Pontiac, Mich. emergency manager fires city clerk, Treasury OKs
Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel’s recent decision to fire the city clerk led the ACLU to warn that today’s election has been jeopardized. The Treasury Dept., which is responsible for overseeing Emergency Mananger, however, says that it is not worried about the election.
“The department was aware of Mr. Schimmel’s intent to restructure city administration as part of his financial and operating plan which was submitted on October 24, 2011,” Treasury Dept. spokesman Terry Stanton said via-mail Monday afternoon. “The department does not expect the restructuring of the city’s administration to have an adverse impact on Tuesday’s election or the election process.”
On Oct. 28 Schimmel installed his Deputy Emergency Manager Joe Sobota as city clerk and consolidated the city’s precincts.
The Detroit Free Press reports that some election workers apparently protested the changes by not showing up to work the polls this morning.
The protest forced Oakland County officials to find new poll workers, the Free Press reports, and Oakland County Clerk Bill Bullard, Oakland County’s elections director Joe Rozell, and Tom Juitje of Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office have gathered at the Pontiac City hall to help administer the election.
Pontiac voters are choosing a state representative in this election.