Flint City Councilman says city too dangerous, quits - WNEM TV 5

Flint City Councilman says city too dangerous, quits

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Michael Sarginson, Flint's 8th Ward councilman, has resigned his position with the city, citing safety and economic well-being of the residents as a major concern.

"When you watch the negativity that goes on in Flint day after day... it eats at you as a council person," Sarginson explained.

Sarginson submitted a letter of resignation earlier this week, after police failed to respond to an incident he reported.

"I called them, because one of my neighbors was a victim of a crime.. they never showed up," Sarginson said.

TV5 was not able to confirm if police responded to the incident, calls to Chief Alvern Lock were not returned. 

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said he was told by the department that an officer was sent out to the victim, but Sarginson said he was given no such confirmation.

"A councilman has special needs... and if a councilman has a situation where he needs help... they should at least get back with him," Sarginson said.

"Whatever the reason is... I respect his decision, and thank him for his service," said Mayor Walling.

"But it's time to move on," he added.

The city's charter calls for the position to be filled in the next 30 days.

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