The gloves are off in Benton Harbor as city leaders continue to resist the state-appointed Emergency Financial Manager, according to our reporting partners at WSJM.
Last month, you may remember, the Benton Harbor City Commission voted to hand all administrative duties over to Mayor Wilce Cooke rendering EFM Joseph Harris powerless when it comes to city finances.
Harris later said the commission did not have the authority to make that decision and Monday night he issued a directive that rendered that vote null and void.
The mayor now says he plans to issue an executive order of his own naming him the city's Chief Administrator and not Harris.
Mayor Cooke also passed around a letter Monday that he recently wrote to State Rep. Al Pscholka stating that Pscholka's decision to back the state in this matter showed a lack of respect for the city.