Warren City Council meets for first time since release of alleged Mayor Fouts recordings

Warren City Council expected to discuss alleged comments made by Mayor Fouts


WARREN, Mich. – A city council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening in Warren and one topic expected to be discussed is Mayor Jim Fouts.

Secret recordings were released Friday which experts said is Fouts making insulting comments toward people with special needs.

Fouts vehemently denies it’s his voice on the tapes.

Warren City Councilman Scott Stevens is expected to ask the city council to demand Fouts give voice samples using the exact verbiage in the widely denounced tape.

The employee who recorded it confirmed he was in Fouts’ office and Fouts was speaking to him; upset about having to attend an event at General Motors which was a prelude to the Special Olympics.

Fouts was fired Monday from his weekend job as a radio host of 910 am.

Advocates for the disabled, including Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and the Arc of Michigan launched an anti-stigma campaign aimed at preventing further harm from the words used in the tape.

The scandal comes on the heels of a brewing conflict between Fouts and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel. In recent weeks, Fouts posted to social media hinting at a major environmental scandal saying that it “could be a mini version of what happened in Flint.” Hackel held a news conference to address the scare and Fouts’ statements. A back-and-forth clash of allegations and rebukes began through a series of letters.

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