Bill Nowling, the veteran Republican strategist who served as spokesman for Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, has found lucrative work since the city emerged from bankruptcy in December.
On Tuesday, Nowling was in New Jersey raking in $375 an hour as the spokesman for Atlantic City’s new emergency manager, Kevin Lavin. Nowling, who began that job about two weeks ago, also serves as the spokesman for metro Detroit’s new regional water authority, an initiative that he and Orr pushed last year.
Nowling’s contract with Atlantic City is capped at $17,500 through July 31, but he’s trying to hammer out a longer term deal.
Nowling was a controversial choice as Orr’s spokesman because he is an outspoken conservative who supported state funding cuts to Detroit and fought against affirmative action and labor unions.
Nowling, who wrote a blog, “The Lunchbucket Conservative,” also served as a spokesman for Gov. Rick Snyder’s campaign, the Michigan Republican Party and for GOP lawmakers in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
Before Nowling landed the job in Atlantic City, Orr made $70,000 as a three-month advisor to an emergency management team appointed by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
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.