Snyder names emergency manager admid pushback from Michigan lawmakers
By Zac Humphrey
DETROIT, Michigan: This afternoon Gov. Rick Snyder introduced Detroit to Kevyn Orr, the man he and the state Load Board is appointing to help steer Detroit away from bankruptcy. The board voted 3-0 to appoint Orr as Detroit's emergency manager, where he will receive $275,000 a year in compensation. Presently, Orr is a partner at Jones Day law firm in Washington, D.C., but he will resign to take this position. It was in that position that he worked on Chrysler's bankruptcy reorganization.
In a press conference, Snyder said, "I don’t view this as an act of isolation. This is not about asking one individual to come in and turn around the city of Detroit. This is a problem that has now reached a true crisis point. This is an opportunity for us to work together, to bring people together as Detroit, Michigan."
In the press conference, Orr said, "I am highly motivated. If we work together we can get this done in a rather short period."
Many who represent the Detroit area in the Michigan State Legislature feel that the move is premature. State representative Thomas Stallworth (D) has said, "The city of Detroit and its citizens deserve the opportunity to continue on that path without the interference from an emergency manager."
The city of Detroit is not alone in its financial situation leading to a state takeover: Flint, Hamtramck, Highland Park, and Benton Harbor had had managers appointed to them due to financial crisis. Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. to be taken over by the state.