Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s tenure could end Sept. 27, according to state law, because after that date, the city council can vote to remove him. But City Councilman George Cushingberry told Bloomberg News there is a deal to keep him while the city’s bankruptcy case progresses. It’s a result of negotiations between Orr, Mayor Mike Duggan and Gov. Rick Snyder.
Details of the deal are “fluid,” though an announcement may come this week, said Orr’s spokesman, Bill Nowling. He said it’s assumed the council would remove Orr as emergency manager.
“We’re still working out the transition details with the mayor,” Nowling said.
Cushingberry said it’s unclear whether the council first would remove Orr from office or merely convert his status with a new contract that would end his role as emergency manager after the bankruptcy. Cushingberry said he anticipated the case would end next month.
Snyder wouldn’t divulge details of any agreement.
“We’re focused on helping ensure the city can exit bankruptcy as smoothly and quickly as possible, as that’s in the best interests of both Detroiters and Michiganders,” Snyder’s spokeswoman, Sara Wurfel, said in an e-mail. “We are talking and working cooperatively with the city — both mayor and council — to see how that can be best achieved.”