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EFM Brown appoints 3 to management team

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Flint Emergency Financial Manager Michael Brown announced Wednesday appointments of several members to his management team.

Jerry Ambrose, Howard Croft and Gary Bates are the first appointments by Brown since being named Flint's Emergency Manager on Dec. 1. 

Ambrose will serve as the city's Financial Advisor overseeing the Finance, Budget, and Treasury Departments.  Croft is the city's new Director of Infrastructure and Development, which includes the departments of Parks and Recreation, Street Maintenance, Water and Sewer, Sanitation, Planning, Fleet and Community and Economic Development.

Bates is serving a temporary, 90-day appointment as the Director of Human Resources and Labor Relations. These are salaried positions, without benefits, according to Brown.

"There was a time when the city could afford a manager for every department, but those days are gone," said Brown.  Flint is facing some tough financial challenges, and we have to find ways to cut costs while continuing to deliver essential services to the residents."

Brown has already fired several city employees and has ended pay and benefits for the mayor and city council.

Brown is a former Flint mayor who was appointed emergency manager earlier this month. A state review found the city has deep financial problems and has shifted money around to try to make ends meet.

Flint, population 102,000, is 1 of 4 Michigan cities to have an emergency manager. The others are Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac. Detroit schools also have a manager.

Copyright 2011 WNEM. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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