Judge orders Flint EM to hold off on decisions

Mar 16, 2012

A judge in Ingham County has ordered Flint’s emergency manager to take no official actions until after a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday. The city’s largest public employee union has filed a lawsuit challenging the process that resulted in the appointment of an emergency manager.

The lawsuit says the state-appointed panel that determined there is a financial emergency in Flint broke Michigan’s open public meetings law by doing its work behind closed doors. It’s not clear who is officially in charge in Flint at the moment. But a statement from Mayor Dayne Walling says city staff will continue to provide services.

A state Treasury spokesman says the order from Ingham County Circuit Judge Rose Aqualina does nothing to change the formal declaration that Flint is in a financial emergency. A similar lawsuit temporarily unseated the emergency  manager of Highland Park.