(08/08/12) - Ed Kurtz has been named the new emergency financial manager for the City of Flint.
The appointment of Kurtz will be like déjà vu for Flint residents. He served as the city's emergency financial manager once before.
Kurtz is the former Baker College president and was first appointed to that post in 2002 by the Engler administration.
His appointment came shortly after the recall of Mayor Woodrow Stanley, when the state took control of Flint's finances.
At the time, the city was $40 million in debt.
Kurtz served as Emergency Financial Manager until 2004. The deficit had been lowered to $9 million, and executive power was handed over to the elected Mayor, Don Williamson.
Wednesday, the State Board of Canvassers certified the emergency manager referendum for the November ballot, meaning Public Act 4 is now suspended, and the state's previous emergency manager law takes its place.
This decision comes after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Stand Up Democracy, the group behind getting the controversial law repealed.
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