DETROIT (WJBK) — A judge said Wednesday that the state review team looking into Detroit’s financial crisis did not follow the rules. According to that judge, they should have been conducting open meetings. Now, anything they did behind closed doors is essentially null and void.
“To have somebody step in for a minute and kind of clean things up, straighten things up, I would be for that,” said Detroit resident Doreen Buford.
She likes the idea of an emergency manager in Detroit, but she doesn’t like the process the state’s using to determine whether her city actually needs one.
“I don’t know enough about it. It really makes you feel like you’ve been kept out,” Buford explained.
If you ask activist Robert Davis, Buford is absolutely right. He says the Detroit financial review team has been violating the Open Meetings Act by meeting with the mayor and members of city council and amongst itself without the public’s knowledge.
Davis filed a lawsuit, and Wednesday morning an Ingham County judge barred the review team from holding closed meetings and essentially invalidated everything they’ve done up to this point.
“Everything that they’ve done, they have to go back and redo,” said Davis.
The lawsuit had essentially put the financial review process on hold. State Treasurer Andy Dillon issued a statement saying, in part, “The financial review team’s work will continue in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.”
Mayor Dave Bing also issued a statement where he indicated that the city of Detroit has been open and transparent about the city’s financial condition.
Find out more coverage on this story on My Fox Detroit