Local Politics

Mayor Faces Charges in Illegal Contracts

Posted February 22, 2007

— Taylortown Mayor Ulysses Simpson Grant Barrett Jr. was arrested Thursday morning following an investigation into town contracts.

State Bureau of Investigation agents charged Barrett with violations of state laws governing public officers or employees benefiting from public contracts and mayors and councilmen acting as managers.

An independent audit of Taylortown's finances for fiscal 2006 turned up some questionable practices. Moore County authorities asked the SBI to investigation.

In one instance, Taylortown entered a contract without the approval or authorization of the Town Council.

The second violation dealt with Barrett acting as the contractor for repair work done to a home owned by Taylortown.

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  • Albert Feb 22, 2007

    Mayor Barrett is a " thief ". "White Collar" criminals are the worst. Time for the townspeople to do what's right and make sure Barrett never serves another term as Mayor. I wonder what the punishment would be in a "third-world" country for a thief like Barrett ?

  • BLA BLA BLA Feb 22, 2007

    wow, seems like a tough year for politicians.

  • JJones Feb 22, 2007

    Secret meetings to fire the Chief he hired? What a joke! This guy has been "Mayor" for what 12 or so yrs. How did this jerk pull that off? Not much of man, much less a Mayor it sounds like.

    He almost makes me ashamed to say im of the African American race. But then again he does look white.....

    Whats voted down Doggo?

  • painexpress Feb 22, 2007

    Maybe U.S. Grant should run for speaker of the House....sounds like he has all of the qualities.

  • MzFang Feb 22, 2007

    What was voted down Doggo ?
    I believe it doggo's response to my question...What ever happened to integrity??

  • georgewilson11 Feb 22, 2007

    Mayor Barrett would fit in very well in either Durham or Washington DC if you get my drift !

  • georgewilson11 Feb 22, 2007

    What was voted down Doggo ?

  • georgewilson11 Feb 22, 2007

    This clown has acted like Taylortown was his private fifedom for years ! About time he got his tail clipped ! He is trying to fire his Police Chief using secret meetings right not and that is how he got the two ( 2 ) previous chiefs fired !

    Even his Family thinks he is a crook !

    Next investigation should be of " Daddy Warbucks " Smith over in Pinehurst !

  • nursevb8 Feb 22, 2007

    And now, watch them play dumb like a fox

  • spiritwarriorwoman Feb 22, 2007

    Things like this are disgusting.
    Praying for truth and justice. (Get 'em!)
    God bless.
    Rev. RB