Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem Gary Brown to announce decision on new job with city

(WXYZ) - Detroit City Council President Pro-Tem Gary Brown said he will announce his decision on Wednesday whether to stay on the City Council or move to a new job.

As 7 Action News first reported last Friday, Brown is expected to move into a new job as Chief Restructuring Officer under Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr. 

The issue was raised by Council Member Joann Watson at the beginning of Tuesday's council meeting saying Brown can not hold both jobs. Brown has yet to confirm he's even considering the new position and so far has refused to comment to the media. 

Brown said he would announce the decision on Tuesday, but delayed the decision. 

Sources have told 7 Action News that Brown will be in charge of restructuring the city facing a $17 billion dollar deficit while the Emergency Manager focuses on negotiations with creditors ahead of what could be a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy. 

Brown has served nearly four years on City Council and was not running for re-election this year. 

He had several years in the Detroit Police Department before clashing with former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in a whistleblower case. 

In that case Kilpatrick committed perjury, resigned and has since been convicted of federal corruption charges in which he's awaiting sentencing to what could be 20 years or more in prison. 

Sources say new incoming Police Chief James Craig will focus on restructuring the police department while Brown does other public safety and all other city departments. 

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is still a full time mayor.  His office declined to comment on Brown.  The city also has consultants working on restructuring and being paid millions of dollars.

 

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