Court hearing may determine immediate future of Flint emergency manager

Mar 20, 2012

A court hearing this afternoon may decide if Flint’s emergency manager can once again run the city.

Michael Brown has been in limbo since last Thursday.  That’s when a judge issued a temporary restraining order preventing him from acting as Flint’s emergency manager.

Brown’s been on the job since December.  But city unions claim the panel that recommended the appointment of an emergency manager in Flint violated Michigan’s open meetings law.

State officials hope today’s court hearing will lead to the reinstatement of Brown’s emergency manager powers.

That could be critical, as the city of Flint prepares next year’s budget, one that must deal with an estimated $20 million deficit.