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Former EM Mike Brown named in Kurtz absence

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(08/20/12) - In week two for Flint's Emergency Financial Manager, Ed Kurtz is already drawing some criticism.

Last week, he signed a resolution that in his absence he named former emergency manager Mike Brown to act on his behalf.

So what does that mean for the City of Flint? It doesn't mean Mike Brown becomes acting EFM when Kurtz isn't at city hall.

Kurtz said he took last week's action to make sure the city continues to operate in his absence. "I'm not advocating to Mike in any way, shape or form."

Brown won't be able to sign orders or draft resolutions, he will simply run day to day operations, much like an office manager. "Like any organization, when the chief isn't there, there has to be somebody that can run the operations I appointed Mike. Mike can operate on my behalf, however I'm full time I don't plan on being gone much," Kurtz said.

"It doesn't look good because Brown was the former EM before and Mike is now the city administrator," said Flint City Council President Scott Kincaid.

Kincaid isn't concerned with Kurtz naming someone in his absence, rather it's who he chose. "It looks somebody else is running the city and not the state and being controlled by other people."

But Kurtz disputes that claim. "I think there's a concern that I'm here in name only and Brown's still running the operation, but I don't operate that way. I did the same thing when I was here with Darnell Earley. I passed the exact same resolution that he could act under my behalf when I wasn't here," Kurtz said.

If something catastrophic was to happen and Kurtz was not able to make decisions, power would fall back in the state's hands - not Brown's.

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