Detroit City Council in limbo as Andre Spivey faces federal bribery charges

Speculation grows about whether politician will resign

Speculation grows on whether Detroit City Council member will resign
Speculation grows on whether Detroit City Council member will resign

DETROIT – The upheaval on the Detroit City Council seems to be far from over after the federal government accused councilman Andre Spivey of taking a bribe.

While Spivey is not running for re-election he has yet to step down from his post.

There is no indication if or when that could happen.

He’s expected in federal court Tuesday with at least two more appearances there this year.

He is charged with conspiracy to commit bribery. The US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan reported he personally received a $1,000 cash payment from an undercover officer on Oct. 26, 2018 as part of a larger conspiracy that raked in another $34,000.

Read more: Detroit councilman Andre Spivey expected to be indicted on bribery charges

In an unusual move, considering the information that came out last week, on Sunday night Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones put out this statement.

“On Tuesday, while chairing the last official formal session prior to August recess for Detroit City Council, I was saddened to receive the news about district four council member Andre Spivey’s indictment,” said Jones in the statement.

The statement continued, “Although this issue is very serious, the Detroit City Council will continue to stay focused and do the work of the people of this great city. At this time, I have received no official letter of resignation from member Spivey. My prayers and support go out to him and his family, as well as to the people of the City of Detroit.”

The council president would not go on camera Monday, but her office did tell Local 4 News her statement, particularly the part about him not resigning came in response to media inquiries.

As of Monday night there was still no word on whether he would resign.

Just as former Detroit City Council member Gabe Leland pleaded guilty and resigned from his post, it is expected Spivey will do the same as part of his plea agreement that could come as early as next week.

Related: Gabe Leland pleads guilty to misconduct in office, resigns from Detroit City Council


About the Authors:

Rod Meloni is an Emmy Award-winning Business Editor on Local 4 News and a Certified Financial Planner™ Professional.

Natasha Dado is a digital content producer for ClickOnDetroit.