Michigan governor doesn't expect to be charged over Flint water emergency

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LANSING (WJRT) - (12/22/16) - Governor Rick Snyder admits the multiple criminal charges against Flint's former Emergency Managers, Darnell Earley and Jerry Ambrose, are serious ones, but he says the two men should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Snyder would like all of us to wait for the judicial process to play out.

The former emergency managers, along with two City of Flint employees, are accused of keeping Flint on Flint River water and using a water treatment plant that wasn't ready for service.

That eventually led to high lead level in the drinking water and a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease.

When asked if he's expecting similar criminal charges for his actions that led to the water emergency, Snyder's answer was "simply no."

"I don't think of that at all. I'm busy doing solutions in Flint. The way I view it is there's investigations going on. My goal is to make Flint a better place. And we're working on that, on an ongoing basis and we're seeing a lot of progress, but more work to be done. It was a terrible tragedy, we're seeing a strong improvement in terms of water quality, education, health, jobs - over 800 have been created or are in the process of being created in Flint in the last year. That's a lot of jobs, let's keep it up," he said.

So far 13 people have been charged in the wake of the water emergency.

ABC12's Matt Franklin recently sat down with the Governor to hear how he thinks the year went overall.

We'll have that interview Friday on ABC12 News.

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