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Response to Octafish (Reply #115)

Sun Sep 15, 2013, 12:27 PM

129. So a month after removing Director of Public Lighting, they throw the switch off on purpose?

Sounds like they're accelerating the drive to privatize using Shock Doctrine tactics.
And they don't care who they hurt in the process.

http://www.freep.com/article/20130809/NEWS/308090158/Kevyn-Orr-Detroit-Public-Lighting


Orr spokesman Bill Nowling confirmed that lighting director Richard Tenney was booted from his job as part of Orr’s efforts to restructure city government. The lighting department is among Detroit’s most troubled operations, with as many as half of the city’s 88,000 streetlights not working, blamed on lack of money to upgrade equipment and thieves stealing copper wiring.

Tenney, who couldn’t be reached for comment Friday, was escorted out of his office by police, but Nowling said there was nothing untoward about his removal. “It’s not unusual when you terminate someone they’re allowed to collect their belongings and are escorted out,” Nowling said.

Gary Brown, the former Detroit City Councilman whom Orr tapped to lead his restructuring of city operations, said that Tenney, an engineer, has the option of reverting to a civil-service position in the department, and his removal as director shouldn’t reflect poorly on him. The lighting department “was underfunded and understaffed, and he was set with a Herculean task,” Brown said.

Brown said the city next week will put out a request for proposals for private companies to provide a team of experts to help run the department as it transitions to the newly created lighting authority as well as “getting the lights on in the city immediately.”

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