Detroit, Emergency Financial Managers, Emergency Managers — March 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

Detroit’s new Emergency Financial Manager apparently not a details kinda guy, has 2 tax liens he didn’t know about


Aww, geez…

I don’t want to beat this guy up too much since he’s just getting started and I feel compelled to wish him success in his job. He is a Democrat, after all, and I think we ALL want Detroit to do well. However, one would hope that the guy tasked with saving Detroit from its financial disaster would be a bit more detail oriented than this. It turns out Kevyn Orr has two outstanding tax liens on properties he owns in Maryland. They are related to unpaid unemployment taxes.


The man charged with fixing Detroit’s faltering finances has been hit with four liens in four years from the state of Maryland for unpaid taxes, records show.

State records show Kevyn D. Orr, who was appointed emergency manager on Thursday, has two outstanding liens on his $1 million home in Chevy Chase, Md., for $16,000 in unemployment taxes in 2010 and 2011. Two other liens of more than $16,000 in unemployment and income taxes were satisfied in 2010 and 2011, records show.

Orr said he didn’t know anything about the liens when shown records of them Friday morning by The Detroit News.

“I don’t know what they are,” Orr said, as his new boss, Gov. Rick Snyder, sat next to him in The News’ offices. “That’s surprising to me, to be honest.”

Apparently Governor Snyder’s staff aren’t all that details-oriented either since they didn’t know anything about it.

Orr blames the mess on “an outside accountant”. Blaming others is certainly one approach, of course. However, I think he’d have been better off taking full responsibility on himself and moving forward.

An inauspicious beginning, to say the least. Actually scares the crap out of me, if I’m honest.

Aye, aye, aye…