Duggan advises Snyder on emergency management
Governor Rick Snyder’s administration including State Treasurer Andy Dillon, Chief of Staff Dennis Muchmore and Transformation Manager Richard Baird wrote emails in February discussing the appointment of an emergency manager in Detroit. Mayoral Candidate Mike Duggan, although he says he’s against an EM in Detroit, advised the Snyder administration on the appointment.
“Duggan’s advice weeks ago when (name withheld) came up was that there is a role for him but not the top spot,” writes Treasurer Andy Dillon.
Names of EM candidates were redacted and not apart of FOIA documents.
Dillon went on to discuss the unnamed candidate that Duggan didn’t believe was capable: “This is the third call I got from him. (Name withheld) argument is he will sell well and he knows Detroit government so well it will be hard for insiders to sabotage him.”
When Duggan was removed from the ballot in June because of residency issues he made the following statement: “They are going to have a hard time getting the emergency manager out. I could have successfully moved the EM out.”
Baird wrote that Duggan is a “turnaround leader” and the administration would “take some time over the next week or so to explore (Duggan’s) concerns and determine whether his long term vision for the city is incongruent with the steps we need to take under a centralized decision authority model. I would ask your forbearance for a bit longer while the financial review team completes its work and engages Mike (Duggan).”
Duggan was the only mayoral candidate to advise the Snyder administration.
In a Michigan Citizen interview, Duggan said he was friends with State Treasurer Dillon.
Duggan is now running a write-in campaign for mayor.