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New Flint mayor will not be able to clean house at city hall

Nov 7, 2015

Flint Mayor-elect Karen Weaver will be sworn in on Monday.   But she’s starting with less power than her predecessors.

Mayor-elect Karen Weaver
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

When he took office six years ago, outgoing mayor Dayne Walling appointed more than a dozen top city officials.   But incoming mayor Karen Weaver can not appoint a single department head.

One of the last decisions by Flint’s last emergency manager was to give all personnel decisions to the city administrator. 

City Administrator Natasha Henderson is not giving that power up.

“I don’t foresee that there would be a change because those things are in place,” says Henderson.

Henderson says she has talked to the incoming mayor, but not about appointments.