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Gov. Snyder would like to give Flint's mayor "more authority"

Jan 8, 2016

Gov. Rick Snyder (right) and Flint Mayor Karen Weaver speak to reporters after meeting Thursday to discuss Flint's drinking water crisis
Credit Gov. Rick Snyder's office

Governor Rick Snyder says he would like to give Flint’s mayor "more authority." 

Flint has been under state oversight since 2011, when Snyder appointed the first of four emergency managers to run the city.   The last emergency manager left in April 2015.

But this week, after meeting with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver about the city’s drinking water crisis, Snyder suggested it’s time to move closer to local control.

“I want to be partnering with the local official, which is the mayor,” says Snyder. “I’m excited for the role she’s playing there, and how we can work more closely together.”

The city remains under a state oversight board, and city administrator appointed by the last emergency manager. 

Weaver issued a statement welcoming the governor’s comments. She campaigned last year on returning Flint to local control.