Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Michigan: Pontiac Mayor recall language approved

The Oakland County (Michigan) approved recall language by a 2-1 vote against Pontiac Mayor Leon Jukowski, elected in 2009. Petitioners are claiming that the mayor has a conflict of interest because he is both the city's mayor and a paid consultant to the city's emergency manager, Louis Schimmel. Supporters have 180 days to collect 3,237 signatures.

Some interesting details here:
Jukowski was elected in 2009 and has always worked under an emergency manager, with no authority over the city's operations and zero pay since mid-2010. Schimmel hired him as a consultant in September and bumped his pay in December to $50,000 a year, plus benefits. The last mayor in Pontiac who didn't operate under an emergency manager made $120,000 a year, plus benefits.

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