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City contractors refuse to talk about how they landed contract

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UNION CITY, GA (CBS46) -

Two women who apparently did promotions work for Union City in 2008 refused to talk about the work they did and how they landed $18,000 worth of contracts after the city had already hired another company to do the work.

A CBS Atlanta investigation raised Tough Questions about Judy Taylor and Patricia Hampton's public relations credentials and connections to Union City Mayor Ralph Moore.

"What you can do is step away from my door," said Taylor, owner of a hair salon on Jonesboro Road in Forest Park. Taylor and Hampton apparently operate J&J Productions Inc., a company contracted by Union City to promote its centennial celebration and tree-lighting ceremony in 2008.

According to city documents obtained through an open records request, the city first contracted with Reynolds ADsociates to do media planning and promotion for the city's centennial celebration and tree-lighting ceremony.

Five days later, city council breached that contract and voted to hire J&J Productions instead.  J&J Productions earned $17,950 from two contracts it had with the city.

It's not clear why the city breached the contract with Reynolds ADsociates. A city councilwoman told CBS Atlanta News that she did not know the city had hired Reynolds ADsociates.

"I've worked in plenty of clubs," said Hampton when asked about her public relations credentials.

But J&J Productions' 2008 proposal to Union City touts a 17 years experience planning and promoting pageants, conventions, concerts and more. CBS Atlanta has been unable to confirm that experience and neither Hampton nor Taylor would talk about it.

So why did J&J Productions get the contract?

Union City Ralph Moore said it offered the best services for the best price.

But Moore admitted he knew Taylor personally before J&J Productions received the contract.

Moore denied he had any personal relationship with Taylor and denied he steered any city contracts her way.

"I did not choose J&J; council did. I did not ask council to choose J&J; council chose them because they were the best company for the job," said Moore.

But CBS Atlanta has also learned Taylor's brother was hired by the city's parks department around the same time J&J Productions got the city contract. Moore denied the family received any preferential treatment.

"You're asking Tough Questions and I understand what this may look like, but from the city's perspective we weren't cheated out of anything," said Moore.

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