Detroit— Detroit’s new mayor will play a “vital role” in restoring financial stability, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr wrote in an order posted Wednesday that grants Mike Duggan full pay and benefits.
Orr laid out the decision in his 20th official order since taking office in March. He also allowed former Mayor Dave Bing to collect pay and benefits.
In the six-page order, now posted on the city’s website, Orr also formally adopts a delegation of authority agreement forged between the pair. Duggan, Orr said, will be a key player in ensuring continuity of city services and restoring financial stability. The order was effective Jan. 1.
Detroit’s mayor is paid $158,559 annually, according to the latest compensation figures provided by the city.
The order says Duggan will oversee day-to-day operations of the city except for the Police Department, while Orr handles all finance functions. The two will collaborate on the city’s restructuring initiatives. But Orr must sign off on mayoral decisions on restructuring, outsourcing of services and infrastructure investments over $50,000 as well as the hiring or dismissal of full-time employees earning more than $50,000 a year.
Under state law, Orr reserves the right to rescind or modify the order at any time.