Embattled ex-state treasurer lands job with key Detroit bankruptcy consultant

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Andy Dillon

Embattled former state Treasurer Andy Dillon, who resigned on Oct. 31, had no trouble finding a new job in the private sector.

The job was courtesy of Conway MacKenzie, a local consulting firm that then-Treasurer Dillon helped land a lucrative contract to assist with Detroit’s financial crisis. The firm’s president and CEO, Van Conway, also was a good friend of Dillon’s before the contract process even began.

The state has very few limitations on post-employment for governor-appointed officials.

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Van Conway and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson

Conway MacKenzie’s initial $4 million contract has ballooned to more than $19 million, city records show.

Van Conway, who is known for hosting lavish holiday parties with scantily clad women, has declined to talk with us for months after initially denying Dillon was working for him.

A phone call Monday to Dillon’s new Conway MacKenzie office in Birmingham confirmed that the former treasurer was in fact working there.

Dillon didn’t return our calls for comment.

In February, we revealed that Dillon rarely performed his duties while collecting about $40,000 to teach his successor the ropes for three months after he officially resigned.

Dillon resigned on Halloween after we revealed alcohol problems and racially charged text messages sent from his cell phone.

Dillon oversaw the appointment of emergency managers in numerous Michigan cities and schools but was distracted by excessive drinking and a messy divorce, we reported last year.

Dillon also was accused of domestic violence last year but charges were never filed because of a lack of evidence.

Steve Neavling

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.