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Transition to Local Control Continues in Pontiac

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RTAB Approves Amendment to Final EM Order

April 16, 2014

The Pontiac Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) today, approved an amendment to Emergency Manager Order S-334, enacted by Lou Schimmel last August, which will accelerate the transition to full Home Rule for the City of Pontiac. State Treasurer Kevin Clinton is expected to approve the amended order, once it is officially submitted by the RTAB.  

“This is an important day for the residents of the City of Pontiac,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. “Just eight months ago, Lou Schimmel concluded his work as emergency manager in Pontiac. Since that time, with guidance and input from the Receivership Transition Advisory Board, city officials have demonstrated the collaboration and coordination necessary to assume additional authority and responsibility. It is encouraging to see progress being made in Pontiac.”  

The amendments to EM Order S-334, the result of multiple conversations between Department of Treasury staff and city officials, more clearly define the roles of the mayor, city administrator, and city council going forward. Specifically, the changes transfer responsibility and oversight of annual budget development, economic development, Phoenix Center litigation, and pension and other post-employment retirement benefits from the city administrator to the mayor. The amendments also clarify municipal operations and transform the position of deputy mayor to a full-time administrative post.

“The long-range objective is to accelerate the return of the City of Pontiac to full Home Rule,” said State Treasurer Clinton. “The positive momentum that has built up over the last year promises to continue through greater levels of communication, coordination, and collaboration between the mayor, the city administrator, members of city council, and all stakeholders.”

Members of the Pontiac RTAB include: Ed Koryzno, director of Treasury’s Bureau of Local Government Services, Lou Schimmel, former Pontiac emergency manager, Keith Sawdon, Finance Director for the City of Rochester Hills, and former automotive executive Robert Burgess.

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