Ex-Troy official takes plea in domestic violence case

Mike Martindale
The Detroit News
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Troy — A former Troy city manager entered a no contest plea Monday to a domestic violence case in which he allegedly tackled a 28-year-old girlfriend and drove her face into the ground outside a Clawson address during an argument last month.

Brian Kischnick appeared before Clarkston District Judge Kelley Kostin and submitted the no contest plea in the March 9 incident, essentially the same as a guilty plea but without benefit of a trial or appeal.

In accepting the plea, Kostin said she would continue Kischnick’s bond, but he would have to appear in court twice more, including on May 21 when she will sentence him on the offense, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 93 days in jail and fines. Kostin set a $5,000 cash surety bond for Kischnick last month.

Kischnick, 50, was fired by the city council last month, just two days after the Clawson incident. He has declined to be interviewed by The News, but prior to his firing, he wrote a letter to the city council denying any assault took place. He explained the couple had been out to dinner and drinking and got into an argument. Witnesses claim they saw Kischnick tackle the woman and throw her to the ground.

“As the situation escalated, I attempted to calm her down, diffuse the situation, defend myself and prevent harm to her and I," Kischnick wrote the council. "As we continued toward our destination, I was holding her to protect us and get there safely. We fell to the ground at least two times. The fact is I never hit her, abused her, threw her to the ground or harmed her. I was only trying to calm her down and make sure she arrived home safely.”

Kischnick again declined to talk to a reporter Monday. Outside the courtroom, his attorney, Anjali Prasad, insisted her client is not abusive.

“Anyone who knows Brian knows that’s not the kind of person he is … he was just trying to get her home,” she said.

When asked that, if he is innocent, why wouldn’t Kischnick fight the charge against him, Prasad said she would have preferred to take the case to trial.

“I was against it (the plea),” said Prasad but added Kischnick insisted.

“He wants to spare her (victim) becoming a spectacle like he has become.”

The couple previously worked together at Troy City Hall, where Kischnick was her supervisor.

Clawson police have talked to several neighbors who could have been called to testify on what they witnessed on March 9.

Kostin cautioned Kischnick that all previous conditions of his bond remain in effect. Kischnick dodged jail time earlier this month after Kostin was advised that he had violated his bond by telephoning the victim. Kostin told Kischnick if it happened again, she would sentence him to 30 days in jail.

Kischnick was hired by Troy in 2012 after serving as Tittabawassee Township manager. His contract as Troy’s $161,000-a-year city manager was just extended this past summer.

Kischnick was the focus of a city hall probe two years ago for an unreported accident involving a city car and also questionable expenditures.

After a two-month investigation of concerns, officials said no criminal matters occurred and no disciplinary action was required against Kischnick, who agreed to reimburse the city for $1,000 in repairs caused in the traffic accident.


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