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Flint Emergency Manager issues order to "address actions" of Councilman Eric Mays

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(12/13/13) - Flint Emergency Manager Darnell Earley has issued an executive order, he said, that addresses actions of Councilman Eric Mays.

It's the latest in the back and forth following Mays' arrest last month. Flint Police allege he was driving drunk, the wrong way on I-475 and on four flat tires, was in possession of marijuana and refused to be fingerprinted.

A special assistant city attorney has been appointed to prosecute the criminal case. Mays has been charged with four misdemeanors. City officials have since called for him to resign. He has refused.

An emailed press release, from the city, indicates the order sets forth stringent guidelines intended to address a pattern of persistent disruptive behavior and inappropriate, intimidating communication with staff by Councilman Mays.  

It also sets guidelines for Mays' continued presence on City Council in light of his dismissive response to calls for his resignation, according to the release.

"This is a very serious matter. Without this action, it is my opinion that the issues surrounding Councilman Mays will be a distraction and therefore will interfere with my ability to manage the City," said Earley. "The City cannot afford these types of distractions to our efforts of addressing the many important challenges that confront the community. City Council members serve a very important role as public officials and their leadership must not be compromised by their individual actions as we begin talking about the future of the City of Flint post-emergency management. "

Earley's Executive Order #3, effective Friday, reads:

1. Councilman Mays shall not directly communicate with City of Flint staff, including the
Emergency Manager, except for the following:

a. to report an emergency or to respond to Police or Fire Departments;
b. in association with payment for his personal utilities or taxes;
c. in association with starting or stopping his personal water service;
d. as permitted by the Emergency Manager.

2. Councilman Mays shall not make referrals to the Emergency Manager or any other City
staff.

3. Councilman Mays shall inform residents of the 1st Ward to direct matters to the City
Clerk, who shall then submit those matters to the Emergency Manager.

4. Councilman Mays shall communicate with the Emergency Manager via email only,
unless otherwise directed by the Emergency Manager.

5. Councilman Mays shall not be disruptive during City Council meetings and other meetings to which the Emergency Manager directs him to attend, and shall not:

a. address Council during the public comment period;
b. address Council unless he is first recognized by the Council president;
c. address Council about matters that are not on the Council agenda.

6. Councilman Mays is permitted access to City Hall only on Monday through Friday from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and during Council meetings, but otherwise shall not be permitted on the
premises.

7. Councilman Mays is no longer permitted to utilize the City Hall parking garage and shall
immediately return to the City Clerk the parking garage opener he was issued.

8. The Council President shall enforce the above directives at City Council meetings and, in
the event a person persists in disturbing the orderly conduct of a Council meeting after
having been clearly informed that he or she is unreasonably causing a disturbance, shall
request that the police arrest that individual under Flint City Code §31-12(6), Disorderly
Conduct and Disorderly Persons.

For a complete copy of the press release, click HERE.

Additionally, Earley issued another order canceling Monday's scheduled council meeting.

Also, the Michigan Secretary of State's office says it has been asked to look into one aspect of Mays' election.

Earlier this month, there was a recount of the First Ward at the request of runner up Anita Brown. Mays actually gained one vote in the process, but during the recount, absentee ballots were not included because the seal numbers on the ballot boxes didn't match numbers in a log book.

The Genesee County Clerk wants the state to look into why those numbers didn't match.

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