A North Carolina county's alcohol board hired the same contractor for all four liquor stores built since 2004 and the final price tags for those structures was often well above the contract bids.
The Star-News of Wilmington reported Sunday that outgoing New Hanover County Alcoholic Beverage Control administrator Billy Williams signed off on changes that doubled and tripled the contracts' value.
Williams and contractor Lee F. Cowper say they did nothing wrong. But others said taking bids for a store shell then allowing the same contractor to finish the building without another bidding process is unusual.
Williams also has been criticized for his high salary and travel expenses. And the newspaper reported that Williams hired Cowper for work on his home.
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