The city breathed a collective sigh of relief when Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick announced his resignation Sept. 4, but now faces the anxiety of the unknown. Kenneth V. Cockrel Jr. has taken the reins as Detroit's interim mayor, but the city is in the odd position of potentially having four mayors in about 16 months: Kilpatrick; Cockrel; the candidate chosen to serve the remainder of Kilpatrick's term after a special primary Feb. 24 and general election May 5 ; and the next mayor chosen in the regularly scheduled November 2009 election.
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Kwame Kilpatrick under fire
The man who came into power as the youngest mayor in Detroit history leaves as the only chief executive charged with a felony. The decision in 2003 by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, to remove Gary Brown from the helm of internal affairs snowballed into a wide-reaching scandal. Lying about the decision under oath during a whistleblower trial eventually cost them their jobs, and landed Kilpatrick behind bars.
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