So, Detroit’s in the very, very early stages of its financial turnaround, and the city goes ahead and sues the state, implausibly arguing that in doing so, they’re just trying to make sure that a court will uphold its legality. Well.
Detroit, by some point next week, argues Mayor Dave Bing and new CFO Jack Martin, will be out of cash to service existing bond payments. It’s also questionable as to whether or not the city will be able to make its payroll. And the process of turning the city around financially seems to have stalled as soon as it began.
If I were Dave Bing, I’d order Detroit Corporation Counsel, the chief attorney for the city, to drop the suit. And if she refused, then I’d fire her. There seems to be some confusion as to whether or not he’d able to do so, as he’d need the backing of the city council to do so, and it’s not clear that he’d be able to get the votes. But, again, were I Bing, I’d just go ahead and fire her, appoint a new Corporation Counsel, and worry about the legalities later. If that included using Detroit City police to prevent her from entering her office, so be it. The time for engaging in these antics has since long passed, and decisive, even authoritarian leadership is needed if the city is to prevent a backslide into receivership.