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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointment to the City of Pontiac Receivership Transition Advisory Board

Thursday, December 17, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Doug Bernstein, of Royal Oak, to the City of Pontiac Receivership Transition Advisory Board.

The board was first named in August of 2013 after the city of Pontiac transitioned back to local control.

"I am confident that Doug will work hard with local leaders to ensure continued financial stability in the city of Pontiac," Snyder said.

Bernstein is a director, shareholder, and practice group leader for Plunkett Cooney and has been practicing law for more than 32 years. He was also counsel to charitable foundations in the city of Detroit’s Grand Bargain. Bernstein is co-founder and director of the Detroit Riverfront Events, Inc., general counsel and director of the ABRA/H1 Unlimited Hydroplane Racing Series, a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, a member of the Attorney Discipline Board, and a recent member of the Turnaround Management Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University and a law degree from the Detroit College of Law. He represents members with relevant professional experience and fills the vacancy created by the resignation of Lou Schimmel.

Other members of the City of Pontiac RTAB include: Edward Koryzno, representing the State Treasurer, Robert Burgess, representing the Director of the Department of Technology, Management, and Budget, and Keith Sawdon, representing members with relevant professional experience. Members serve at the pleasure of the governor.

For more information about Public Act 436 of 2012, the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, visit the Local Government Fiscal Health page on the Department of Treasury’s web site at