Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed an ex-acting mayor of Flint to be the city's emergency manager.
Snyder announced Tuesday that Michael Brown will be Flint's emergency manager. Brown will have broad authority to make changes in the financially troubled city, including the power to oversee city government and toss out union contracts in some situations.
A revised state law approved this year expands the (powers of emergency managers. Michigan officials decided earlier this month that a financial emergency exists in Flint.
Brown was acting Flint mayor for six months in 2009. He's president of the Prima Civitas Foundation and director of the Flint Area Reinvestment Office.
Michigan already has emergency managers in place in the Detroit school system and the cities of Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac.