Opinions Mixed As State Takeover Looms In Detroit (page 2)
City leaders have 10 days to appeal Snyder’s ruling, before a manager is put into place — but it wasn’t immediately clear if Detroit Mayor Dave Bing would do so.
Said Bing on Friday, “The governor has made his decision, and it was his decision alone to make. While I respect it, I have said all along that I do not favor an emergency Manager for the City of Detroit. I will look at the impact of the Governor’s decision as well as other options, to determine my next course of action.” (Read his complete statement here).
Former city council member Sheila Cockrel said she realizes it’s a tough pill to swallow, but she believes an emergency financial manager is a necessity for Detroit.
Cockrel said a financial manager can do the job without the same constraints as local elected officials. However, she said an EFM can’t do it alone.
“It’s not a one-person fix, it’s a team approach,” Cockrel said, speaking live on WWJ Newsradio 950. “There will need to be a team of people and there needs to be, you know, really cooperation from everyone.”
Cockrel said fiscal discipline is necessary and financial decisions must be made with transparency and accountability.
As a few dozen people demonstrated outside the Coleman A. Young Municipal building Friday, inside, Snyder spoke about a the state’s good working relationship with cities like Pontiac and Flint, which already have EFMs in place.
WWJ spoke with Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski who said, while appointing a manager can be a painful decision, but a necessary one.
“What I’ve found here in Pontiac is, while a lot of people … still have misgivings about the emergency manager process, there has been progress here,” said Jukowski.
“We have more police on the streets. We’ve sort of cut through an awful lot of the cities debt load. Things are looking up here, and people recognize that — even if they’re not crazy about the process,” he said.
Jukowski said, personally, he believes Detroit needs an emergency financial manager, and he blames that need on years of failed management.