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Snyder: Detroit, Allen Park show emergency manager system working

Gov. Rick Snyder
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will travel to Italy and Germany in March.

Gov. Rick Snyder says the city of Allen Park’s financial emergency has been resolved and its emergency manager is leaving.

The Detroit suburb has been overseen by a state-appointed emergency manager since October of 2012. Snyder says it is another example that shows state takeovers of cash-strapped cities work.

“I think that’s a good illustration of the system working right,” Snyder told reporters Thursday in Detroit.

“Allen Park was a situation where we had an emergency manager. She’s going to be able to leave, which is great. We’ve done that in Pontiac, we’ve done it in Benton Harbor, and we’re on the verge of doing it here in Detroit.”

Allen Park’s financial problems were partly due to a failed movie studio development project.

Emergency managers still oversee seven Michigan cities and school districts. 17 are under some form of state oversight.