Emergency Manager Law, Emergency Managers — July 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

Former spokesman for Gov. Snyder and Detroit Emergency Manager Orr cashes in on Atlantic City’s financial crisis


Bill Nowling is a longtime Republican spokesman and strategist. He was Governor Rick Snyder’s spokesman for a time. Then he was Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s mouthpiece.

Now Nowling is cashing in on Atlantic City’s current financial emergency:

Atlantic City’s Emergency Manager, Kevin Lavin, appointed by Gov. Christie in January, did not issue an updated report this month as promised in his previous report, when he recommended $10 million in budget cuts, hundreds of layoffs, and mediators to negotiate with casinos and unions.

He did, however, produce a $375 an hour newly hired spokesman, Bill Nowling, previously the spokesman for Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, who also served as a consultant for Atlantic City. Orr earned about $70,000 for about three months of work before departing in April. […]

Nowling’s current contract with the city runs through July 31 and is capped at $17,500, but he said he was negotiating a longer term contract to continue to provide communications services for the Emergency Manager as Atlantic City’s debt restructuring continues.

This comes on the heels of Kevyn Orr billing Atlantic City nearly $1,000 an hour for his services.

I gotta say, this whole emergency management thing is pretty lucrative. You know, if you know the right people.