Mike Duggan says he'll have professional, respectful relationship with emergency manager

Published On: Dec 24 2013 03:06:13 PM EST   Updated On: Oct 29 2014 01:42:10 PM EDT

Mike Duggan now has a tough job ahead of him after winning the race for Detroit mayor.


One day after being voted in as Detroit's next mayor, Mike Duggan says he's having an "amazing day."

During a press conference Wednesday, the former Detroit Medical Center CEO fielded questions from reporters about what he'd been up to since his win over Benny Napoleon.

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"I've gotten calls from all over the state and country," Duggan said. He added that even Vice President Joe Biden had phoned him to congratulate him and say the White House would be "fully supportive." He also said he had called back many supporters.

"I wanted to make it a point to say thank you to the voters of Detroit. I know they have expectations that I’m going to go into City Hall and take on that bureaucracy," Duggan said.

In the next 48 hours, the mayor-elect said he would be sitting down with Gov. Rick Snyder, outgoing Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr.

One reporter asked Duggan what he thought about being elected the city's first white mayor in four decades.

"I resent the term 'white mayor.' People in Detroit see me as a Detroiter," he said.

Detroit's finances currently are controlled by Orr, and by the time Duggan takes office in January, a federal judge may already have ruled the city bankrupt.

When asked how he'll deal with that, Duggan said, "The relationship is going to be professional and respectful."

Duggan said he expects to have input and make arguments, but he will find out what his exact role will be when he meets with Snyder and Orr.

"I’m just going to sit down in a positive way and see if we can work out terms," he said.

Duggan also will be expected to have solutions for lowering one of the nation's highest violent crime rates and fixing block upon block of crumbling neighborhoods.


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