Relevance of Detroit officials in manager's hands

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

What role Detroit's elected leaders will play in the city's fiscal crisis is now up to a Washington, D.C., lawyer appointed by the governor to turn things around.

Emergency manager Kevyn Orr says he wants to work with the City Council and the mayor. But many in Detroit see the state takeover as stripping away the voice of the people to have their elected leaders lead.

Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Orr to the job on Thursday. He starts work on March 25.

He says he wants to "have full partnership with the council and their staffs," but "everything is on the table."

Michigan law allows emergency managers to control all spending, including renegotiating labor contracts, selling off assets and even suspending elected officials' salaries.

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