Detroit — Gov. Rick Snyder will be questioned under oath Oct. 9 about his decision to authorize the biggest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history, according to court records filed Tuesday.
Snyder would become the first sitting governor in modern Michigan history to face questions under oath.
The three-hour deposition is set for 8:30 a.m. at Snyder’s office in Lansing at the Romney Building.
Treasurer Andy Dillon will be questioned Oct. 10 along with Richard Baird, the governor’s transformation manager.
Last month, the state Attorney General’s Office agreed to make the Republican governor available for a deposition longtime Michigan political observers say adds to the unprecedented nature of Detroit’s bankruptcy.
The deal was ironed out on the sidelines of a bankruptcy hearing after U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes grilled a state lawyer about a last-ditch attempt to shield Snyder and members of his administration from being deposed in the case.
Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Monday that the governor volunteered to be deposed “to see this case resolved fairly and as quickly as possible and to ensure what's in best interests of Detroiters and Michiganders.”
The depositions marks a victory for city unions that are trying to prove the city negotiated in bad faith before filing for bankruptcy July 18 and that the Chapter 9 case violates the state constitution’s protection of vested pensions earned by government workers.