Contract with McCrory donor won’t be renewed as NC weighs privatization

Source: Beau Minnick, WNCN, November 19, 2015

Some controversial prison maintenance contracts will expire and not be renewed at the end of the year, according to North Carolina officials. The contracts are with a Charlotte company whose chairman is a campaign donor for Gov. Pat McCrory. … The maintenance will be done by the Department of Public Safety, officials said. But many are still asking questions about the circumstances surrounding how state leaders extended the contracts with The Keith Corporation of Charlotte back in 2014. Gov. Pat McCrory pushed for a meeting with Graeme Keith, the company chairman, and key state officials. The meeting was held in Charlotte in the fall of 2014. Documents obtained by WNCN show that at the meeting, Keith said he wanted to get some benefit from his giving to candidates. … Perry expressed security concerns about privatizing maintenance at state prisons. Those concerns were echoed by the State Employees Association of North Carolina, who represents correction workers. … The State Employees Association is voicing concerns about whether there will be a movement toward wholesale privatization in the future.