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Gov. Snyder appoints new state treasurer

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LANSING (WJRT) -

(10/15/13) - Gov. Rick Snyder announced who will take the reins of the state treasury department.

Kevin Clinton will replace outgoing State Treasurer Andy Dillon on Nov. 1.

That means Clinton will be working closely with cash-strapped cities like Flint.

Flint city leaders believe the new leadership could mean a new opportunity to break away from the state's control.

"You know, I've always liked a challenge," Clinton said.

Managing Flint's finances has proven to be a big challenge. Gov. Snyder says Clinton's financial expertise is perfect for the state's treasury top spot.

Right now, he's the head of the State Department of Insurance and Financial Services. Clinton will now be working closely with Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley and other struggling cities and schools.

City Council President Scott Kincaid is looking forward to the change.

"I think there should be a fresh new start and the new treasurer brings that opportunity," he said.

Kincaid wants to move away from state control. He hopes Clinton can offer new perspective, and help with that transition.

"It's all about getting government back to the people and to the people that elect those to be in responsible positions to make those decisions, not somebody else," Kincaid said.

Clinton says he needs to get caught up on the financial situation in Flint. Dillon will be helping him while Clinton transitions into the treasurer position.

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