Former Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon, who resigned in October after we exposed his drinking problems and ugly divorce, continues to receive a full $174,000 salary courtesy of taxpayers, the governor’s office confirmed this morning.
Although Dillon officially resigned on Halloween, Gov. Rick Snyder never stopped paying the former speaker of the state House of Representatives, who oversaw the unprecedented appointments of emergency managers in cities and schools across the state.
“This is a transition role and temporary,” Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel told MLive Wednesday. “It was deemed appropriate and instrumental due to complexity and urgency of local government fiscal health issues in Detroit and other parts of the state.”
Dillon, a Democrat, is helping new Treasurer Kevin Clinton ease into the job, the governor’s office said.
The Motor City Muckraker first divulged problems with Dillon’s leadership after staffers, family and friends told us he had lost control of his drinking problem and wasn’t showing up to work. We revealed that he sought treatment in early January.
But that was just the beginning of his troubles.
In August, we showed that Dillon sent his ex-wife racially charged texts aimed at her black boyfriend. He also was accused of domestic violence but charges were never filed because of a lack of evidence.
Under the state’s emergency manager law, Dillon had more authority over cities than previous treasurers. He played an integral role in the state takeovers of local governments and schools.
In 2004, Dillon was first elected to the House. After winning re-election in 2006, his Democratic colleagues appointed hims to be the speaker of the House. Dillon even survived a recall election for his role in raising taxes and was re-elected in 2008.
Snyder, a Republican, shocked many Lansing insiders when he appointed Dillon, a Democrat, to the post.
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.