Bing Shakes Up Staff

Two top members of Detroit Mayor Dave Bing’s administration are resigning in the aftermath of a whistle-blower lawsuit filed against the city. A former aide to Bing charged in a lawsuit that the Mayor’s chief spokesperson – Karen Dumas – had intimidated her in the workplace. The suit also alleges that Dumas wielded an inordinate amount of clout in the Mayor’s office for a communications director. City officials countered that the aide had sought a large settlement and a better paying job before being rebuffed and filing the suit. Yet the situation became headline news in Detroit media outlets. Now Bing says he has accepted the resignation of both Dumas and his chief of staff. Bing said, “I’m returning the focus to where it belongs. On what I’ve done and what I will continue to do to address the challenges facing our city.” Bing is replacing the chief of staff with former Administration official Kirk Lewis, who had been fired by the Mayor and is mentioned in the lawsuit as allegedly having been used as a scapegoat to hide the Mayor’s attempt to take over the Detroit schools. Dumas says she will spend time traveling and fighting the charges in the suit.