posted on Mar, 16 2013 @ 11:52 AM
I went and did a bit more looking.... Here is some more basic information on him and perhaps a bit more to what gives me a bad feeling when someone in
this position isn't a man of details and getting things precisely right.
The distressed US city – once one of the nation's most prosperous manufacturing centres – is now the largest US city to have its finances
placed under state control.
Governor Rick Snyder announced on Thursday that he had chosen Kevyn Orr, a partner in the Cleveland-based law firm of Jones Day, to be Detroit's
emergency manager, a position that gives him broad powers to control all spending. The move makes Detroit the largest city in the US to have its
finances placed under state control.
The state's emergency loan board approved Orr 3-0 later Thursday on what Snyder called Orr's ability to work with people cooperatively, great
technical skills and a record of tough decision making. Under state law, the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board officially hires the
emergency manager and sets a salary. Orr will make $275,000 a year.
In the early 20th century, Detroit was the country's fourth most populous city behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. It had nearly 2 million
residents in 1950 and now has shrunk to 700,000 and 18th in rank. A declining tax base; nearly 2 in 5 residents living in poverty; and a former, now
convicted, mayor who spent lavishly have taken their tolls on the city's
Finally, on the powers and authority he was handed upon arrival and without appeal or close oversight...
Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed Thursday by Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, faces a daunting
financial clean-up: $327 million in budget deficits to balance, $14 billion in long-term liabilities to resolve, and an 18.2% unemployment rate to
lower. And he has 18 months to do it.
^^ He has A LOT to do....and that's a big job for any man. He also has near unlimited personal power to do it with.
“Customers”–not constituents. Orr is one of several emergency managers (EMs) who have been appointed–not elected–in cities and school
districts across the state of Michigan, and who have the power to overrule local
governments. Critics contest that past EMs in the state have used their unchecked powers to circumvent the democratic process and effectively
steamroll elected city council officials.
Now I sincerely hope his personal case of fiscal mismanagement and irresponsibility IS unique, isolated and generally an explainable one-off incident.
However, if it's not..there isn't much for a check or balance over the position he now holds. After all, He IS the check and balance.
Do they even do a basic, cursory background check as a part of vetting? Given some of what we see happen and come out of the process, are some vetted
at all beyond personal name recognition and a face to face interview?
edit on 16-3-2013 by Wrabbit2000 because: ALL links got destroyed somehow? Had to fix by manually retyping each... Sorry