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Residents calling for former emergency manager to testify before Congress

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DETROIT (WNEM) -

One of the people blamed for a city’s water crisis has resigned from his job as emergency manager of the Detroit Public Schools.

Darnell Earley went from one controversy to another in January 2015 when he left Flint for Detroit.

Earley's resignation comes a day before the congressional hearing on the water crisis he was asked to testify at.

The Detroit Free Press reports Earley is declining to testify in Washington D.C. on Wednesday.

Earley was appointed Flint's emergency financial manager by Gov. Rick Snyder in 2013, which he stayed in until January 2015.

Scott Kincaid wants Earley to testify before a congressional committee on Wednesday.

"Well I'm disappointed because I think really think the truth needs to come out as to why we went to the river," Kincaid said.

Congress wants to know what the former flint emergency manager knew and when he knew it. But Earley said he won't testify.

"This is a travesty. This is a disaster. A man-made disaster," Kincaid said.

Early has lawyered up, leaving many residents to wonder why he won't answer the tough questions.

TV5 was told by staff members at Detroit Public Schools were would need to reach out to the DPS spokesperson by email.

Our request for an interview was denied, which was one of many attempts we have made to talk to Earley about his role in the water crisis over the past several weeks.

But Kincaid is talking and said everyone who may have played a role in Flint's water crisis needs to testify.

"They did something wrong and they've created a disaster in our community and they should be held accountable," Kincaid said.

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