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Legal troubles among council members may prompt changes in Flint

steve carmody
Michigan Radio
Flint City Councilman Wantwaz Davis missed a special city council meeting last week after he was jailed on a probation violation

The president of the Flint city council says it may be time to review the council’s ethics policy after another council member was jailed for a probation violation.

Two Flint city council members have spent time behind bars in the past two years.

Kerry Nelson is the Flint city council president. He says the councilmen’s legal issues may lead to changes in their ethics code.

“About the ethics part, we have to really look at that and determine what this community is really looking for and what it needs,” says Nelson.

Nelson declined to comment on the case of councilman Wantwaz Davis.

Last week, Davis was jailed for a probation violation of an impaired driving conviction. Davis allegedly tested positive for marijuana. But Davis’ attorney argues his client has a medical marijuana card.

Voters elected Wantwaz Davis to the Flint city council in 2013, despite his serving nearly 20 years in prison for murder.

Last year, Flint city councilman Eric Mays spent 30 days in jail for impaired driving.

Both Mays and Davis have missed council meetings because of their legal troubles.

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.