DETROIT - Gary Brown has resigned from his role as Detroit City Council President Pro Tem, and it officially takes effect Monday. He'll join Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr as a restructuring officer.
In an interview with Local 4 Wednesday morning, Brown said his resignation is effective July 1.
"Kevyn Orr approached me with the opportunity, and, after careful consideration, I decided that my skill set was ideal for what he's asking me to do," Brown said. "I want to thank all of my supporters and the people who stood behind me, voted for me. It certainly was an honor to be a member of the Detroit City Council."20719826
Brown will become Detroit' chief compliance officer, spearheading efforts to right-size and reform city operations as part of a broader restructuring.
"I think Kevyn Orr has assembled a stellar team of individuals to attack these problems," Brown said. "My strong suit is understanding what's wrong with city departments after being on City Council for four years. I've certainly been listening to citizens and listening to complaints and seeing a broken city government."
Brown said he'll be working on checks and balances to stop the "shenanigans" that have gone on in some of the departments.
He will earn $225,000 a year.
What does the City Charter say?
"For one (1) year after employment with the City, a Public Servant shall not lobby or appear before the City Council or any City department, agency, board, commission or body or receive compensation for any services in connection with any matter in which he or she was directly concerned, personally participated, actively considered or acquired knowledge while working for the City."
When asked whether he thought his new position was in violation of the above charter language, Brown said, "I don't know if it is or not. I think Kevyn Orr has the ability under [Public Act] 436 to go outside the Charter if he deems it necessary."
Brown was elected in 2009. In May, he announced he wouldn't be running again.
Before his time on council, Brown spent 26 years with the Detroit Police Department.
He retired from the department as deputy police chief.
Brown was one of two officers who sued the city on grounds they were wrongfully fired in 2003 under then Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Brown and Harold Nelthrop won the whistle-blower case against the city and received an $8 million payout.
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