The administration has acknowledged it transferred $30,000 from a city agency into a bank account for a nonprofit and quickly took back the money after council shed light on the deposit.
Kenyatta and at least two other council members are considering a hearing to remove the mayor from office, which may be possible under the city’s new charter, which was approved by voters last year.
The charter gives city officials authority to remove some elected officials from office, a measure inspired by former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s refusal to resign amid criminal allegations.
It’s unclear whether the bank transfer is enough to remove Bing from office, but the mayor only has one consistent ally on council, James Tate.
Kenyatta is among four council members who voted against a consent agreement, which eventually spared the city from an emergency financial manager – for now.
The Motor City Muckraker is awaiting comment from the mayor’s office.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.