DETROIT – Ingham County Judge William Collette will hold a hearing Wednesday to force attorneys for Gov. Rick Snyder, State Treasurer Andy Dillon and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to show why they should not be found in contempt of court for failing to turn over emails and other records related to Orr's hiring in March.
Union activist Robert Davis alleges violations of the state Open Meetings Act in the hiring of Orr.
Dillon signed a sworn affidavit saying he made no recommendations for the position of emergency financial manager prior to the loan board meeting to pick a candidate. However, an email from Dillon on March 12, two days before the Loan Board met, reads, "Attached to this email you will find biographical information for Kevyn Orr. You have undoubtedly heard news accounts of the governor having a top "candidate" for the position. Mr. Orr is that individual. Out of respect for the governor's recommendation, I would ask that we give Mr. Orr due consideration for the position."
Davis, who is awaiting trial in federal court on charges he stole from Highland Park schools as a board member, claims more emails exist and is asking Judge Collette to order them to be produced immediately.