New Detroit Charter Tackles Corruption

Photo by Pat Batcheller

Detroit residents will vote this fall on a revised charter for the city. One of the main goals of the new charter is to discourage corruption, and give the city more power to remove officials who break the law. Jenice Mitchell Ford chairs the charter commission, which spent two years rewriting the document. The panel sorted through more than 500 recommendations offered by Detroit residents. The proposed revisions are expected to appear on the November 8th ballot. If it fails…Ford says commissioners will only have a few months to make changes and put it back on the ballot in a special election before their terms expire next spring. WDET's Pat Batcheller talked with Ford on Tuesday. Click the audio link above to hear the conversation.

To learn more, you can visit the commission’s web site.