Kevyn Orr, the new emergency city manager of Detroit, has a history with one of Michigan's most famous residents: Chrysler. Governor Rick Snyder (at right) appointed Orr to the position yesterday with the belief that Detroit needs outside assistance to right the city's mounting financial woes. Orr (at left), a partner with the Jones Day law firm, will begin work on March 25 and receive $275,000 a year for his work. While state officials believe the new city manager will be able to complete his duties in 18 months, the contract is technically open-ended.

The 54-year-old attorney helped steer Chrysler through its 2009 bankruptcy, earning $700 per hour for his efforts. He was also instrumental in convincing the courts to allow Chrysler to shutter 789 dealerships in a single month. Orr says he's aware that his efforts won't have made him any friends in Southern Michigan.

"I'm prepared to be the most hated man for a period of time," Orr is quoted as saying in The Detroit Free Press, "but some of that vitriol will abate."

Moving forward, Orr will have widespread power to put Detroit on whatever course he sees fit, including everything from eliminating the city's mayor and council's pay and fringe benefits to stripping them of fiduciary powers. You can watch Snyder introduce Orr in the video below.




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      buckfeverjohnson
      • 1 Year Ago
      If he succeeds, he will be a hero, and perhaps create a blueprint on how to structure governments. I wish him well.
      oRenj9
      • 1 Year Ago
      Chrysler came out well from their bankruptcy, so hopefully this guy can help Detroit come back.
      dukeisduke
      • 1 Year Ago
      He's got a tough job ahead, and I wish him the best of luck.
      Chris
      • 1 Year Ago
      I sure would love to see that city get turned around. I'm tired of visiting other cities and thinking "man, why can't Detroit be like this"? It has so much potential, and such an interesting history, and it's a shame that residents didn't take more pride in it.
      verbal007
      • 1 Year Ago
      No finer example on what dem party stands for than the dem run city of Detroit
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      Sir Duke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can we do the same thing with Congress?
      dpg1dspd
      • 1 Year Ago
      A lot of good people are counting on Mr. Orr. I pray for his success.
      Jacquie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hope they don't sell Detroit to fiat.....
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      Dave
      • 1 Year Ago
      And ? So he worked for Chrysler as they went through bankruptcy ? from what I read he took a financialy troubled institution, cut the fat and reduced redundancies. Exactly what our bloated beaurocracies need. I've read quite a bit about the financial strains effecting Detroit in the wake of the recession and the declining auto market. Without a rebirth of industry in that city, be it automoblie production or a new product, nothing is going to save Detroit. Plants and equipment idle and decaying, neighborhoods abandonned, massive unemployment, decreasing revenues, private businesses shuttered; all add up to financial ruin and a disater for a once thriving and extremely important part of our country. God Speed Mr. Orr, bring it back from the brink of extinction, I for one would love to see you succeed.
      Kevin Valentine
      • 1 Year Ago
      As bad as Detroit currently is, I will never give up on her. There is much potential there under the rubble. Detroit will rise again.
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