Crittendon was a major force in fighting state intervention. She filed suit, for example, against Michigan late last year to oppose what she considered an illegal emergency manager law.
Gov. Rick Snyder and Bing argued Crittendon was hampering city and state efforts to save Detroit from bankruptcy, but she stayed in the position because the new city charter prevents the mayor from firing corporation counsel without city council approval.
Council’s decision shocked many observers because a majority of the council supported Crittendon until today.
“It’s clear that leadership is out of control,” Councilman Kwame Kenyatta, one of three council members to oppose the firing, said today. “Maybe it’s time for bankruptcy.”
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Steve Neavling is an investigative journalist and former city hall reporter for the Detroit Free Press. Living on the city’s east side, Neavling explores corruption, civil liberties and the underbelly of an oft-misunderstood city.
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.