Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon steps down

Dillon cites recent divorce, media attention as reason for resigning

Author: Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 10:52:30 AM EST   Updated On: Oct 12 2013 03:28:04 AM EDT
DETROIT -

Michigan State Treasurer Andy Dillon is stepping down from his position.

Dillon issued a statement on his resignation Friday afternoon, citing issues related to his recent divorce and media attention because of it.

"It is with mixed emotions that I announce I have tendered my resignation to Governor Snyder. It has become clear to me -- as it likely is to most -- that it is unfair to my family and the residents of Michigan, to allow issues related to my recent divorce and the unfortunate acrimony associated with it to be a continued source of media attention and scrutiny," Dillon's resignation letter reads.

Read: Andy Dillon's statement on resignation

This move to step down comes a day after Dillon was questioned in a deposition for more than three hours in Lansing by lawyers for union workers and retirees opposing Detroit's bankruptcy filing.

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The union claims state-appointed Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has negotiated in bad faith while trying to restructure $18 billion or more in debt.

Dillon and Gov. Rick Snyder, who were involved in Orr's hiring, both testified this week.

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Dillon was elected to the Michigan House in 2004, then re-elected in 2006 and was chosen to be speaker of the House. He was re-elected again in 2008.

Snyder appointed Dillon state treasurer in 2011.

"It is with regret but understanding that I accept Andy’s resignation," Snyder said in a statement released Friday. "He has been instrumental in many of the comprehensive reforms that are contributing to Michigan’s comeback. Andy has worked tirelessly on behalf of the people of Michigan, and we’re a stronger state because of his dedication, expertise and leadership."

Read: Snyder's full statement on Dillon's resignation

Andy Dillon resigns: The back story

YOU CAN FIND THE LINK RIGHT THERE ON THE HOME PAGE. WELL NOW TO A STORY WE BROKE EARLIER THIS AFTERNOON. YOU KNOW THE RUMOR SPREADING THROUGH LANSING FOR WEEKS IS NOW OFFICIAL. STATE TREASURER ANDY DILLON IS OUT, RESIGNING TODAY. Steve: IT'S BEEN A HARD YEAR FOR ANDY DILLON WITH A LOT OF PERSONAL AND FAMILY ISSUES. SO THIS ISN'T A COMPLETE SURPRISE. MARA MACDONALD HAS MORE INFORMATION. Mara: FIRST OF ALL, LET'S GET TO THE BACK STORY HERE. THERE HAVE BEEN RUMORS GOING BACK TO LAST YEAR THAT DILLON WAS GONNA BE MOVED OUT OF TREASURY, NOT BECAUSE HE'S A LOUSY TREASURER, AS A MATTER OF FACT HE'S GETTING A LOT OF SUPPORT AND PRAISE FOR HOW HE HAS HANDLED DETROIT'S CHAPTER 9 FILING, BUT WHAT IS EXPLAINED AS A SCATTERED MANAGEMENT STYLE, BUT ADD ON TOP OF THAT A HIDEOUS NASTY DIVORCE THAT HAS BEEN PLAYING OUT IN PUBLIC IN THE MEDIA. REALIZE THAT THE DILLON PICK FOR TREASURER CAUSED BAD FEELINGS IN BOTH PARTIES. REPUBLICANS DIDN'T THINK HE DESERVED THE JOB AND DEMOCRATS THOUGHT HE WAS A TURNCOAT. HE IS CONSERVATIVE ON SOCIAL ISSUES. SO NOW WHAT? THE GOVERNOR IS LOOKING FOR A NEW TREASURER, A PROCESS THAT HAS BEEN UNDER WAY FOR QUITE SOME TIME. AND THAT THE CURRENT TOP CHOICE FOR THE JOB IS AN EXECUTIVE AT DTE, ALTHOUGH TONIGHT THE GOVERNOR SAYS THE PROCESS IS NOT YET COMPLETE. ANDY DILLON, FOR HIS PART, SENDING OUT A STATEMENT TONIGHT BLAMING OR SUGGESTING THAT THIS RESIGNATION REALLY IS DUE TO THE PERSONAL PROBLEMS AND TO HOW THIS DIVORCE HAS PLAYED OUT IN THE MEDIA OVER THE LAST SIX MONTHS. WE'RE LIVE DOWNTOWN, MARA