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Hightower, who was sent to prison in 2000 after pleading guilty to bribery charges, is the founder and managing partner of The Collaborative Firm, LLC. According to its website, The Collaborative Firm "provides urban planning, architectural support, program management and development services to governmental entities, private sector clients and nonprofits."

Listed on the Clayton County Commission 1 July meeting agenda is an item authorizing Clayton County to enter into a consultant
agreement with The Collaborative Firm, LLC. The details of the consulting agreement between Clayton County and Hightower's Collaborative Firm are not publicly known.

A review of campaign finance disclosures show that Hightower's firm made contributions totaling $3,000 to Clayton County Commission Chairman Jeff Turner and district 1 Commissioner Gail Hambrick.