DETROIT (WXYZ) - Detroit City Councilman Gary Brown has announced his resignation effective July 1.
In an email sent out Wednesday morning, Brown said he would leave his position to accept a new role in the office of Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.
Brown will serve as Chief Compliance Officer. He will be paid $225,000 and the job will last about 16 months - the remaining term of the Emergency Manager.
His job will include making cuts that could include layoffs and outsourcing, while the Emergency Manager will work with creditors.
"As an elected official, my focus has always been on improving public safety, educating our kids and operating a fiscally-responsible government that delivers quality service," Brown said in an email.
He continued, "This [new] position affords the opportunity to focus more heavily on the pivotal areas I mentioned above where Detroiters will feel the greatest positive impact."
Brown ended his letter by thanking his colleagues at Detroit City Council and expresses gratitude to Detroiters, asking for their continued prayer.
"Many unpopular and necessary decisions must be made to return Detroit to its prominent position," said Brown.
Read his entire letter below:
The Next Step in Working Toward a Thriving Detroit
In 2009, I chose to run for Detroit City Council because I believed that we could bring a new direction that Detroiters trust. Voters granted me the honorable privilege to serve as the Council President Pro Tem for the past 42 months.
As an elected official, my focus has always been on improving public safety, educating our kids and operating a fiscally-responsible government that delivers quality services. I believed -- and still believe today -- that these three areas are necessary in creating a thriving environment for residents and businesses.
When Governor Rick Snyder appointed an Emergency Manager in the City of Detroit, I began considering if the role on City Council or another role would best place my skills to work on those three areas mentioned above for the betterment of Detroit. Because the challenges facing Detroit are as much about addressing the finances as they are about managing the current resources.
In April 2012, I partnered with council colleagues to craft a consent agreement with the State of Michigan to afford us the tools and accountability to address our fiscal challenges. However, the political will in the city did not exist in order to have Detroit's elected officials lead implementation of the necessary reforms.
Under the Public Act 436 law, City Council's power is limited in scope and the legislative responsibilities do not provide any authority over city departments, and thus does not afford the opportunity to affect change in the areas of public safety and city services.
When the opportunity arose to serve in a leadership role in restructuring operations with the City of Detroit, I seriously considered it. This includes thoughtful contemplation for continuing my current role as Council President Pro Tem for the remainder of the year. However, each day that implementation of restructuring is not done; it makes turning around the city that much more difficult. Therefore, we must act now.
I have chosen to resign my position on Detroit City Council as President Pro Tem effective July 1 and accept a new role in the Emergency Manager's office with the City of Detroit. This position affords the opportunity to focus more heavily on the pivotal areas I mentioned above where Detroiters will feel the greatest positive impact.
With the knowledge, skills and ability I have acquired over the past decades in both the public and private sectors, this opportunity was the perfect fit in my effort to provide meaningful service to all Detroiters.
Your support and that of other Detroiters has made the following possible during my tenure as Detroit City Council President Pro Tem.
During the past three-and-a-half years, I collaborated with my council colleagues to restore unity, order and dignity to Detroit City Council and address the city's most urgent challenges.
As the Chair of the Public Health and Safety Committee, I partnered with the Bing Administration to improve public safety by leading the charge to pass and adopt the Secondary Employment program ordinance, allowing off-duty police officers to work private security in order to increase police presence without added cost to the city. A number of businesses, block clubs, community associations and community groups are utilizing this program.
I also joined the Bing Administration and Wayne County Officials to lure more than a Billion Dollars in economic development by enabling the Detroit Medical Center to merge with the Vanguard Medical Corporation.
Prior to this, soon after I became a Councilman, I supported the strip club ordinances that would improve the health and safety of employees and customers, as well as nearby residents and businesses, by licensing