DETROIT -- Former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick will accept a job with an affiliate of Detroit-based Compuware, despite a statement last week by ex-mayor and Compuware board member Dennis Archer that the disgraced ex-mayor would not be hired.
The Detroit Free Press, citing a person familiar with the arrangement that it didn’t name, reports Thursday that Compuware Chairman Peter Karmanos was preparing to announce the hiring later in the day.
Compuware Chairman Peter Karmanos, who decided to move the company headquarters downtown in 1999, before Kilpatrick took office, defended the mayor, even when he was under intense pressure to resign. The company's headquarters building is the linchpin of Campus Martius Park, one of downtown's most successful redevelopment areas.
As recently as August, Karmanos and his wife had dinner with Kwame and Carlita Kilpatrick at the Karmanos' home.
Kilpatrick's wife and children have moved to Dallas, and the ex-mayor was there last week interviewing for job with an undisclosed company.
Compuware affiliate Covisint operates in Texas, developing communications systems for large computer networks.
The company, according to its website, "streamlines and automates business processes, globally connecting business communities, organizations and systems in the manufacturing, healthcare, aerospace, public sector and financial services industries."
After he was freed from a 99-day jail term for lying in a Whistleblowers' trial, Kilpatrick flew on a private jet chartered by his mother to interview for a job in Texas.
Meanwhile, Compuware announced it has laid off 250 employees, or about 4 percent of its worldwide work force of 6,000.
The software and technical services company didn't say where those laid off Tuesday worked, but about 3,300 of its employees have been in downtown Detroit.