DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has announced that his Deputy Mayor, Kirk Lewis, is leaving the job.

Lewis spent 22 years in the automotive industry, and is going back to private sector work.

“It has been a special opportunity to perform public service, and hopefully I have been able to contribute to the Mayor’s transformation of Detroit. However, my background and strengths are in the automotive industry and therefore I’m looking forward to returning,” Lewis said, in a statement, Wednesday afternoon.

“Having known the mayor for more than 40 years, I believe strongly in the direction he is moving this City. He has restored respect and trust back to the Mayor’s Office, and thankfully I’ve been a part of the team that has assisted him in changing the conversation about Detroit and its future.”

Lewis was named Deputy Mayor in March of 2012.

Mayor Bing said, “Kirk has been an important part of my business career as well as my tenure as Mayor, and he has served well in both capacities. I know he has looked forward to getting back into the private sector. This opportunity is an excellent one, and I wish him well.”

This latest blow to the Bing administration comes less than 24 hours since a state-appointed review team declared a financial emergency in Detroit. (More on this here).

Meantime, Bing is still not saying whether or not he plans to run for a second term in the mayor’s office.


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