Whistleblower Suit Filed Against Detroit for Corrupt Building Department

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A lawsuit was filed on Friday by Detroit city employee Jessy Jacob from the treatment she received when attempting to alert officials about a bogus contract bid submitted by former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s close friend Bobby Ferguson, who has since been charged with bid-rigging by federal prosecutors over the contract. The lawsuit is the latest in massive fallout from the corruption in City Hall under the leadership of Kilpatrick, who is now serving time in a federal prison.

Jacob’s lawsuit claims that in 2007, she red-flagged Ferguson’s bid on a public housing project, Garden View Estates, in a letter to Detroit Building Authority officials.  Jacob says that officials ignored her letter, which FBI agents later showed her in October 2009 with the word “disregard” written on it.

In addition to calling out the bogus contract bid, Jacob repeatedly advised bosses at the DBA that certain city engineers were not qualified to work on federally funded projects. Shortly thereafter, she was fired from the top city engineer position.

She was later rehired in an $85,000 per-year civil servant position working as a head engineer for design and field service for public works. Since then, she claims that she’s been harassed by supervisors, cut off from any communication with her department and forced to work in vacant storage room. Jacob started working for the city in 1986.

The Detroit News

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