Detroit council discusses emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s fate

Detroit council discusses emergency manager Kevyn Orr’s fate

The Detroit City Council on Wednesday discussed emergency manager Kevyn Orr's fate but could not reach a final agreement on what role he would play if he is removed from his current position.

Council members will discuss Orr's fate in a private session on Thursday - the third consecutive day of closed-door discussions.

Members of the city council declined to reveal any details about the discussions on Orr's future, citing a legal obligation to keep the specifics private. Mayor Mike Duggan, who was present in the meetings, also turned down a request for details.

On being asked about the discussions, Duggan said, "I'm not legally allowed to say anything on what went on in there. We're having lots of constructive conversations. The tone between the mayor and the council is very constructive and we're just going to keep working."

One big question about Orr's potential role is: Would he have enough powers to see through any changes ordered by bankruptcy Judge Steven W. Rhodes without approval from the mayor and council?

Orr, who could be removed as emergency manager as early as Sunday, was first appointed by Governor Rick Snyder in March 2013 after Detroit reached on the verge of financial collapse. The city filed documents for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection in July 2013.

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