Gov. Rick Snyder says he would like to avoid a state-appointed emergency manager for Detroit and prefers a consent agreement between the city and state.
But he noted during an appearance in Detroit on Monday that "we're running out of time" with a March 27 due date looming for a review team to report back to Snyder as to whether a financial emergency exists.
The first-term Republican was the featured guest at a "Pancakes & Politics" forum at the Detroit Athletic Club.
Asked about the emergency manager situation, Snyder said assigning one to the city "is a possibility, but it isn't something" he wants "to see happen."
Snyder said he wants the city to "keep running the city."
Detroit faces cash flow problems and a nearly $200 million budget deficit.
Snyder also talked about the troubling trend of violence in the city.
"Public safety, that is fundamental to quality of life, to having an opportunity for family and we don't do good enough in this state," he said. "One key element is law enforcement. But that's not good enough in it's own right. We need to reform our criminal justice system."
The Rev. Jesse Jackson was also at the forum and said violence is a hard habit to break.
"We are the most violent nature on earth. We make the most guns, we sell them, advertise violence, we promote violence, we glorify violence," Jackson said.