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DETROIT (WNEM) -

Darnell Earley, the Detroit Public Schools emergency manager, is leaving his position early.

Earley notified Gov. Rick Snyder on Feb. 2 that he will leave his position Feb. 29.

“Darnell has done a very good job under some very difficult circumstances. I want to thank him for his professionalism and his service to the people of Michigan,” Snyder said. “He restructured a heavily bureaucratic central office, set in place operating and cost-containment measures, and has taken steps to stabilize enrollment. These factors should all set the course for a sustainable, new Detroit Community Schools, as I have proposed.”

Earley said his plans over the past year have addressed the school district’s budget deficit.

“I have completed the comprehensive restructuring, necessary to downsizing the central office, and the development of a network structure that empowers the educational leadership of our schools to direct more resources toward classroom instruction. This and other initiatives implemented over the past year were completed ahead of my 18-month schedule as provided in the Act,” Earley said.

Snyder said he will appoint a transition leader before the end of February to address the district’s finances.

There is legislation currently under consideration that would address a debt elimination plan for the school district, which is $515 million in debt, according to the governor’s office.

The president of the Michigan AFL-CIO issued a statement regarding Earley's resignation.

"Darnell Earley was a complete disaster as the Emergency Manager of Detroit Public Schools and the City of Flint," said Ron Bieber, president of the Michigan AFL-CIO.

Bieber went on to blame Snyder for the problems in Flint and Detroit.

"Gov. Snyder needs to stop treating Flint and DPS like public relations problems and start doing what's right for the people of Michigan," Bieber said.

Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, D-Flint, also released a statement on Tuesday.

"For the sake of the kids, Earley needed to go, but this move should in no way allow him to dodge his responsibility to fully comply with every investigation about his role in the Flint water crisis," Ananich said.

Before Earley became the DPS emergency manager he was the emergency financial manager of Flint. He held that position from September 2013 through January 2015.

Earley played a role in the decision to switch Flint’s water source from Detroit to the Flint River. That decision caused lead to leak from the city's pipes into the water stream, poisoning Flint residents.

Flint is now in a state of emergency and is receiving state and federal assistance to bring residents safe drinking water.

Earley also served as the city manager of Saginaw from 2006 to 2013 and the city administrator of Flint from 2001 to 2004.

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