Kevyn Orr Named Emergency Manager in Detroit

Kevyn Orr Named Emergency Manager in Detroit

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The Detroit Free Press: Let’s be clear about what happened Thursday. The governor of Michigan told voters in Detroit that the people they hired could not do the job. So he hired someone else — Washington, D.C., attorney Kevyn Orr, who understands fiscal crisis — to do the work for a while. Yes, it suspends democracy. Yes, it’s a tough pill to swallow. But isn’t it necessary?

New York Times: A veteran lawyer who once worked on Chrysler’s bankruptcy has been handed what may prove to be his toughest case yet: to bring Detroit back from the edge of financial collapse. Michigan officials on Thursday appointed the lawyer, Kevyn Orr, a partner in the Jones Day law firm, as an emergency manager to oversee operations in Detroit, one of the largest cities to ever receive such intervention.

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