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Seven (6?) Is Enough: Orr Says No To Filling Council Vacancies

July 9th, 2013

“I still have a responsibility to the people of the city of Detroit. I took an oath and committed to do my best to serve the city for four years—so that hasn’t changed—with or without an Emergency Manager.”

—Saunteel Jenkins, Detroit City Council President

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has directed the city council not to fill its two open seats. President Pro-tem Gary Brown left, and now works for Orr. Kwame Kenyatta also resigned, ending his long political career in Detroit. On Tuesday, the council elected Saunteel Jenkins as its new president, and Andre Spivey as President Pro-tem, even as it deals with the two vacancies, the absence of former President Charles Pugh, and this new edict from the EM. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Jenkins if she thinks the elected body can be effective with just seven members. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.