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Posted on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 1:45 p.m.

U-M law school graduate leading candidate for Detroit emergency manager

By Cindy Heflin

A University of Michigan Law School graduate has emerged as the top contender for emergency manager in Detroit, Detroit media outlets reported.


Kevyn Orr

Jones Day photo

Both The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press reported Kevyn D. Orr is Gov. Rick Snyder's top choice for the job. The governor’s office would not confirm Orr is being considered, both newspapers reported, but The News said Orr is the only one whose name has emerged as a candidate who hasn’t denied interest. Both newspapers reported unnamed sources had confirmed that Orr is the leading candidate.

Orr is a partner in the law firm Jones Day, where he practices in business restructuring, financial institution regulation, and commercial litigation, according to information on the firm’s website. He is a 1983 graduate of the U-M Law School and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the university.



Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 1:38 a.m.

I know Detroiters cannot unit 100% and rally behind an EM or EFM, but I do wish enough would come together to realize this is inevitable outcome of decades-long mismanagement of a city. Instead of fighting this at every turn, be proactive and offer solutions, and stop with the constant feet dragging that is so pervasive to reforming anything in Detroit.

The Picker

Wed, Mar 13, 2013 : 12:02 a.m.

Good luck Mr. Orr! Now is the time for this good man to come to the aid of his state.

Morty Seinfeld

Tue, Mar 12, 2013 : 7:32 p.m.

God help whoever ends up with that position.....they're going to need all the help they can get walking into that hornet's nest of dysfunction! Robert Bobb the former DPS EM is probably still coming off a booze bender after working with that bag of mixed nuts!