Consultant awarded $1.4M in Wilsonville contracts

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WILSONVILLE, Ore. (AP) -- Some Wilsonville city council members say they'd like to review the city's relationship with former transit director Cynthia Thompson whose consulting firm has won nearly $1.4 million in no-bid contracts in the past four years.

No council members are challenging the quality of Thompson's work but Steve Hurst and Richard Goddard say they'd like to know more about the contracts.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/rakXyx ) Thompson left city employment about 10 years ago to found BCB Consulting. She won contracts that expanded to include her old job.

City Attorney Mike Kohlhoff, who endorsed the latest $800,000 contract, says there's no favoritism and the deal was cost-effective. Contractors receive no city employee benefits.

Thompson says her firm is well-qualified and she also notes the city is supporting a small, female-owned business.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com