Detroit — Stacy Fox, a longtime restructuring officer, was named to the newly created position of deputy emergency manager to oversee city operations, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s office announced Friday.
Fox, a founder of the Detroit-based Roxbury Group, resigned from the Detroit office of the Foley & Lardner law firm to take the job, which will include duties as chief of staff, restructuring and city administration. While leading the transition efforts with the new mayor, Fox also appears to be filling a hole in helping to run the day-to-day operations in the city — something Mayor Dave Bing recently complained about during a bankruptcy deposition.
“It is clear that, in addition to managing the restructuring and bankruptcy, the emergency manager needs to take a more proactive step in the day-to-day running of the city,” Orr spokesman Bill Nowling said in a Friday email. “That requires someone who can act on the EM's behalf as a deputy in addition to being a chief of staff.”
Orr also announced that his current chief of staff, Shani Penn, has accepted a new position in Gov. Rick Snyder’s office as senior strategy adviser, handling special projects and advising the Executive Office leadership on Southeast Michigan issues and initiatives.
“Stacy brings an unparalleled level of executive and municipal leadership to the City of Detroit, and I am excited she has agreed to help lead the city’s restructuring at this historic time,” Orr said Friday in a statement. “Stacy is committed to improving basic services for residents and charting a path that will lead to a stronger and more vibrant Detroit.”
Fox adds a depth of municipal leadership that will aid in reinventing Detroit, Orr said. She will receive an annual salary of $175,000 but will not receive benefits. The appointment is effective immediately.
Fox has more than 30 years of experience as a real estate developer, corporate attorney and restructuring executive. She also has been a senior executive and top legal officer for two Fortune 100 companies, most recently as vice president of strategy and general counsel for Sunoco Inc.
Fox received her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan.
Orr also praised the work of Penn, who was chief of staff for City Council member James Tate before moving to the emergency manager’s office.
“Shani will continue to be a key leader for the city serving as an adviser to Governor Snyder and his team, and helping coordinate continuing investment in the region. I look forward to working with Shani in her new role,” Orr said.