Rarely in Detroit’s history has it been blessed with so much bright, fresh talent eager to take on the revitalization of the city.
Unfortunately, new Mayor Mike Duggan must not be seeing their resumes.
Instead of tapping into this growing pool of would-be Detroit saviors, Duggan is filling the key positions in his administration with cronies, nearly all of them Democratic operatives who would seem better suited to staffing a political machine than remaking a city.
I wrote earlier about the cronyism of Duggan’s first round of appointees, which included his personal attorney Tom Lewand Sr., a former Democratic Party chair, Butch Hollowell, another one-time Michigan Democratic Party chair, Ike McKinnon, the ex-Detroit police chief, and Charlie Beckham, City Hall’s boomerang man.
Now Duggan has tapped a third ex-Democratic Party chair, Rick Wiener, to head up the Detroit Land Bank.
These folks may be smart and capable. But, again, their expertise is mostly in politics, or they’re longtime Duggan loyalists, or both.
Read more about what Nolan Finley had to say about Duggan and cronyism in The Detroit News