Orr a guest at Snyder’s speech

Chad Livengood
Detroit News Lansing Bureau

Lansing — Former Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr was at the Capitol Tuesday as a special guest of Gov. Rick Snyder for his old boss’ first State of the State address since the city emerged last month from bankruptcy.

Orr said he’s “blissfully unemployed” and “decompressing” after a long 20 months commuting back and forth to Detroit from his home in suburban Washington, D.C.

“I’m Mr. Mom, taking my daughter to ballet classes, taking my son to karate. All that kind of good stuff,” Orr told The Detroit News. “And I make a mean spaghetti.”

Orr disclosed the secret to his culinary creation: Add Jimmy Dean sausage, ground beef, chives, onion and sage to regular spaghetti sauce.

Orr, a bankruptcy attorney, left a lucrative partnership at the Jones Day law firm to become Detroit emergency manager in March 2013. He has not said what his next career plans are.

Snyder acknowledged Orr and touted his administration’s accomplishments in helping Detroit shed $7 billion in debt in bankruptcy and spur economic development in downtown and Midtown during the hour-long annual address.