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Pontiac mayor says consultant status not a conflict

Pontiac, Michigan.

The mayor of Pontiac says his position as a paid consultant to the city’s emergency manager is not a conflict of interest.

Leon Jukowski was elected in 2009, even though the city was already being run by an emergency manager.

He has no power, but the city does pay Jukowski $50,000 a year to be a consultant.

Pontiac resident Quincy Stewart says that’s a conflict. He wants to recall the mayor and has 180 days to collect 3,200 signatures to put the question before voters.

Jukowski says it’s not a conflict, and that emergency managers often get outside help.

"He's spending less money on outside attorneys, and decided to use one of the locals to help him navigate through  this. And that person is me."

Jukowski’s mayoral salary would have been about $120,000 dollars a year.

The emergency manager position is open-ended.