Detroit leaders vetting names for financial review board

Apr 10, 2012

The process leading to the selection of a nine-person financial review board to help Detroit monitor its finances and set budget revenue projections has started, even as some community leaders question whether the mayor and City Council too easily gave up control of the city to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Detroit NAACP President Wendell Anthony told Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis during a forum Tuesday that city residents want to be a partner with the state, but "don't want to surrender who we are."

The agreement is aimed at turning around Detroit's finances while preventing the appointment of an emergency manager who would have had the authority to dismiss elected leaders. The deal includes forming a financial review board.

Lewis said names are currently being vetted for possible selection to the board.