Emergency Managers — January 18, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Emergency Managers, sticklers for detail? Uhhh…not so much


When you put a single man in charge of the city of Flint, a non-elected financial guy with no accountablility to the local residents, answerable only the Governor, you’d probably want to choose someone who pays crazy close attention to detail, wouldn’t you? Someone who is truly gifted at dotting the the “I”s and crossing the “T”s?

Well, apparently that is not a job qualification for our Michigan Emergency Managers. Flint Emergency Manager Michael Brown released a 19-page “Financial and Operating Plan” this week. Right square in the middle of the document, is the date: January 15, 2013.

Yup, he got the date wrong. I thought maybe this was referring to the end date or something but, no, when you go to the next page, the date is correct. I could understand if it were 2011. It’s still January and plenty of us are still getting used to writing 2012. But 2013?

I haven’t gotten into the meat of the plan yet but, based on the front cover, I’m a bit worried.