Detroit's program manager talks cooperation - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Detroit's program manager talks cooperation

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

"We are very dedicated to working with the City Council. The mayor's dedicated to working with the City Council, and I think that they're dedicated to working with us," Kriss Andrews said Thursday.

Detroit's new program management director was talking cooperation just a week after overriding the City Council's no vote on work rule changes and a 10 percent wage cut for the city's union employees, workers who are still smarting and maybe council members, too.

"It's always better to get the council in on the front end if you expect to get their approval as to bringing it the day before a vote and presenting it to us, and then we had absolutely no input," said Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown. "I'm asking the administration to be more forthcoming with these documents."

Brown is asking the administration and Financial Advisory Board for more access and greater input into the plan to turn the city around.

"If we don't get the city financially stable, it's very difficult to accomplish any other objective," Andrews said. "I'm never going to say financial stability is job one, but we have to accomplish it so we can do all the things that a city is supposed to do."

A city that could run out of cash again by October.

"If we work with all the constituencies on the other initiatives, we'll be able to get the cash flow stable on a longer term basis. Now if everything goes south, we've got a problem in October, but we don't believe everything's going to go south, and we're dedicated to making sure that doesn't happen," said Andrews. "In reality, people are closer together than sometimes it appears in the news media, and I think we're going to be able to bring the leaders of the city together and move forward constructively."

Andrews' career has included leading automotive suppliers through turnarounds and, more recently, a solar company into bankruptcy. Keeping Detroit out of that situation is his priority.

"We're dedicated to not having the situation that's played out in California and Pennsylvania and other cities in Michigan where there are very dire consequences when people don't get out ahead of the problem, so we're trying to get ahead of the problems."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Van Dyke Construction Scheduled Today

    Van Dyke Construction Scheduled Today

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:48 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:48:59 GMT
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd. The road will be milled, then resurfaced with asphalt. New curbs will be installed. Nine intersections get new traffic signals. Sidewalks will be ramped to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Weather permitting, the project will be finished this summer.
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd. The road will be milled, then resurfaced with asphalt. New curbs will be installed. Nine intersections get new traffic signals. Sidewalks will be ramped to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Weather permitting, the project will be finished this summer.
  • Chrysler Expanding Presence in China

    Chrysler Expanding Presence in China

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:32 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:32:50 GMT
    Fiat and Chrysler announced plans this weekend to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors. The automakers said they will expand their joint venture with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd., and increase the portfolio of Jeeps, which are currently imported to China. Production is expected to start in late 2015.
    Fiat and Chrysler announced plans this weekend to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors. The automakers said they will expand their joint venture with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd., and increase the portfolio of Jeeps, which are currently imported to China. Production is expected to start in late 2015.
  • Ford at the Beijing Auto Show

    Ford at the Beijing Auto Show

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:27 AM EDT2014-04-21 07:27:48 GMT
    Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. Automakers are looking to China's biggest auto show this year to help boost sales in this huge but cooling market. Total sales last year reached 17.9 million vehicles, but growth is expected to slow from 15.7 percent to as low as 8 percent, even as newcomers including Lincoln and Tesla enter the market.
    Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. Automakers are looking to China's biggest auto show this year to help boost sales in this huge but cooling market. Total sales last year reached 17.9 million vehicles, but growth is expected to slow from 15.7 percent to as low as 8 percent, even as newcomers including Lincoln and Tesla enter the market.
Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices