Detroit's deputy mayor leaves administration

Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis leaves Mayor Dave Bing's administration to return to private sector

Published On: Feb 20 2013 04:34:41 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 20 2013 04:38:54 PM EST
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis and Communications Director Robert Warfield
DETROIT -

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced Wednesday Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis will leave the administration and return to the private sector.

Lewis joined Bing's administration in 2010 as chief governmental and corporate affairs officer. He became deputy mayor in March 2012.

Lewis spent 22 years in the automotive industry before joining Bing.

"It has been a special opportunity to perform public service, and hopefully I have been able to contribute to the Mayor’s transformation of Detroit. However, my background and strengths are in the automotive industry and therefore I’m looking forward to returning," Lewis said in a news release. "Having known the mayor for more than 40 years, I believe strongly in the direction he is moving this City. He has restored respect and trust back to the Mayor’s Office, and thankfully I’ve been a part of the team that has assisted him in changing the conversation about Detroit and its future."

Bing wishes him well on his new path.

"Kirk has been an important part of my business career as well as my tenure as Mayor, and he has served well in both capacities. I know he has looked forward to getting back into the private sector. This opportunity is an excellent one, and I wish him well," Bing said in a news release.

Lewis stepped up his role this past year when Bing was out of work due to health issues.