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Allen Park's EFM to meet with city residents tonight

Joyce Parker

The emergency financial manager of Allen Park is expected to meet with city residents this evening to talk about the city's priorities.

Gov. Snyder appointed Joyce Parker as the city's emergency financial manager last month.

Parker is expected to answer questions about her role, and the steps she plans to take to help turn things around.

Residents will be asked what city services are most important to them.

Parker isn't just an emergency financial manager in Allen Park. She's also the EFM in Ecorse, and once was the EFM for the Highland Park district.

Parker, who was appointed emergency financial manager for the City of Ecorse in 2009 and the Highland Park school district earlier this year, will continue her role with Ecorse as she takes over Allen Park, but she will no longer serve over the Highland Park district. Donald Weatherspoon, the emergency financial manager for the Muskegon Heights Public Schools district, will assume that role and keep his post with Muskegon Heights.

Pontiac, Ecorse, Flint, and Benton Harbor are other cities with state-appointed emergency financial managers. Public school districts with EFMs are in Detroit, Highland Park and Muskegon Heights.

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