Snyder: Detroit emergency financial manager qualified despite tax liens

DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says he believes Detroit's incoming emergency financial manager is qualified to help turn the city around despite records showing he had tax liens.

Snyder told reporters Monday in Detroit that the state did a "very thorough process" in vetting Kevyn Orr for the job, and Orr now can focus on getting "Detroit going again" after taking care of the debt.

Records show the auto-industry turnaround expert had tax liens on his Maryland home.

Orr was appointed Thursday. He said Friday he didn't know anything about the liens when shown the records by The Detroit News.

Orr had two outstanding liens on his $1 million home in Chevy Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011.

On Saturday, Orr said he was paid up.

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