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Flint's elected leaders will get special training on how to govern their troubled city next month

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
Flint's nine city council members attending their swearing in ceremony earlier this month

Flint city council members will receive special training next month that may help pave the way for the city to emerge from state oversight.

An emergency manager, appointed by the governor, has run the city of Flint since 2011.

City leaders hope to retake control of the city, possibly as early as late next year.

Flint emergency manager Darnell Earley says before that can happen it’s important the city’s elected leaders learn how to properly govern.

That’s why he’s organizing the Dec. 14th training session.

“I’ll be bringing in resources from other agencies to talk a little bit about governance. To talk a little bit about elected officials’ roles and responsibilities,” Earley said during a recent news conference, “This will be the beginning of those discussions of the responsibilities of elected officials under normal circumstances.”

City council members will be required to attend the training session or they may not get paid.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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