Detroit — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan plans to deliver his first State of the City address in nine days — on the same date he announced his campaign a year ago.
Duggan will make the speech Feb. 26 at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, the Mayor’s Office announced Monday in a statement.
The address is not open to the public because it is invitation only, but it will be broadcast live on cable television and streamed online.
Duggan oversees most day-to-day operations of the city — including the Fire Department, blight removal, public lighting and snow removal — while state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr runs Detroit’s finances, handles the city’s bankruptcy case and has oversight of the Police Department. Orr’s plan of adjustment to cut debt in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history is expected this week.
Orr and Duggan forged an agreement setting out their separate spheres of responsibility, but have worked to develop consensus on issues between their staffs.
A year ago on Feb. 26, Duggan stood before hundreds of supporters at the Samaritan Center on Detroit’s east side, and said the city can control its fate. It was before Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Orr to be emergency manager.
The former Detroit Medical Center CEO’s entry into the race made him the first white contender for the city’s top job in 40 years with experience in elected office. He is a former Wayne County prosecutor and county deputy executive.
“We’re going to make a commitment to an administration where every neighborhood has a future,” Duggan said on Feb. 26, 2013.