Things were looking up in the Motor City. General Motors was adding jobs and Chrysler reported its first profit since bankruptcy, when an old nemesis reappeared: government corruption which may affect several agencies, and the city’s least well-off residents.
On Wednesday, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing fired Dr. Yvonne Anthony, director of the city’s Department of Health and Wellness Promotion .
The dismissal, the Detroit Free Press reported took place “as part of a widening investigation into corruption within city government.”
Anthony, who moments before police arrived had told her staff that she was resigning, was taken out of the building by officers. She was not under arrest and thus far has not been charged.
The department, which oversees $50 million in federal and state funds, had been under scrutiny for alleged misspending, and Anthony’s sudden resignation drew the interest of Bing’s office. A mayoral spokesperson that “The [ongoing] investigation will determine if there was mismanagement and wrongdoing in that department."
The city is also looking into the Human Services Department, for alleged misspending. Last week, the department’s director and several staffers were suspended.
Two weeks ago, the Free Press reported “the misuse of grant money within the Human Services Department. That agency misspent more than $200,000 on furniture—money that was supposed to be used to clothe and feed low-income Detroiters.”
Former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick served four months in jail after pleading guilty to 10 felony counts, including perjury and obstruction of justice relating to a corruption investigation.
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