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In keeping with his campaign promise, Mayor Dave Bing announced members of his Cabinet and Crisis Turnaround Teams today during a press conference in the Mayor’s Office. This is the first of several press briefings that the Mayor intends to hold to keep the citizens of Detroit informed on his turnaround process. Mayor Bing introduced six members of his Cabinet and nearly 30 members of his Crisis Turnaround team. 

“I look forward to working with each of these professionals as we begin to put the city back on the right track both fiscally and operationally,” said Mayor Bing.

Mayor Bing is offering a different approach to managing the City, utilizing the Group Executive approach.  The Group Executive have expertise within their given fields and will manage several clustered key departments. Group Executives will report directly to Mayor Bing and will be held accountable for the overall success of each department within their group. Group Executives include: George Jackson, Economic Development; Darchelle Strickland-Love, Health and Human Services; Saul Green, Public Safety; Norman White, Finance; Bob Warfield, Communications; Charles Beckham, Chief Administrative Officer; and Sue Carnell, Mayor’s Office. Additionally, Mayor Bing intends to fill one remaining Group Executive position, which is Operations.
Mayor Bing feels this is the least disruptive management approach while maintaining the delivery of quality City services, while he and his Crisis Turnaround Team evaluate the fiscal stability of the City.

Mayor Bing’s Crisis Turnaround Team is comprised of nearly 30 volunteers, including retired and senior executives, who are contributing their time and expertise to review, evaluate and develop recommendations for improving the City’s fiscal status. Team Co-Chairs are Denise Illitch, Freman Hendrix and Joseph Walsh. Turnaround team members will work in the areas of finance/budget, human resources, legal and stimulus management. Their names and short bios are included in the attached document. Members of the team will volunteer their time and resources for the next 100 days.

For more information on Mayor Bing’s Cabinet as well as the Crisis Turnaround Team, please contact the Mayor’s Office at (313) 224-3400.