Detroit’s chief procurement officer Andre DuPerry, who was part of the mayor’s turnaround team, said he could no longer work with Orr and his staff because they routinely steamrolled the competitive bidding process and operated in the dark. He expressed concerns about money spent on consultants and attorneys, who include Orr’s former law firm, Jones Day. His former colleagues have already received about $3.5 million in attorney fees, we reported last month.
“The actions of the emergency manager, his staff and consultants have made it impossible for me to feel confident that there is currently transparency, fairness and good judgment being exercised in the best interests of the people I serve,” according to DuPerry’s resignation letter, obtained by Motor City Muckraker. “The emergency manager’s inconsistency and lack of compliance with the competitive bid and contract approval processes is extremely concerning to me.”
Under the state’s controversial emergency manager law, Orr has unprecedented authority to award contracts to whomever he chooses and spend tax dollars without council or mayoral approval.
The process of appointing an emergency manager in Detroit was paved in lies and secrets, which came to light in e-mails between the city and state. Even supporters of the EM have criticized Orr’s office for its lack of transparency.
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.