Eric Mays removed as chairman of Flint City Council's Finance Committee
(1/23/2019) - The new year is bringing a big change for the Flint City Council.
Council President Herbert Winfrey announced on Wednesday that Eric Mays will be removed as chairman of the Finance Committee. Mays had been appointed to the post a year ago.
Councilwoman Monica Galloway was appointed to lead the committee for 2019.
As council president, he has authority to set committee assignments and appoint leadership.
Council president Herbert Winfrey recently held a meeting with Mays. The two of them discussing issues on moving the city forward.
"Leaders bring people together. Leaders don't divide and conquer and those were some of the issues we talked about," Winfrey said.
Mays said not only is this move wrong, but he plans on exploring if his removal was illegal.
"A forum would be court if it is not settled prior, because that way every detail can be looked at and it can be examined," Mays said.
In recent months, Mays had been engaged in a public feud with Councilwomen Eva Worthing and Kate Fields, who both accused Mays of harassment and abuse of power during Finance Committee meetings.
Mays denied any wrongdoing in his treatment of them and has said both councilwomen are difficult to work with on the committee.
The council's Finance Committee works with the Mayor's Office on setting an annual budget and all city spending matters.