It’s been one year since Kevyn Orr took control of Detroit city government and began restructuring finances, contracts and debt. Appointed by Gov. Snyder, Orr filed the city’s historic bankruptcy in July. With its reported $18 billion in debt, Detroit is the largest municipal bankruptcy in history.
Orr, a Florida native, is marking his first anniversary with a return to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he’ll speak today on the future of urban governance in Detroit. The 90-minute program begins at 4 p.m. in the Michigan Union’s Rogel Ballroom, is sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy and the Domestic Policy Corps.
A livestream webcast will be available, the university says.
Orr is a bankruptcy attorney and earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Michigan Law School. He was appointed in March 2013 to fix Detroit’s finances and filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy in July. In December, a federal judge allowed the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, a move that is being challenged in a case the U.S.Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed to proceed. A second challenge in U.S. District Court seeks to invalidate Michigan’s Public Act 436, the law under which Orr was appointed and granted his powers.