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etherealtruth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-17-11 11:38 AM
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23. Not the first time this has happened in Michigan

Highland Park comes to mind. From wikipedia (I realize its Wikipedia, but its a good point to reference the overall situation there)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highland_Park,_Michigan

Highland Park is governed under the council-mayor form of government wherein an elected mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city, and the council its legislative body. The mayor appoints city officers such as the city clerk, attorney, treasurer, and finance director, though, the council has the power to refuse or accept the appointments. The city council consists of five members elected at large who serve terms of four years. The highest vote getter becomes council president for that term.<10>

However, using the Public Act 72 of 1990, Governor John Engler appointed a emergency financial manager to take over the financial operations of the city in December 2000, effectively rendering the mayor, city council, and other elected public officers to advisorial roles. Ramona Henderson-Pearson was appointed the city's first emergency financial manager.<11> In December 2001, the city police department was formally disbanded, at which time the Wayne County Sheriff Department took over policing the city.<12> The Highland Park Police Department was re-established on July 1, 2007.<13> The city was returned to local control in July 2009 by Robert Mason, the city's last emergency financial manager.<9>

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