Stabilizing the city’s finances will give Detroit residents city services they deserve, added state Treasurer Andy Dillon.
“Continued delays in moving this process forward only promise to make eventual solutions more difficult,” Mr. Dillon said.
Ms. Crittendon did not appear in court Wednesday and sent another lawyer, James Noseda. He told the judge that Ms. Crittendon’s allegiance belonged to Detroit’s newly revised charter, or constitution, which makes the law department an autonomous agency.
Mr. Noseda said the law department was “shut out entirely” in the negotiations between the city and state that led to the unprecedented April agreement. He said Ms. Crittendon’s actions may be unpopular but were necessary.
An appeal of Judge Collette’s order is possible, although some city council members said they hope the case is over.
Associated Press writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this report.
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