Two months after we reported the Redford Democrat checked into an addiction-treatment center for substance abuse, court records indicate Dillon’s taxpayer income will be withheld because he has failed to pay more than $5,000 in child and spousal support after just three months of divorce.
Dillon, who earns $174,000 a year, disputed those claims today through his attorney, James Harrington, saying the court made an error because payments were supposed to be made until July.
“There is confusion at the Friend of the Court,” Harrington said. “I am working with them to resolve this.”
The treasurer’s ex-wife, Carol Owen-Dillon, said the payments were to begin in March but never arrived.
Since the divorce, Dillon has been staying in a Lansing hotel and at a friend’s house. People close to the treasurer told us two months ago that Dillon’s drinking was affecting his job and mood.
Dillon has declined to comment.
The personal issues come at a challenging time. Under the state’s emergency manager law, Dillon has unprecedented influence over financially struggling cities and school districts. In the past three years, Dillon has declared financial emergencies in Hamtramck, Detroit, Allen Park, Inkster, Detroit Public Schools, Highland Park School District and Muskegon Heights School District.
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.