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Anonymous Letter Causes Controversy At Detroit City Hall

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Mayor Dave Bing is seen with members of his administration. (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File)

Mayor Dave Bing is seen with members of his administration. (WWJ Photo/Marie Osborne, File)

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DETROIT (WWJ) – A letter sent to Mayor Dave Bing is causing controversy at city hall. It raises questions about the stability of his administration.

WWJ’s Vickie Thomas called the letter explosive. The anonymous four-page letter, dated March 26, talks about the “revolving door” and how good people are being forced out of the Bing administration.

Councilman Kwame Kenyatta received a copy of the letter.

“When you look through the body of the content of the information there, this was before some of those people left, including the Deputy Mayor and the legislative assistant, the legislative liaison to the council and Mayor, and others that were mentioned in the letter itself,” Kenyatta said.

The letter is apparently written by someone who says they work within the administration. The author alleges the Mayor’s office has become a “hostile work environment.”

“It indicates that there is… if what is stated in that letter, and some of the things have come to pass, that there’s a serious problem that needs to be addressed on the eleventh floor. It’s obvious that there’s a virus on the eleventh floor and I don’t believe I.T. can get rid of it,” Kenyatta said.

According to the Councilman, part of the reason citizens of Detroit chose a new administration was to create stability, but it doesn’t seem like that’s what they got.

“As you know, we’ve had three mayors in one year, two police chiefs, three police chiefs and two or three deputy mayors. So, the city needs stability and it seems like right now, the eleventh floor is unstable,” Kenyatta said.

“I’ve never seen a revolving door like this. It means one of two things… either those people are inept and inexperienced or something is wrong with the administration, the place where they’re leaving,” the Councilman continued.

The Mayor contends, however, the personnel changes do not indicate his administration is unsound.

“When there are changes made at any level, that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s instability,” Bing said.

Stay with WWJ Newsradio 950 and CBSDetroit.com for the latest on this report.

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